District License Procedures

"A licensed minister is one whose ministerial calling and gifts have been formally recognized by the district assembly through the granting of a ministerial license. The district license authorizes and appoints the minister to a larger sphere of service and to greater rights and responsibilities than those pertaining to a local minister, normally as a step toward ordination as an elder or a deacon."(2013-2017 Manual, ΒΆ 530)

When one has held local license for at least one year, completed at least six courses in the Course of Study for Ministers (or one-fourth of an accredited College/Seminary course of study for ministry), and completed the General Secretary Screening for license, he/she is eligible to apply for District License. He/she must also be recommended by the local pastor and church board. All candidates for district license will be expected to be interviewed by the Board of Ministry.

If the candidate has been divorced and remarried, the circumstances of that divorce must be presented to the District Board of Ministry and submitted to the Board of General Superintendents for that to be removed as a barrier to ordination. This must be done before the first district license can be granted. Contact the district office for more information and the necessary forms.

More detailed information can be found in the USA Handbook for Christian Ministries and the USA Sourcebook On Ordination.

It will be the candidate's responsibility each year to download, complete, and file the Application for District License. While it is the pastor's responsibility to submit the Recommendation Form, the wise candidate will make sure that is done by the deadline for filing.

It will also be the candidate's responsibility to be aware of the important dates and deadlines each year.

All applications and forms are to be submitted to the District Office:

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PO Box 887
Bethany, OK 73008

Renewal of District License will require that a minimum of two courses in the Course of Study be completed each year.

2017-2018 Schedule of Important Dates

September 22, 2017: Due date for request for Removal of Divorce Barrier
October 9, 2017: Interviews with Credentials Board for Removal of Divorce Barrier
January 2, 2018: Due Date for Church Board & Pastor Recommendation for District License
January 5, 2018: Due date for Application for License/Renewal of License or Questionnaire for Ordination
February 1-2. 2018: Interviews with District Board of Ministry
April 22-23, 2018: District Assembly

Application for District License

Download the District License application

Recommendation Form (for pastor & church board)

Download the Recommendation Form 

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