Welcome and congratulations on seeking to follow God’s call to ministry. Preparing for ministry is a journey. The Guide to Ministerial Preparation and Ordination (Español or Français) handbook is designed to acquaint you with the journey and provide information and insight that will assist you in preparing well.
This journey takes time along with a good dose of endurance. As you begin, think is terms of a 10K run rather than a sprint. Thankfully, you are not alone on the journey, though you must take responsibility for making informed decisions. Along the way, prayerfully seek the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit and make every effort to connect often with trusted persons willing to partner with you, beginning with your pastor. If you have not already talked with your pastor about your interest in and call to ministry, open that line of communication today! Your pastor will come alongside you as you discern your call, seek responsibilities in ministry, communicate with the district, find educational provider, and begin the process of licensing in ministry. Again, let me urge you to spend some time reading the Guide to Ministerial Preparation and Ordination (Español or Français).
On this page you should be able to find information to help you navigate the processes leading from a call to ministry, through local licensing and educational preparation, and on to ordination as an Elder or Deacon in the Church of the Nazarene.
When a member of a church feels a call to vocational ministry, the process begins with the pastor and local church board interviewing the candidate regarding your call. Talk with your pastor about your call and your desire for a local license.