This credential is designed for those who are presently in a Sr./lead pastor role and have been involved in an EFCA ministry for 10 years or more, and who desire to be aligned with and accountable to the EFCA. The requirement is that the candidate has the appropriate theological understanding of the Statement of Faith, character worthy of a minister of the gospel, and alignment with the EFCA. Being approved for a license grants the candidate all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of an EFCA credential.
This license will only be available to obtain until November 1, 2022.
This Ministry License will be issued for three years and, thereafter, is renewable. One is not required to pursue the Certificate of Christian Ministry or the Certificate of Ordination but can renew the Ministry License every three years, in conjunction with the three-year reaffirmation of the Statement of Faith. If the candidate would like to pursue further credentialing, the district will determine, in consultation with the candidate, which credential will be pursued following this Ministry License.
For those who are credentialed (ordained) in a local church or in another denomination, once credentialed in the EFCA, the former credential would be considered inactive.Based on our congregational polity, we do not recognize or approve dual credentials (ordinations), which means the person’s primary alignment and accountability is with the EFCA.
Required Documents for Ministry License (Expedited)
(PDF copies to print and mail to your district)
- License Application
- Letter from candidate indicating his desire to be licensed by the EFCA
- Affirmation of Fulfillment of requirements
- Policy on Spiritual and Character Qualifications (PSCQ) Elders’ Questionnaire Only
- EFCA Minister’s Profile
After the district office receives your required documents for this Ministry License, and before finalizing approval, a representative from the district or a member of the District Board of Ministerial Standing (DBOMS) will schedule a phone call with you.