A Certified Christian Worker is a credential which is issued to lay persons who are called by God as helpers. Certified Christian Workers are not authorized to perform any sacerdotal services.
A Lay Pastor’s credential is provided to one who is called to Christian service and labors along side a senior clergy person, makes hospital calls, prays for the sick, provides pastoral care and counseling, but does not preach, teach or administer the sacraments (ordinances) except under direct supervision of a clergy person. IMF members who are credentialed as a Lay Pastor have successfully completed the IMF approved Lay Pastors Ministries Course.
Normally, a person will serve as a Lay Pastor under an experienced Senior Pastor for as long as the position is continued within the participating congregation. The credentials may be maintained through a relocation to a new congregation as long as the new Senior Pastor endorses the lay ministry program.