District Licensing

District Licensing Interviews are March 12, 2019 | Tulsa Hills Church | 840 W. 81st Street, Tulsa, OK

All MIT forms are due by March 4, 2019

Interview schedule for March 12 is expected to be posted and emailed by March 7, 2019.

  Ordination interviews in the morning; District Licensing interviews in the afternoon.

When a Minister in Training (MIT) has held local license for at least one year, completed at one fourth of a validated Course of Study for Ministers (including “History and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene” and “Doctrine of Holiness”), and completed the General Secretary Screening for license, the MIT is eligible to apply for District License. The MIT 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 MIT’s responsibility each year to download, complete, and file the Application for District License. While it is the local church pastor’s responsibility to submit the Board Recommendation Form and the Mentor’s Responsibility to submit the Mentor Reports, the wise MIT will make sure that both are done so 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: office@neokdistrict.com or 6705 E 81 st St, Tulsa, OK, 74133.

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

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District License

Please select if you are a first time applicant or seeking a license renewal.

First Time Applicant

Whether you are apply for your first district license or renewing your license. Please use the Instructions to MITs 2019 checklist throughout the process to check off the items as you have them completed and submitted.

1. Local Ministers License

The applicant must have a Local Minister’s License for one year and have completed Level One of the Course of Study prior to receiving a District License. While you do not need to show the actual license, the Local Church Board must have this action on their board meeting minutes.

Manual 532 – 532.9

2. Background Check and Credential History

Any individual seeking a local or District Minister’s License will need a criminal background check and verification of the individual’s credential history with the General Secretary’s office.  See forms below if you have not already completed these to get your local license.  The background check does not need to occur annually, but must be current while you are in the MIT process.

3. Special Issues

If you have been divorced, you need to have divorce removed as a barrier to ordination before you get your first district license. IF you have ever been divorced or have other special issues that require further attention, please notify Jim Thornton, NEO District Secretary or Dr. McKellips, District Superintendent.

Explanation of Divorce

4. License Application and Insights

5. Church Board Evaluation

We also ask that the Church Board make a more thorough evaluation when recommending a MIT for a district license for the first time and when the MIT is applying for ordination. The church board secretary is to complete CHURCH BOARD MEMBER EVALUATION  form in summary of the individual church board evaluations.  Please only send in the ONE summary form to us,  along with the RECOMMENDATION TO THE DISTRICT ASSEMBLY form.



6. Local Church Involvement

For those not serving as lead pastor – go over the Local Church Involvement document with your pastor.  Ask for your Pastor’s counsel on how to best share this with the church board to make clear their responsibilities in the credentialing process.


7. Academic Transcript/Process

For those applying for a District License for the first time, the NEO Education Evaluators have asked Nazarene Bible College to help in evaluating transcripts to see which of the required courses are completed. (See “2. Course of Study Enrollment” on the Local Licensing Page for more information.)

We recognize there are a variety of educational options (OSM/NBC, NNU, SNU, etc.) and it can become confusing as to which classes are necessary for a specific track.  Members of the Board of Ministry will be working with you to ensure the approach that best suits your goals. If you have further questions to be considered regarding your transcript status, you may contact the member of the District Education Evaluators that serve on your Regional Committee of the Board of Ministry:

Geoffrey Gunter – ggunter50@gmail.com  (Tulsa Region)

Dr. Russell Hosey – revhosey@aol.com  (West Region)

Tim Odom – pastortodom@collinsville-nazarene.com  (East Region)

Otoniel Dannemann – otodann@gmail.com (Hispanic Region)

All transcript questions need to be received or resolved before the March 12, 2019 meeting.

8. NEO – MIT Orientation

All first time and transfer MIT’s will meet with Dr. McKellips for a brief orientation on March 12, just prior or just after your interview.

District License Renewal

Whether you are apply for your first district license or renewing your license. Please use the Instructions to MITs 2019 checklist throughout the process to check off the items as you have them completed and submitted.

1. Renewal Applicants Insights

Please download and complete the NEO – Renewal Applicants Insights, 2019. This is different than NEO – 1stTime Applicants Insights.


2. Recommendation by and Agreement with Local Church

For those not serving as lead pastor – annually you will need a recommendation from your local church for a District License and an updated Formal Agreement for your ministry responsibilities.



3. Academic Transcript/Process

All MIT’s seeking renewal are expected to complete at least two classes in a Validated Course of Study each year.  Your Regional Board of Ministry Committee will review your progress during your annual interview.  Please send any documentation of classes completed or any questions to be considered by the District Education Evaluators to the appropriate representative listed below.

Geoffrey Gunter – ggunter50@gmail.com  (Tulsa Region)

Dr. Russell Hosey – revhosey@aol.com  (West Region)

Tim Odom – pastortodom@collinsville-nazarene.com  (East Region)

Otoniel Dannemann – otodann@gmail.com (Hispanic Region)

Any questions regarding course credits need to be received or resolved before the March 12, 2019 meeting.

4. MDB Mentoring Component

It is the responsibility of each MIT to contact their assigned mentor throughout the year for input and review of ministerial progress.  The Mentoring Component is an important part of ministerial preparation. Be sure the mentor completes Mentoring Notes prior to March 4, 2019 and turns it into the District Office.  Refer to the Mentor Assignment sheet to confirm your assigned mentor.