Becoming a Credentialed Minister with the EMCC
The word credential is drawn from the same root as 'credibility.'
Credentials are a statement of confidence in the individuals who bear these credentials. The issuing of ministry credentials is one of the important responsibilities entrusted to the National Church. A credentialed minister has been affirmed and approved in their calling, gifting and leadership to serve with the EMCC.
EMCC issues three types of ministry credentials.
- Certified Minister Credential (CM) - allows gifted leaders who do not have the requisite educational training to be recognized with a credential and serve in their context.
- Licensed Minister Credential (LM) - requires the equivalency of a B.TH preparation in Bible and Theology.
- Ordained Minister Credential (OM) - granted to licensed ministers who have developed a proven track record of leadership, integrity and doctrinal soundness, and who, after at least 2 years of proven service, are put forward for Ordination by their congregation.
Recognition of Previous Ordination (ROPO) - Recognition occurs in cases where an individual holds credentials from another denomination and the EMCC has no bi-lateral agreement. That recognition may happen when it is judged that the previous credential is sufficiently equivalent to EMCC ordination. Where the preparation for ordination differs substantially, a minister from another denomination will apply for license.
Interested in obtaining credentials with EMCC?
Here is a general overview of the process:
- Contact Regional Minister (RM) to begin process
- Phase 1 Application
- ALL those seeking credentials with the EMCC will start with Phase 1 (except for those who currently hold LM credentials with the EMCC and are applying to obtain OM status).
- Interview with RM or Representative
- Phase 2 Application (either CM, LM, or ROPO track selected by RM)
- Interview with Credential Interview Team
- Recommendation to the President
We have a number of Credential Interview Teams (CITs) who serve across the country, allowing for a quality Interview experience closer to our applicants and congregations.