a. Born of the Spirit, baptized in water, and baptized in the Holy Spirit. b. Comply with scriptural requirements of church leadership (e.g. 1 Timothy 3) c. Be actively engaged in a specific ministry beyond typical church involvement:
i. Associate Minister – ministry of helps or support ministry. ii. Ministry License – Full-time pastoral or senior ministry leadership. iii. Ordination – Office of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher (Ephesians 4:11,12)
1. Transferred from another organization, and/or 2. Show evidence of fruit of your ministry and a need for ordination.
iv. Be currently involved in or immediately entering into a definable ministry of greater responsibility then that which is expected of all members of the body of Christ, and provided a written description of your ministry. v. Be currently involved with, and submitted to a local church. vi. Be examined and approved by CMA overseers.2. Purpose: to provide legal and spiritual recognition and oversight, thus affirming the calling and ministry from God and agreeing with local church appointment and commissioning; to assist ministers in the fulfillment of their call. 3. Benefits:
a. Enables performance of legal ceremonies, weddings and funerals (license and ordination). b. Provides access to jails, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, psychiatric centers, and other institutions with restricted access. c. Furnishes channels for ministry outreach.d. Provides church problem mediation. e. Furnishes pulpit supply or other short term or long term ministry. f. Provides district meetings, conferences and seminars. g. Supplies apostolic leaders and elders to assist you. h. Introduces missionary, pastor and teaching situations. i. Provides an information clearing house for things of interest to ministers. j. Provides training seminars and ministry enhancement opportunities. k. Provides a basis of fellowship with like-minded ministers and ministries. l. Sponsors annual and periodic conferences to gather fellowship members. m. Provides a system of connection and endorsement for CMA Affiliated Church