Ordination

The Church of the Nazarene believes God calls men and women into special roles of leadership in ministry. Consistent with our belief, the church has developed many resources to help you determine what God is saying to you, and to prepare you for Christian service. You will find below step-by-step instructions to lead you through the process as well as the forms you will need. You are strongly encouraged to talk with your Pastor and allow him/her to help you discern God’s call on your life whether that is into vocational ministry or serving Him in other capacities.

The next step you should take is to begin the ordination process. There are many steps the church requires to ensure all candidates are called of God, and suited for ministry. Keep this document close as you go through the process.

To qualify for Ordination an applicant should: 

  • Complete all of the 24 modules or equivalent (generally at a Nazarene or Holiness institution of Higher Learning)
  •  Hold a District License for Three consecutive years
  • Hold a valid District License at the point of ordination
  •  The equivalent of three consecutive years of ministry service. (The soonest that part time assignments will be considered is 4 consecutive years)

1. NEO – 1st Time and Ordination Applicants Insights

Please complete the following for so that the Ministerial Development Board can track your growth in grace and your understanding of the church and your call.  Brief, but thorough, answers will provide a basis for your interview

2. Ordination/Recognition Questionnaire

Give careful attention to the information requested as this will be reviewed by the General Superintendent prior to ordination.

3. Mentor and Local Church Board Evaluations

The church board secretary is to complete a form in summary of the individual church board evaluations.  Please only send in ONE summary form along with the Recommendation–Naz form.  Since it is vital to have this completed, please ask your pastor to include this during the January or February board meeting.

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 February 14 and turns it into the District Office.  Refer to the Mentor Assignment sheet to confirm your assigned mentor.


4. In-person ordination interview with Ministerial Development Board

Please note that your spouse is expected to be present at your Ordination Interview.

5. Ordination Service at District Assembly

“Scatter” June 3-5  (Assembly, Conventions, Spiritual Renewal)

Host Church, Tulsa Central.  Rev. Steven Lester, Host Pastor.  7291 E 81st St, Tulsa, OK 74133  (918) 252-5483
General Superintendent in Jurisdiction:  Dr. David Busic

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