Credentialing in the Evangelical Free Church of Canada is a partnership between the EFCC and an EFCC local church, ServeCanada and ServeBeyond or an EFCC approved ministry in which the God-given gifts that a believer is exercising are affirmed. These gifts may be exercised in any number of ministry roles: senior pastor, local church staff or lay worker, para-church worker, missionary, chaplain, etc.
Credentialing enables the local church, the EFCC, ServeCanada and ServeBeyond and other EFCC approved ministries to affirm the Christian character, testimony, calling and spiritual maturity of those who carry out ministry within the Evangelical Free Church of Canada. Credentialing affirms the presence of spiritual qualities as found in the New Testament (Acts 6:1-6; I Timothy 3; Hebrews 13:17; Ephesians 4:11-13; etc). It is also a prerequisite for the EFCC supporting a minister’s legal standing with the local church, district, provincial and national jurisdictions. The credentialing process is overseen by the EFCC’s Ministerial Standing Committee (MSC).
THERE ARE TWO CREDENTIALING DESIGNATIONS IN THE EFCC:
The Ministry Credential is the EFCC’s basic standard affirming the holder’s character, calling, and compatibility with the EFCC’s ethos and belief. This credential is intended to grant affirmation and the basis for legal status to ministry workers serving as EFCC pastors, chaplains, association leaders, ServeCanada and ServeBeyond missionaries, and lay ministry workers in EFCC local churches or in an EFCC approved ministry (institutional chaplaincies, missions and para-church organizations).
Men and women serving in such positions are expected to pursue Ministry Credentials. Ministry Credentials are issued once the requirements for Steps 1 and 2 are completed and is the minimum standard for a Ministry Worker to be in good standing in the EFCC. This Credential is valid as long as the bearer meets the general provisions set forth in the “Yearly Requirements” and remains a member in good standing of an EFCC local church.
The Ordination Credential is the EFCC’s highest standard affirming the holder’s character, calling, Biblical/theological competency, and compatibility with the EFCC’s ethos and belief. If desired by the local church and ministry worker, a male candidate can pursue an EFCC ordination credential, which is intended to grant affirmation and the basis for legal status to ministry workers serving as EFCC pastors, chaplains, association leaders and ServeCanada and ServeBeyond missionaries in EFCC local churches or in EFCC approved ministries.
The Ordination Credential is issued once Steps 1 – 7 are completed. This Credential is valid as long as the bearer meets the general provisions set forth under the “Yearly Requirements” and remains a member in good standing of an EFCC local church.
EFCC Credentialing Process – New EFCC Pastor or Ministry Worker
A pastor or ministry worker is called by the church with the involvement of a District Superintendent. The following steps will be part of the hiring/application process:
1. The Local Church writes a letter requesting that the candidate be accepted into the credentialing process.
2. Candidate writes a Biographical paper (conversion, call to ministry, commitment to the EFCC).
3. Candidate signs the following documents:
- Covenant of Personal & Professional Ethics
- Ten Article Statement of Faith
- Character and Calling document
4. Candidate writes paper interacting with the EFCC Character and Calling document
5. Candidate writes Philosophy of Ministry/Leadership style/Ministry gifting paper
6. Criminal Record check document is obtained
7. Candidate has Interview with the District Credentialing Committee
All documentation must first be sent to the District Superintendent. The DS will then send it on to the MSC.
If ordination is desired, the candidate’s local church requests in writing to MSC that the candidate proceed to Ordination Credential.
The candidate begins writing a paper, interacting on the Statement of Faith.
- They connect at least 4 times
- Address issues needing attention from the first draft of Ordination Paper
- Discuss ministry issues
The paper is to include interaction on the EFCC Statement of Faith & culturally sensitive issues.
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