Ordination is the confirmation by the church that the a minister/candidate demonstrates the gifts and graces that validate his or her call and is qualified to represent the Church of the Nazarene as an ordained member of the clergy. Please read the requirements for ordained Elders in the Church Manual section 532 here.
Course of Study
The course of study is the educational plan to prepare men and women for ministry in the Church of the Nazarene. Please read and consider the article on Course of Study at the USA/Canada Region's website.
Completion of the course of study does not automatically lead to ordination. Upon completing the validated course of study, all students will be interviewed by the District Board of Ministry, and some will be recommended for ordination within the Church of the Nazarene. The Board's in terview reviews and verifies that the candidate has met all the requirements for ordination. (**See tab "Candidate Interviews" - Boar do Ministry interviews will be conducted on April 7-8, 2017) No candidate will be passed for ordination who has not completed all Manual requirements. Only active assigned ministers will be-considered for ordination. Recommended individuals will express a call to full-time ministry, exhibit the gifts and graces for ministry, demonstrate the requisite abilities for ministry, and exhibit a mature, Christlike spirit.
Application for Ordination - Applications are due to the District Secretary by no later than April 1, 2017
For those seeking ordination and those seeking recognition of ordination from another denomination, please download and complete the Ordination-Recognition Questionnaire/Application - find the Word (.doc) version here ; find the PDF form here - and submit this to the District Secretary.
Ordination is a privilege and not a right. The District Board of Ministry is not obligated to recommend for ordination a candidate, even though the candidate has completed the approved education program and met all other requirements. Election to ordination is the prerogative of the district assembly. Further information about ordination and the ministerial preparation process can be found in the Handbook for Christian Ministries, and the Sourcebook for Ministerial Development (See the Resources page for these items.)