Minister License & Ministry Licensing
A licensed minister is a member of the clergy who is considered to be in “good standing” with the Fellowship or with any ministry association, licensing agency, religious society, or denomination of churches, etc. The term implies that one of these institutions has granted the individual a license to practice ministry.
Ordination is the acknowledgment by a community of believers that a person has been called to ministry; accompanied by their commission to advance the cause of Christ. Interdenominational Fellowship Ministries recognizes the lifelong calling with ordination. In our case, people ordained under the IFM are commissioned by our community of ministers. IFM defines an ordained minister as a believer (male or female) who has been appointed by a group of believers to act as a servant to humanity on behalf of God.
We provide Christian ordination and offer ministry covering to applicants who:
1) Are accepted as a member of our Fellowship
2) Acknowledge the IFM Christian statement of faith.
3) Share our ministry values
4) Demonstrate a sincere call of God to Christian ministry.
Licensing – Important Note!
IFM is not authorized to confer state or municipalities credentials to anyone wishing to perform pastoral functions such as weddings. If your ministry seeks to perform functions such as weddings, funerals, institutional visitations, etc. you will need to register with the State and/or local offices. IFM is happy to provide information if needed.
IFM believes that it is up to the independent churches/ministries to decide what their requirements are for serving among them. It is not the position of the Fellowship to appoint women or men to any particular office such as pastors, deacons, etc. It is our purpose to recognize ministers with ordination (appointed servants) so that they may legally, and independently pursue the opportunity to exercise the call that God has placed on their hearts.
Is there a difference between Licensed and Ordained Ministers?
The only real difference between these two is an expiration date. We view a licensed and an ordained minister as one in the same.