ORDAINED MINISTER

Qualifications for ordination are outlined in the New Testament (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:7-9). In addition:

1. Applicants must be 23 years of age or older.

2. They must have met all requirements in making application and in completing the prescribed application form.

3. No person may be ordained to the ministry until he or she has held a license to preach and has been engaged in active work as a pastor, evangelist, or some other recognized and proven full-time preaching ministry for at least 2 full consecutive years immediately prior thereto.

4. Applicant must be a resident of the Northern New England District and have been a member of this district for at least one year and must appear before the District Credentials Committee. Furthermore, the applicant must have met the requirements and secured the endorsement of the officiary of the district with which he or she was previously licensed.

5. Exceptions to requirements. The General Council Credentials Committee, upon request by a district credentials committee and where exceptional circumstances exist, may waive the requirements for an applicant holding a license to preach for 2 full consecutive years or being a member of the district in which he or she is seeking ordination for at least 1 year.

6. In order to maintain status, ordained ministers shall be engaged in viable ministry and proclamation of the gospel except for cases of disability, retirement, or other valid circumstances as determined by the general secretary.