The Process from Call to Ordination
Welcome to the Oregon Pacific District Board of Ministry pages. On these pages you should be able to find information to help you navigate the processes leading from a call to ministry, through local and district licensing and educational preparation, and on to ordination as an Elder or Deacon in the Church of the Nazarene.
If you are a pastor or local church member looking for guidance for someone in your church who has signaled that they have been called to ministry, please direct them to this site and please read What a Pastor and Church Board Need to Know about the Ministerial Preparation Process located below.
If you are someone who has sensed a call to ministry and need to know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Please download and read the following documents.
Please contact District Secretary Steve Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further assistance.
Called to Ministry and Local Minister’s License
- What the Pastor and Church Board Need to Know About the Local/District Licensed Minister
- It is important to read Manual 529-529.7 when an individual testifies to a call to ministry.
- It would be helpful to read the “Ministerial Development Process” document.
- Verify that the one called to ministry registers with the District Board of Ministry.
- Have the candidate for a Local Minister’s License read and complete the Application for a Local Minister’s License
- Consider using this document as a guide for a Church Board interview for a Local Minister’s License
- You may prepare a Local Minister’s License certificate to give to the candidate in public service or order one from the USA/Canada Regional Office.
- The Local Minister is required to give a report each year at the Annual Meeting of the church. This may be done in writing.
- The Local Minister’s License may be renewed on an annual basis but it is not required. Renewal is based on completion of at least 2 courses in a validated course of study within the first two years of holding a Local Minister’s License and the continued demonstration of necessary gifts and graces for the ministry under development.
- Once a local minister has held their local license for at least one year and has completed one-quarter of the Course of Study for Ministers, he or she will be eligible to apply for a District Minister’s License. It is important that the local church pastor and board be firmly convinced that the district license candidate is indeed called to ministry and demonstrates gifts and graces for ministry. The District Board of Ministry relies on the local church to faithfully and prayerfully appraise each licensed minister candidate before recommending them for a district license; no candidate should be recommended in hopes that the Board of Ministry will do the hard work of evaluating and turning them down for a license.
- The local church board will want to complete the Recommendation for a District License at its September or October board meeting in order for the candidate to be interviewed for a district license in January.
You may also refer to http://www.usacanadaregion.org/local-license for complete information on new and renewing local licenses.
For any others, open the appropriate form, fill it in, save it to your computer and attach it to an email to email@example.com. You may type your name in the signature line and this will suffice for a signature.
The Role of the Pastor and Local Church in the Ministerial Development Process
The District Board of Ministry wants to emphasize/renew the thought that the local church and local pastor are significant keys to effective ministerial development on the district. Rather than largely a district responsibility, it is mainly a local church responsibility to identify, evaluate, encourage, hold accountable, support, challenge, develop, test and approve those called into ministry in the Church of the Nazarene. The Board of Ministry counts on the churches/pastors taking that responsibility seriously. With that in mind, the Board urges local pastors and church boards to be active in the process for developing ministers and careful in their recommendations.
It is also for this reason that the Board of Ministry has implemented a requirement that every Local Minister and District Minister be in a covenant relationship with a Local Mentor who is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. This is likely to be their lead/senior pastor, but may also be an ordained staff member or retired minister. A licensed minister should seek to enter this covenant relationship with their Mentor and ask her or him to complete an annual Local Mentor’s Report.
The Board deeply appreciates and counts on the involvement of the District’s pastors and churches in this process. Below you will find helpful explanatory documents, covenants and reports.
Each year the District Board of Ministry holds interviews for those seeking a District Minister’s License- for a first-time license and for license renewal- as well as Year of Mentoring and Ordination interviews. In an attempt to aid students, licensed minister candidates, Year of Mentoring candidates, and potential ordinands, the board has put together some help and resources for the interviews.
What to expect from the small group/district licensing interviews…
Interviews are held in the second week in January at four sites across the district, and will be scheduled for 90-minute slots; the further along you are in the ministerial development process, the more likely it is that your interview will fill the entire time slot. If this is your first interview you can expect an introductory kind of interview- an opportunity for the small group to get to know you a bit, ask about how you came to this place in your life, inquire as to how your start at the Course of Study is going, and test your grasp of essential Nazarene polity/belief. As the years proceed you can expect the interview to become progressively more comprehensive until you are ready to interview for the Year of Mentoring in preparation for ordination.
A document linked below provides guidelines (along with preparation helps) for four areas that the Board of Ministry expects anyone to be ordained on the district to “nail” in their year of mentoring interview. You can use this document to prepare for all of your Board of Ministry interviews; the longer you have been in the ministerial development process, the more “ready” you should be. These four areas do not exhaust what may be discussed in your interview. Be assured that the Board members do not look at the interviews as an opportunity to surprise you with “gotcha” questions but as one to guide you, help you and encourage you as you grow through this process. They really are there to help you. This help may come via some tough questions but their “toughness” is designed to evaluate where you are as well as to help move you along in the process.
In order to give you an idea of what the Board of Ministry is looking for in the Year of Mentoring and Ordination interviews, some individuals who “nailed” one of the questions from the resources document in their Year of Mentoring interview were asked to video record their presentation so they could be available to those seeking a license or ordination. Some of them are a little longer than they need to be but they will give an idea of how to prepare yourself for the interview.