Disciples making disciples
"No Creed But Christ, No Book But The Bible, No Law But Love."
MINISTERIAL CREDENTIALS offered through the Evangelical Christian Church in Canada (Christian Disciples) is a partnership between the local church, and a life vocation in ministry as a minister of God, in which the God-given leadership gifts (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher) of a believer is exercised and recognized.
The Evangelical Christian Church (Christian Disciples) accepts those who are found in local churches, house-churches, small groups, evangelism, missionaries, prison and hospital chaplains, police and military chaplains, hospice, and transport for Christ chaplains It also accepts Senior pastors, music directors, counsellors, children and youth pastors, assistant pastors, bi-vocational pastors and ministers, music directors, funeral directors, Parachurch ministries, Bikers for Jesus, and marketplace ministries. These leadership roles can be found in para-church organizations, marketplace ministries, counselling agencies, parachurch ministries, which are in the local church, and also those who work and minister in other denominations.
The Evangelical Christian Church in Canada (Christian Disciples) ministerial credentials enable the local church and this fellowship to affirm the Christian character, testimony, and spiritual maturity of its clergy, and to extend authority to those who minister in the exercising of servant leadership within the Evangelical Christian Church in Canada (Christian Disciples). Ministerial credentials affirm the presence of spiritual qualities of leadership as found in the New Testament pattern of the church. This spiritual covering extends legal status to the exercise of the person's ministry which marks the completion of preliminary and preparatory steps for a person and a progression beyond a license. It also testifies to the concurrence of the minister and the denomination, affirming the gift-mix of the servant, continuity in ministry, and a level of maturity achieved.
The ecclesiastical church body of the General Assembly of the Evangelical Christian Church in Canada (Christian Disciples) is made up of clergy who are serving other independent church agencies and fellowships while holding ministerial credentials with the Evangelical Christian Church in Canada (Christian Disciples).
ELIGIBILITY FOR MINISTERIAL CREDENTIALS
The Covenant of Certified Christian Worker
In some special cases, we will issue an individual a "Certified Christian Worker" certificate. It must be requested by a pastor or mentor on behalf of someone whom they feel has a potential calling on their life, and is making preparation to fulfill that calling. It acknowledges their willingness to work in ministry under the supervision of the pastor and the local church leadership, until such time they are recommended for regular ministerial credentials or meet the requirements of the Credentials Standing Committee. The Christian Worker credentials are issued to a person who has a call on his/her life to the work of ministry. Those candidates who are Sunday School Superintendents, Sunday School Teachers, Church Administrators, Hospital or Nursing Home workers, House-to-House Visitation workers, Altar Worker, Street, and Jail Ministry workers, and other leadership ministry roles that are in the Local Church will be accepted by the Credentials Standing Committee for this credential.
The Covenant of License
A license will be granted to persons who are engaged in pastoring, preaching or evangelizing. Those authorized by a recognized organization or denomination will also meet that requirement. If possible, applicants should submit copies of a license when applying to the Evangelical Christian Church in Canada. A license granted by the Evangelical Christian Church (Christian Disciples) in Canada entitles the holder to perform all the church functions, including baptism, burial services, the Lord's Supper, and allows them to use the title "Reverend." The main requirements that the Credentials Standing Committee will be looking for will be found in areas of Christian maturity, experience in ministry, and Biblical training. The license holder is not authorized to perform the marriage ceremony unless granted on a temporary basis at the discretion of the Credentials Standing Committee.
The Covenant of Ordination
The Evangelical Christian Church (Christian Disciples) in Canada considers ordination an important ordinance. If the applicant is an ordained minister, then a copy or other proof of ordination must accompany the application during the time of interview. If the candidate was not ordained by a recognized denomination and is seeking ordination, the main requirements that the Credentials Standing Committee will be looking for will be found in the areas of Christian maturity, experience in ministry, and Biblical training. The candidate must meet all the requirements of the Evangelical Christian Church in Canada (Christian Disciples). Training, at the time of the interview, to be considered. Only credentials obtained through a recognized organization or denomination will be considered for transfer. Documents submitted to the Ministerial Examination Committee for ordination must show that their activities and training are a requirement for this status.
Certified Pastoral Counselor
The Certified Pastoral Counselor certificate is the recognition of qualified pastoral mental health service practitioner where individuals must develop and maintain skills in two distinct areas - counselling and ministry. The candidate must hold an ordination certificate from a reputable denomination or organization and must have the necessary counselling education, or be willing to take an intense certificate or diploma courses from Waterloo Bible College. (The candidate must be ordained to qualify for this credential).