Qualifications

Applicants who seek to serve as licensed official workers with The Christian and Missionary Alliance will demonstrate a commitment to the Lord and to His Word through their character, lifestyle, and the values by which they live.

First Steps

If you believe God has called you to serve in this capacity, first complete the Next Steps form. Once your candidate developer or district gives you instructions to access the application, you can complete it online. This includes the Application for Ministry, Biographical Inventory, and Doctrinal Questionnaire as well as an online Bible exam. Once all required documents are submitted to your Alliance candidate developer or district office, an accreditation interview is scheduled to determine eligibility for licensing.

Evaluation Criteria

Each candidate is evaluated based on the following:

  • Ability to articulate a divine call to serve God in vocational Christian ministry
  • Consistent exercise of spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, worship, and personal devotions, including the daily study and application of God’s Word
  • Relational and emotional health and maturity, including positive family relationships
  • Passion to share the gospel with lost people and an ability to motivate and train others to do so
  • Working knowledge of the Bible as well as proficiency in biblical interpretation, biblical and pastoral theology, and Great Commission ministry
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Alliance mission, vision, Core Values, and distinctives; this includes a willingness to submit to constituted authority as defined by the C&MA Board of Directors.
  • Compliance with the intent of the Statement on Abstinence from Addictive Practices by Licensed Workers of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, adopted by the C&MA Board of Directors
  • Demonstrated knowledge of biblical content through successful completion of an examination
  • Participation in the worldwide work of The Alliance by contributing financially to the support of Alliance ministries [exceptions to this requirement can be made only with approval of the Alliance district superintendent and the district Licensing, Ordination, and Consecration Council (LO&CC)]
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of Bible, theology, and ministry study from an Alliance college or theological seminary, or from another fully accredited graduate or undergraduate institution; this academic requirement may be fulfilled through alternative study programs provided by Alliance Church Ministries
  • Evidence of having successfully completed a course in Alliance Polity and Distinctives as approved by the Church Ministries Office

Divorce

The Alliance will license persons who have been divorced and remarried only if the divorce occurred prior to conversion or if there is sufficient biblical grounds for the marriage’s dissolution.

An applicant for licensed ministry who has been divorced and remarried, or whose spouse has been divorced, will undergo a preliminary interview with the Alliance district superintendent. Upon his recommendation, the applicant may appeal to Church Ministries to determine if he/she meets the guidelines adopted by the C&MA Board of Directors. If approved, the candidate is eligible to continue the licensing process through the district LO&CC.

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