Denominational organizations are a natural network serving the church and ministry placement. On Multnomah campus, approximately twenty-five denominations are represented through students and faculty. Each has played a particular role in church history and will continue to play a part into the 21st century.

Under each denomination, you will find:

  • Contact information
  • Link to the denominational website
  • Requirements for ministry certification





American Baptist


American Baptist Churches in the USA
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
Phone: 610.768.2000 or 800.ABC.3USA
Website: or direct to the National ABC USA Staff openings, Ministry Opportunities Listing, Women in Ministry website


0245 S.W. Bancroft, Suite G
Portland, OR 97239
Phone: 503.228.8394

Requirements for Ministry:
Ordination in the ABC is handled at the local and regional level. Local congregations ordain clergy and regional offices recognize or give wider standing to those who request consideration of such recognition. Thus, you must obtain the endorsement of the local church in which you are a member as well as the region in which the church is located. These processes usually happen simultaneously, so it is important to contact the ABC regional office to determine what their regional standards for ordination are before you start the ordination process in your local church. Regional offices also handle the recognition of an ordination previously obtained in another denomination.

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Assemblies of God

Headquarters: General Secretary's Office
1445 North Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802-1894
Phone: 417.862.2781, ext. 3030
Fax: 417.862.0133
Website: or direct to the A/G Employment page

P.O. Box 9178
9255 Portland Road N.E.
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: 503.393.4411
Fax: 503.393.4430

Requirements for Ministry:
Assemblies of God ministerial credentials are issued by the District Councils. Although similarities exist, requirements can vary from district to district. Anyone seeking to minister in this denomination should contact the local District Council office for information on how to gain credentials with that district.

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Baptist General Conference

Headquarters: 2002 S. Arlington Heights
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: 800.323.4215, ext. 3235
Website: or direct to Opportunities for Service page
District: Columbia Baptist Conference
925 North 130th St.
Seattle, WA 98133-7502
Phone: 206.365.9890

Requirements for Ministry:
The local church is autonomous in the Baptist General Conference and has the freedom to hire any pastor they choose. Most churches adhere to certain standards, including agreement with the statement of faith, consistency in personal life, and some theological training.

There are thirteen district conferences in the United States, and most local churches stay in contact with their district executive minister to aid in the placement process.

The first step for potential candidates would be to contact their particular district office for guidance.

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The Christian & Missionary Alliance


 Director for Candidate Development
The Christian & Missionary Alliance
P.O. Box 35000
Colorado Springs, CO 80935-3500
Phone: 719.599.5999
Website: or direct to the Opportunities to Serve page or Called2Serve, their dedicated site for information on ministry


Pacific Northwest District
Mailing: P.O. Box 3020
Location: 29757 S.W. Boones Ferry Rd.
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Phone: 503.685.9160
Fax: 503.685.9170

Requirements for Ministry:
Those looking to minister with the C&MA may contact the regional representative or national director online through their website. From there, the candidate is coached through the process of application for ministry. Some general guidelines in preparing for service are as follows:

For National Church Ministries, a candidate needs the required education through completing a ministry prep degree from an Alliance college or seminary, or by completing an alternative education program provided through National Church Ministries (NCM). You also may earn a degree through a non-Alliance college or seminary that is approved by NCM.

For International Ministries, you generally need a bachelor's degree, plus at least one year of seminary training in missions and cross-cultural studies from an Alliance college or seminary, or an approved non-Alliance college or seminary. Candidates also are expected to have at least two years of successful ministry experience in their own country before being deployed as a missionary.

Missionary Associates need the required education in their field of expertise. Teachers must have a master's degree, state or provincial certification, and at least two years of experience. Doctors and nurses must have a medical degree and board certification. Professionals must have the necessary training and experience in their field of expertise.

More detailed information on how to prepare for service can be found through

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Church of God


Mailing: P.O. Box 2430
Location: 2490 Keith St.
Cleveland, TN  37320-2430
Phone: 423. 472.3361
Fax: 423.478.7066
Website: or direct to Ministry Opportunities page


 Administrative Bishop
Mailing: P.O. Box 8351
Location: 8711 Tieton Drive
Yakima, WA 98909
Phone: 509.965.0075

Requirements for Ministry:
The Church of God at the international level is under the supervision of the general overseer (presiding bishop), three assistants (executive bishops), the secretary general, and eighteen councilors constituting the International Executive Council.

