Local License Procedures

Candidate for License

Congratulations on seeking to follow God's call to ministry. Talk with your pastor about your call and your desire for a local license. She'll want you to interview with the local church board and share the story of your call with them.

Enroll in the Oklahoma District Course of Study and begin working toward completion of at least six courses (including "Exploring Nazarene History & Polity") or ¼ of a college/university/seminary course of instruction for ministry in order to become a candidate for District License. The modules required as the minimum educational training for ordination can be found here.

If you are divorced and remarried, contact the district office concerning the steps involved in this special circumstance.

If your church does not have a current Criminal Background Screening on file for you, fill out the authorization form. A background check is required of all licensed ministers on the Oklahoma District. The cost of the screening is $15, however the district will pay 1/2 of that fee for District Licensed Ministers. When you submit your authorization online here, please mail a check for $7.50 to the Oklahoma District:

PO Box 887
Bethany, OK 73008

Make sure that you're aware of the deadlines and important dates at the end of the church year. These are typically in January – February of each year.


Pastor

It's very possible that you're at this page because one of the members of your church has expressed a sense of the call of God on his/her life and is seeking to begin the process of ministerial preparation. It's exciting as a pastor, to be starting this journey with one you'll have the privilege or shepherding into rewarding new areas of serving God and the Church. But it also means that you now have some added responsibilities.

For the next few years of her journey, you will be the candidate's primary mentor. She will be assigned an advocate by the Board of Ministry to help guide through the process, but you will remain the primary mentor. That means you must become thoroughly familiar with the process. Talk with her about the Call of God on one's life, pray with her, help her clarify her call. A good resource for you both at this point is "Responding to God's Call" on the Church of the Nazarene website.

Read the Manual paragraphs 400-401.6, 428-432, and make sure your candidate for license becomes familiar with them as well.

Familiarize yourself with both the USA Handbook for Christian Ministries and the USA Sourcebook On Ordination. Your candidate will also need to be familiar with those documents, so walk through them with him.

Download and use the "Procedures for Issuing a Local License", "Interview Guidelines", and the "Application for Local Minister's License" from the denominational site.

Submit your candidate's full name to the district office for the screening through the General Secretary's Office. The rationale for this step is found here.

Help guide your candidate throughout the year in completing the required six courses in the Course of Study.

Make sure that you have a current criminal background screening on the license candidate.

Order the Local License and make the presentation of license a significant event in your church.

Remember that except for the screening through the General Secretary's office, this is all a local church process at this point. None of those documents or applications need to be sent to the district office.

Blessings on what can be one of the most fulfilling parts of a pastor's ministry.

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