Important: Click the header above to download and carefully follow the instructions on the Process of Application for Membership

  • All ECA applicants must possess a written and spoken proficiency in the English language in order to interact with headquarters and the greater ECA membership.  This would apply to handling items such as, but not limited to, the application for membership, e-mails, the ordination or licensure oral examination, phone calls, the annual ministerial reports (if membership is granted) and general correspondence among members.
  • All applicants must prove a valid need for ministerial credentials. 

Click the above header to download the Application for Membership using Adobe Reader.  To utilize this report, you must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer.  If you are currently using a Mac computer you will need to either fill out a hard copy of this form and mail or fax it to our office, or you can go to a PC and use the interactive version we have available on our website.  Mac is not compatible with the Adobe Reader.  We apologize for the inconvenience.   If you have any questions, please contact our office at (815) 937-0720. You may download Adobe Reader here.  Print the Application and then fill it out completely in its original format, without edits or deletions, and mail it to the ECA with the documents listed below. 

An electronic version may be submitted below, however, no action will be taken on your application until we receive the following:

  • $100.00 Application Fee (All foreign applicants must submit fee in a U.S. Money Order.)
  • Testimony of Conversion* An explanation of how you received Christ as your Lord and Savior, (NOT TO EXCEED ONE PAGE IN LENGTH)
  • Details of your ministry calling* An explanation of how you felt called to ministry, (NOT TO EXCEED ONE PAGE IN LENGTH)
  • Resume of Ministry career, training and activities, and Biblical education.  (This document must include tenure, responsibilities, supervisors and names of churches and organizations.  A sample resume is available from the link at the bottom of this page.)
  • Statement of Doctrine* (Please limit your statement to two pages.)  This statement should include your position on the following areas:  The Trinity, Salvation, Baptism and the inspiration and inerrancy of the Word of God.
  • Official Educational Transcripts of Biblical Studies (These must be sent to us directly from the institution.)
  • Passport Quality Photo
  • Copy of Ordination Certificate (If you have been previously ordained)

*These Support documents must be on separate pages and no longer than one page each.

This form may be printed, completed and mailed with the required support documents.

This form may be completed electronically and submitted by email, however the application will not be processed until we receive all of the required support documents.

Reference Forms

Application for Membership requires four references, including two persons who are "Ministerial References " (currently Ordained or Licensed), and two personal references.  To qualify as a reference, you must have known the applicant for at least one year.  Family members (and fiancés/fiancées) and subordinates(employee/volunteer) are not acceptable as references.

Reference forms are located online at our website. Please send the following link to your references:

Please note: Applicants are not to submit the completed Evangelical Church Alliance Reference Form. It must be forwarded from the reference’s email address shown on the page 3 of the application form.  All responses will remain confidential.

If you require assistance regarding the distribution or completion of these forms, you may call our office at: 1-888-855-6060.

The above link will allow you to fill out the form directly on our website. Once the form is completed, you may click on the "Submit" button and the reference will be sent directly to our application processor.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at (815) 937-0720. 

Click the "Resume Sample" above to download a sample resume in PDF (Adobe Reader) format. While most resumes reflect a person’s history, from the perspective of searching for a job, an appropriate resume needed by the ECA for consideration of ministry credentials would include a detailed history of a person's biblical and ministerial education, training and experience. As shown on the sample, please provide the organization's name and address, your supervisor's name(s), tenure, and job details for each ministry position that you held.

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