Credentialing in the Covenant Church
Vocational ministry begins with a personal sense that God Himself is indeed calling you to be set apart for ministry within the body of Christ. This calling must be tested and authenticated by the larger church. When the church affirms this calling it offers the appropriate credential endorsing a person to serve and lead within the various roles of ministry. The Evangelical Covenant Church maintains high standards for its ministerial credentials, recognizing that those called and gifted to serve in vocational ministry are trusted with sacred responsibilities.
Credentialing of lead pastors, staff minsters, bi-vocational pastors, and theological students is a function of the Covenant’s Department of Ordered Ministry. Credentialing is done in partnership with the Conference Superintendent and the Committee on Ministerial Standing (COMS) elected by the regional Conference Ministerium.
The Covenant grants several types of credentials. Some are annually renewable credentials (licenses) and some are permanent credentials.
Our cycle for receiving new ministry license applications takes place twice each year. The first cycle begins in January, with interviews in March; the second cycle begins in June with interviews in September.