An Ordained Minister's credential is provided to those persons who have, "an established and proven ministry." Such persons are not only authorized to perform sacerdotal services, but are also required to be performing sacerdotal services on a regular or ongoing basis.
A Licensed Minister's credential is a credential which is provided to persons who have some biblical and theological training ministry experience but need further knowledge or experience in order to be fully established. Such persons are authorized to perform all sacerdotal services.
Normally, a person will serve at least two years with a Licensed Minister's credential before being considered for the next credential in the ministry track offered by IMF. The next credential in the ministry track is the Ordained Minister's credential.
The Commissioned Minister endorsement is for those who have some biblical and theological education or training, who serve a church or in evangelism, outreach ministries or community service organizations under recognized ministry leadership or mentoring. They are authorized to perform all sacerdotal services.
Those who have a clear call to Christian ministry in the local church or a recognized para-church organization who do not have a call to pulpit ministry, but serve in directly-related support ministry with biblical and theological education demonstrating spiritual gifts and ministry skills under recognized ministry leadership. They are authorized to perform all sacerdotal services under the authority and leadership of their Senior Pastor of the local church.
Those who have been appointed to serve as ministers of Missional Communities in association with International Ministerial Fellowship. They are authorized to bless and serve Holy Communion as well as perform all sacerdotal services. Their authority is limited to ministry functions performed for the designated Missional Community and their families that are members of the Community.
A Licensed to Preach credential is provided to persons who have little or no ministry experience, who are to be supervised under the tutelage of a mentoring Pastor. Such persons are authorized to preach and to assist a Senior Pastor or other staff pastors in any way that they can, in order to begin to get some exposure to Christian ministry. However, they are not authorized to perform any sacerdotal services.
Normally, a person will serve at least one year with a Commission to Preach credential before being considered for the next credential in the ministry track offered by IMF. The next credential in the ministry track is the Licensed Minister's credential.