Local Ecuministry Ordinations – Ordained ministers are community leaders! Most leaders in a community have been credentialed to demonstrate to their communities that they are prepared and have standing to lead with competence.
Take doctors for an example. The American Medical Association (AMA) has a process in place that “ordains” someone to be recognized as a medical doctor. The process has a study element at a medical school. The process has a local element called an internship. The process has an official credentialing element. A local doctor is a good standing member of the AMA. That certificate is on the wall of the doctor’s office and at the website of the AMA.
The Christian Leaders Alliance has an ordaining process in place for recognizing local Christian leaders. What are characteristics of the credentialing process at Christian Leaders Alliance?
- Local Ministry Cultivated
The local church is raising up the next generation of Christian leaders. Revival seeking ministers are looking for those who will join the team to proclaim Christ. Many times this means recruiting believers in their churches to use their gifts for ministry. Some of these believers may sense the call into ministry. These upcoming leaders need mentoring and coaching in how to serve in their local churches and communities.
The Christian Leaders Alliance desires to help those seeking ordination and the church leaders who desire to support this process. The ordination program is locally focused to help pastors to mobilize local leaders to help in their local communities.
This program is designed for a new generation of ministers. The Christian Leaders Alliance encourages pastors to promote this program to their local leaders.
2. Local Ecuministry Ordinations Touch Points
The Christian Leaders Alliance is “ecuministry” focused. We coined a new word. The word ecumenical has the following definition: “The adjective ecumenical refers to something universal, or something that has a wide, general application. In the world of Christianity, it refers to a universal ordination that has wide application.” Vocabulary.com
The word ministry is a verb, noun, and adjective in English. These words center around “the work the religious leader does in serving a congregation or local community”.
The Christian Leaders Alliance combines these two words to form the word “ecuministry.” We define this word in the following way: “Ecuministry refers to the universal church connection points for Christian service in a wide range of ministry settings.These setting may include denominational, non-denominational, independent, charismatic, house churches, ancient Chrisitan faiths such as Catholic or Orthodox.”
Another word closely related is coined as “ecuminister”. We define this term as referring to “a Christian leader who is ordained to do ministry in a wide range of settings in Christendom”.
While the Chrisitan Leaders Alliance comes from a Biblical perspective, we are careful to center on ministry training that does not focus on the differences between the strands of Christianity. Instead, the curriculum is to be beneficial for ministry leaders through out Christendom.
3. Local Ecuministry Ordinations
Christian Leaders Alliance promotes an Ecuminister grassroots ordination approach that is locally confirmed, internationally recognized and continually supported.
One feature of the early church was that it was grass roots in methodology. People became believers and some were called to leadership. The existing elders and pastors appointed these leaders as deacon ministers. These ministers impacted their local community and were ordained as deacons. From this group of deacons, new generations of elder leaders were cultivated.
Today, people are becoming believers all over the world. Some of these believers sense the call to ministry. Chrisitan Leaders Institute is there to given scholarship-supported free high-quality ministry training. Christan Leaders Institute asks these potentially called leaders to find local mentors who are connected to their local church or ministry.
After students finish their first two classes, they have an opportunity to pursue this Local Ecuministry Ordination. Students can enroll in a credit hour class that goes over what a minister ordination means.
They are taught ministry. They must receive three recommendations from endorsers.
- One recommendation from their spouse (if married) or another family member,
- One from their local pastor/mentor
- One from a person in their community.
After all the requirements of the class are completed, they can be ordained locally at their local church or ministry as a local deacon. (In the ancient traditions, they may be catechumens. For Instance, the revivalist Catholic Church Light-Life Movement leaders may find a role for these ordained leaders. In their ancient churches, they are considered Catechumens, in the Christian Leaders Alliance, they would be considered deacon minister).
When the minister ordination foundation is completed, students study more courses of study at Christian Leaders Institute. After those courses are complete that connect to their calling, these students are commissioned to an ordained ministry role. Their ordination is established at Christian Leaders Alliance in their deacon ordination and their role as a specialized minister.
Then the ordained Deacon ministers in the Christian Leaders Alliance take more courses at Christian Leaders Institute for a ministry specialization. After those programs are complete, these students are commissioned to an ordained ministry role, such as Officiant or Women’s Minister. Their ordination is established at Christian Leaders Alliance in their deacon ordination and their role as a specialized minister.
This is the ordination foundation for more programs of study at Christian Leaders Institute. After those programs are complete, these students are commissioned to an ordained ministry role. Their ordination is established at Christian Leaders Alliance in their deacon ordination and their role as a specialized minister.
Review of the Christian Leaders Alliance Steps for Ordination as a Minister
- Enrollment for Ministry Training at Christian Leaders Institute
- Take the Getting Started Class (4 Credits) and the Christian Basics (3 Credits)
- Take the Deacon Minister Course (1 Credit)
- Take More ministry training depending on the ministry role you are preparing for.
- Commissioning to a specialized Ordained Ministry
4. Offical Internationally Recognized Ordinations
While this minister leader is ordained locally, the Christian Leaders Alliance is part of Christian Leaders, NFP which is sanctioned to train leaders via Christian Leaders Institute. This Christian Leaders Alliance and Christian Leaders Institute partner together to keep accurate records of ministry training and ordination requirements. The Chrisitan Leaders Alliance has created an international directory of those ordained and/or commissioned into a Minister role.
Christian Leaders Alliance also will send official documents that give local evidence of ordination. Ordained leaders may purchase these document should they need them.
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Learn more about Local Ecuministry Ordinations by reading stories of those being ordained.