The International Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the church. These leaders are elected at the General Assembly, a biennial gathering of ministers and laity meeting for business, worship, and fellowship. The state overseer provides leadership at the state or regional level and, in consultation and prayer with the local church, appoints local pastors.

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Conservative Baptist

Headquarters: Executive Director
3686 Stagecoach Rd., Unit F
Longmont, CO 80504-5660
Phone: 888.366.3010
Fax: 303.484.5357
Website: For placement information choose Resources, then Pastoral Placement, then the region. They also have a dedicated CB Chaplains page.
Regional: General Director
CB Northwest
Mailing: P.O. Box 30029
Portland, OR 97294-3029
Location: 17720 N.E. Halsey
Portland, OR 97230-6734
Phone: 503.669.1515
Fax: 503.669.7478
Website: or direct to placement information page

Requirements for Ministry:
The procedures for ministry leadership vary from church to church and region to region. Based on this fact, Conservative Baptist provides the following general procedures (contact the Northwest office for more specifics):

  • Be born again and a committed Christ-follower
  • Be baptistic in polity
  • Have theological training-the educational requirements vary according to specific church and/or region
  • Complete the extensive Pastoral Placement Form used by the national and regional offices covering subjects such as personal and family information, position desired, education, credentials, ministry experience, philosophy of ministry, legal and criminal record, and references
  • Sign the CBAmerica and regional doctrinal statements.

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Cooperative Baptist Fellowship



CBF Resource Center
Mailing: P.O. Box 450329
Atlanta, GA 31145-0329
Location: 3001 Mercer University Drive
Theology Building, 2nd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30341
Phone: 800.352.8741 or 770.220.1600
Website: or direct to the placement information page


Requirements for Ministry:
In order for you to be a part of CBF’s reference and referral service, please see the website. While it is not necessary that you be a member of CBF in order for us to accept your résumé, please remember that the churches who contact the Fellowship for assistance are most interested in those candidates who are involved with CBF.

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National Church:

Episcopal Church of the USA
The Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Website: or direct to their job postings


Vocations Director
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Oregon
11800 S.W. Military Ln.
Portland, OR 97219
Phone: 503.636.5613 or 800.452.2562
Fax: 503.636.5616
Website: or direct to Employment Opportunities in Western Oregon

The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon
Rt. Rev'd. William O. Gregg, Bishop
Mailing: P.O. Box 1548
Location: 601 Union St.
The Dalles, OR 97058
Phone: 541.298.4477
Fax: 541.296.0939

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia (Western Washington)
Mailing: P.O. Box 12126
Location: 1551 10th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
Phone: 206.325.4200 or 800.488.4978
Fax: 206.325.4631

The Episcopal Diocese of Spokane (Eastern Washington)
245 E. 13th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99202
Phone: 509.624.3191 or 800 359.2587
Fax: 509.747.0049

Requirements for Ministry:
The ordination process in the Episcopal Church is designed to test the validity of the call, provide academic and spiritual preparation, and allow sufficient time to demonstrate the candidate's commitment. Ordination entails many requirements. The usual length of time from initial visit with the pastor (the member of the clergy in charge of the congregation of which the person is a communican) to ordination will be about five years, providing significant opportunity for personal growth and new awareness of one's vocation within the body of Christ. There are, however, no guarantees that ordination (or employment in the church) is certain. By its very nature, the ordination process requires all to be open to God's leading into new and unexpected opportunities.

Reference sources include Title III of the Canons of the Episcopal Church and the Ordination Manual published by the Commission on Ministry (COM) of the Diocese of Oregon. Two publications also useful to those concerned with the ordination process (aspirant, pastor, and vestry or BAC) are Pastoral Theology: Essentials of Ministry, by Thomas C. Oden (Harper & Row) and The Deacon in the Episcopal Church, by L. Lowery Jr.

Those Involved in the Pre-ordination Process
The COM serves as counsel to the bishop and works with the Standing Committee of the Diocese, which has certain canonical responsibilities regarding ordination. Others involved in the process include the pastor, the vestry or BAC and the parish or mission congregation of which the candidate is a member.

The Ordination Manual describes in detail, the steps and guidelines for those who seek ordination in Holy Orders. The following list is a summary of the basic steps in the process. (A person is called an Aspirant until qualified as a Postulant).

