This booklet contains what is required in order to successfully complete the requirements for licensing as a Church Ministry Worker.
A Church Ministry Worker License may be issued to persons who are appointed by the district superintendent to serve in local church ministries involving the ministry of God's Word and limited leadership responsibilities, but who do not seek to serve as an ordained or consecrated worker, nor exercise the privileges of ordained/consecrated ministry. Persons who hold this license serve the church under the immediate oversight of an ordained official worker.
A Church Ministry Worker License may be issued to persons who have fulfilled the General and Academic Requirements for licensing as found in the Church Ministry Worker Preparation Booklet and who have served satisfactorily for a minimum of one year as Provisional Official Worker. They must fulfill requirements for licensing as a Church Ministry Worker as outlined in the Policy and Procedure Manual for Districts and Churches.
Within the polity of the C&MA, persons who are issued the church ministry worker license are considered to be spiritual leaders having certain rights and privileges including but not limited to the authority to administer the ordinances, conduct worship services, and perform service(s) in the control, conduct, and maintenance of designated entities of the C&MA under the immediate supervision of an ordained official worker. Church ministry workers are entitled to be accredited delegates to General Council and District Conference. Men who are licensed as ministry official workers are not considered to be elders.
Persons who have been licensed as church ministry workers, and who subsequently believe that God is calling them to pursue ordained/consecrated ministry, must submit a request for licensing as a provisional official worker in writing to the district superintendent and the district LO&CC. They may be required to appear before the LO&CC for an additional interview regarding God's call to ordained/consecrated ministry and other matters relevant to licensing as a provisional official worker.