We encourage our pastors and leaders to become credentialed.
The rationale for and benefits of credentialing are the following:
A. recognition of God’s calling to and gifting for vocational ministry,
B. interdependency between the local church, the district and the national office, to ensure a
commitment to and alignment of beliefs (Statement of Faith) and ethos,
C. accountability to the local church and to the denomination, both doctrinally and morally,
D. development educationally and personally, and
E. confirmed legal status by the IRS (through EFCA).
The EFCA website has complete information available on all aspects of credentialing. (Note: the NCD has two additional requirements for credentialing – please check out the NCD checklist as well.)
Licensing – Ministry License – Expedited (for senior/lead pastors with 10+ years EFCA Ministry
Licensing – Ministry License – Five Year Non-Renewable (for pastors, ministers, and staff who have been involved in an EFCA qualifying ministry for less than 10 years.)