The call of God to a lifetime as a minister in the Church of the Nazarene is one the church takes seriously and designs to seriously support. One who is called to serve as a minister in the church will be led into a process of development that includes identifying, demonstrating and developing gifts and graces for ministry. The local church pastor and the local church board, according to the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene, are instrumental in this process.
The Board of Ministry thus requires each person who testifies to a call to ministry to identify a Local Advisor with whom they will enter into a covenant relationship. The Local Advisor will serve as a prayer partner, mentor, ministry supervisor and person who holds their advisee accountable to the process of ministerial development as prescribed by the Board of Ministry.