Local License Process

  1. Procedures for Issuing a Local Minister’s License — This document will guide the candidate, local church pastor, and board through the application process.
  2. Application for Local Minister’s License — This document is to be completed by the candidate and submitted to the local church pastor.
  3. Interview with the local church board
    Interview Guidelines — This document provides the local church board with guidelines for interviewing a candidate for the Local Minister’s License. Discussion may include:
    • Spiritual experience (salvation, entire sanctification)
    • Doctrinal understandings
    • Spiritual formation and disciplines (prayer, Bible reading, etc.)
    • Ministry experience (teaching, leadership, witnessing, etc.)
    • Gifts and graces (spiritual gifts)
  4. Submit A Request for Verification of Credential History form to the General Secretary’s Office for each individual seeking a local or district minister’s license for the first time. Open the form to see full instructions. 
  5. Establish prayer partners
  6. Establish a ministry assignment/serving position in the local church
  7. Enroll in classes required for the course of study 
  8. Send unofficial transcripts to Ministerial Studies Board Secretary for initial evaluation, Pastor Randy Ledsome ([email protected])

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  1. Procedures for Issuing a Local Minister’s License — This document will guide the candidate, local church pastor, and board through the application process.
  2. Have the applicant complete the Application for Local Minister’s License; review and share it with the church board prior to the interview.
  3. Schedule the applicant to interview with the local church board
    Interview Guidelines — This document provides the local church board with guidelines for interviewing a candidate for the Local Minister’s License. Discussion may include:
    • Spiritual experience (salvation, entire sanctification)
    • Doctrinal understandings
    • Spiritual formation and disciplines (prayer, Bible reading, etc.)
    • Ministry experience (teaching, leadership, witnessing, etc.)
    • Gifts and graces (spiritual gifts)
  4. Submit A Request for Verification of Credential History form to the General Secretary’s Office for each individual seeking a local or district minister’s license for the first time. Open the form to see full instructions. 
  5. Click here to order a Local Minister’s License from Global Clergy Development.  
  6. Work with the locally licensed minister to establish prayer partners and provide an assignment for ministry in the local church
  1. Procedures for Renewing a Local Minister’s License — This document will guide the candidate, local church pastor, and board through the process of renewing the Local Minister’s License.
  2. Renewal Application for Local Minister’s License — This document is to be completed by the candidate and submitted to the local church pastor.
  3. Interview Guidelines — This document provides the local church board with guidelines for interviewing a candidate for the renewal of the Local Minister’s License.
  4. NEWLY REVISED A Request for Verification of Credential History form must be completed for each individual seeking the renewal of a local or district minister’s license when A) the church board approving renewal is not of the same local church that granted the individual his or her first local or district minister’s license, or B) the church board approving the renewal failed to submit the form when it granted the individual his or her first local or district minister’s license. Open the form to see full instructions and to learn more about this process. 

Click here to order a Local Minister’s License from Global Clergy Development. Please note: these licenses are available only to members of the Church of the Nazarene.

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