Ordination and Licensing
There are two Ministerial Credentials issued by the ECA:
The Ordained Minister has the authority to perform all rites of the church, including the wedding ceremony. The Licensed Minister has the authority to perform all rites of the church, except for the wedding ceremony.
Each candidate for ordination and licensing must meet the following requirements which have been established in ECA's by-laws and are conducted according to procedures established by our Standards and Credentials Committee:
- Subscribe to the ECA Tenets of Faith
- Have a ministry that warrants credentials based on Ephesians 4:12
- Demonstrate completion of Biblical studies by an approved educational institution (Minimal education requirements outlined on the Bible Extension Institute page.)
- Have two years practical ministry experience for licensing
- Have four years practical ministry experience for ordination
- Agree to abide by ECA Ministerial Ethics
- Provide two ministerial and two personal references (using a form provided by the ECA)
- Once your application file is completed and approved, the next step toward ordination will be your face-to-face examination interview with an ECA ordination council. This council will be chaired and constituted by a qualified ECA member selected by the ECA. The location and time of the interview (and ordination ceremony if the interview successful) will be determined by the ECA.
Upon acceptance into the ECA, each person must submit Annual Membership Dues and an Annual Ministerial Report within the time limits established by the policies of the ECA. Members are also required to inform the ECA of change of address, phone number and email address within forty-five days of occurrence.