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Ministerial credentials

 

Ministerial Credential Qualifications.
Our ministerial credentials enable you to be recognized as a God called pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor, minister of music, worship minister, evangelist, missionary, counselor, chaplain, military chaplain, or teacher.  All applications are carefully considered, and applicants receive a copy of the Grace Bible Reformed University BY-LAWS for review prior to their telephone interview with one of the Credential Committee. See Publication 517 of the IRS Code to learn about how ministers file for tax purposes. 

All ministerial applicants must be current or former students of Grace Bible Reformed University. All ministerial applicants must study and pass theological course requirements in their fields with Grace Bible Reformed University before they can receive ministerial credentials. 

BEGINNING MINISTERIAL STATUS 

CHRISTIAN WORKER 

Granted to a person who feels called of God to work for Him in some area of ministry, such as Sunday school teacher, musician, street or jail service worker, or house to house visitation, etc. May stay at this level and not upgrade.  
Five requirements for the Christian Worker:  

    1. Have a call of God for service
    2. At least 18 years of age
    3. Living a consistent Christian life
    4. Actively involved in a local church
    5. Pays a $50 application fee & a $50 bi-yearly renewal fee. Monthly offerings are optional, but appreciated to cover administration cost.  

MINISTERIAL APPRENTICE 

Granted to one who feels called of God to work toward upgrading to a Licensed or Ordained Minister. This credential places the individual under a local pastor’s authority for a period of not less than twelve (12) months, but no more than twenty-four (24) months to learn about ministry and accountability.    
Five requirements for the Ministerial Apprentice: 

    1. Have a call of God for service
    2. Be at least 20 years of age
    3. Living a consistent Christian life
    4. Experienced baptism in the Holy Spirit. He or she, must be led by the Holy Spirit to do God’s work (Mt 4:1; 28:16-20, Acts 2:4; Rom. 8: 9, 13, 14).
    5. Pays a $75.00 application fee & a $50.00 bi-yearly renewal fee. Monthly offerings are optional, but appreciated to cover administration cost.  

PROFESSIONAL MINISTERIAL STATUS 

LICENSED MINISTER 

Granted to a person who is considered a part-time or full-time minister. Completed 15 theological courses with GBRU or other theological schools.  Having a license authorizes one to preach, perform holy matrimony, baptize, exhort, confirm, and practice any biblical and religious activity pertaining to the office of Minister of the Gospel in accordance with respective ordinances of residence. 
Four requirements for License:   

    1. Must be at least 21 years of age
    2.  Living a consistent Christian life
    3. Experienced baptism in the Holy Spirit. He or she, must be led by the Holy Spirit to do God’s work (Mt 4:1; 28:16-20, Acts 2:4; Rom. 8: 9, 13, 14).
    4. Financial obligation to the fellowship. 
      NOTE: Specialty License available to those who qualify … Granted to one called to serve as in a specific field of ministry such as: Worship Leader, Christian Counselor, or other specialty field of ministry. The holder does not possess the same authority as the Licensed or Ordained listed above. Must meet requirements 1, 2 and 3 above 

ORDAINED MINISTER 

Granted to a person who is considered a part-time or full-time minister.  Completed 22 theological courses with GBRU or other theological schools. He or she is certified and authorized to preach, perform holy matrimony, baptize, exhort, confirm, and practice any biblical and religious activity pertaining to the office of Ordained Minister in accordance with respective ordinances of residence. NOTE: All CHAPLAINS must apply at the ordained Level. 
Four requirements for Ordination: 

    1. Must be at least 21 years of age
    2. Living a consistent Christian life
    3. Experienced baptism in the Holy Spirit. He or she, must be led by the Holy Spirit to do God’s work (Mt 4:1; 28:16-20, Acts 2:4; Rom. 8: 9, 13, 14).
    4. Financial obligation to the fellowship.
      If granted Licensed or Ordained ministerial credentials, you may be required to complete a Bible Knowledge Questionnaire comparable for that level.  If your score is below a certain percentage, you may be required to take courses in your weak areas. (There is a $35 fee per course to help cover books, shipping, & handling. You will receive a “Certificate of Completion” for each course taken. You can receive credits for these courses if you wish to continue your educational through our educational branches. 
      NOTE: All Chaplains must apply at Ordained Level. 
      HOWEVER, if applicant has adequate experience and ministerial background upon review of the Board of Examiners, an applicant may be approved at the Licensed or Ordained level without taking the Questionnaire. 

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Box 2932 

Florence Az85132 

USA.

 

 

 

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