¶805 DISCERNING THE CALL OF GOD FOR CREDENTIALED MINISTRY
Confirmation of the initial stages of God’s call to credentialed ministry in The Free Methodist Church in Canada begins when the leaders of a local church discern and confirm that call by granting a lay minister’s license to a member of the congregation. This is how the process of a person being set apart for credentialed ministry begins. In the paragraphs that follow, the requirements of each stage of this process are set out.
The director of leadership development and church health, working with the credentialing coordinator and the ministerial education, guidance and placement (MEGaP) committee, oversees the steps to credentialed ministry, once a lay minister is recommended for ministerial candidacy.
A document entitled “Steps to Credentialed Ministry” summarizes the credentialing process. It is available through the credentialing coordinator or on the FMCIC website.