The steps to POSTULANCY:

  1. Aspirant consults with own pastor
  2. Pastor assigns reading and supervised lay ministry
  3. Aspirant completes biography, social history and application forms
  4. Pastor writes letter to bishop recommending a specific ordination track, i.e. the Diaconate or Priesthood
  5. Aspirant obtains vestry endorsement, physical and psychological exams, six letters of recommendation, State Criminal Offender Background check ordered
  6. Aspirant is interviewed by bishop
  7. Aspirant attends a vocations conference
  8. COM evaluates aspirant's file, interviews and advises the bishop
  9. Bishop enrolls the aspirant as a postulant
  10. Postulant obtains theological education (Seminary if in preparation for Priesthood; Diocesan school if in preparation for the Diaconate.)

(Application for Candidacy requires six months as a postulant, and enrollment in a theological institution.)

The steps to CANDIDACY:

  1. Postulant applies for candidacy
  2. Seminary sends evaluation of academic performance
  3. Vestry interviews postulant and endorses application
  4. Postulant interviewed by COM and bishop
  5. Standing Committee endorses application
  6. Bishop enrolls postulant as a candidate
  7. Completes school, and takes General Ordination Examination or Diocesan equivalent.

(Must be a candidate for a minimum of 18 months before ordination...for urgent cause, the Standing Committee may reduce this period to six months. Candidacy expires after 3 years.)

The steps to ORDINATION:

  1. Candidate applies for ordination
  2. Candidate obtains evaluations from Seminary of academic performance, for field work, Clinical Pastoral Education, and a report of the Ordination Examination
  3. Vestry interviews candidate and endorses application
  4. Candidate interviewed by the COM and the bishop
  5. Standing Committee signs testimonial
  6. Bishop schedules ordination

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The Evangelical Church


General Superintendent
9421 W. River Rd.
Minneapolis, MN 55444
Phone: 763.424.2589

Regional: Pacific Conference Office
18121 S.E. River Rd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Phone: 503.659.5622

Requirements for Ministry:
The document, "Pacific Conference Board of Ministry Order of Procedure for Completion of Requirements for Licensing and Ordination," is available from the denomination.

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Evangelical Covenant Church



Executive Minister of the Ordered Ministry
Mailing: 5101 N. Francisco Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Location: 3311 W. Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: 773.583.3211
Website: or direct to the churches seeking staff page


c/o North Pacific Conference of the ECC
9311 SE 36th St. #120
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206.275.3903
Fax: 206.275.3596

Requirements for Ministry:
The Evangelical Covenant Church grants or revokes credentials to ministers and establishes programs to encourage ministers in discipleship and in their calling. The Covenant establishes rules for the ordered ministry and administers them through the Board of the Ordered Ministry and the Covenant Ministerium.

Ordination (Transfer of Ordination)
Ordination is an act of the church by which a servant of God is formally set apart for ministry. The process begins with the completion of a master's of divinity degree.

Commissioned staff minister is an inclusive term referring to those persons in the church who may be designated as specialists in adult ministries, camping, children's ministries, Christian education (all age levels), discipleship ministries, music ministries, and youth ministries. Commissioning requires some theological education. Those with a bachelor's degree may apply for commissioning.

The Evangelical Covenant Church confers ministerial licenses upon persons who are called to serve in various pastoral ministries in Covenant churches, institutions, and other approved places of ministry.

Transfer of Ordination
Ordination in the Evangelical Covenant Church is an act of the church by which a servant of God is formally set apart for ministry. The church ordains only after determining through careful examination that the candidate has been called of God, is genuinely committed to the apostolic message, and lives in conformity to it. In ordination, the church gratefully accepts the ordained as one called by God and given to the church to minister in the Spirit of Christ. The church sets apart the ordained to be the servant of the Word in the office of holy ministry.

The Transfer of Ordination Process
The Evangelical Covenant Church offers a process for those who are ordained to transfer their ordination standing to the Evangelical Covenant Church. This three-year process requires Covenant orientation and provides provisional standing. Before provisional standing can be conferred at the annual meeting, candidates must complete an application for transfer, and fulfill the requirements listed below. Following the completion of these initial steps, the Board of the Ordered Ministry will recommend the candidate to the Covenant Ministerium and Covenant Annual Meeting which will vote to confer provisional standing.

Once provisional standing is conferred, candidates no longer need to annually renew their ministerial license. Candidates are required to finish their Covenant orientation during the three-year period of provisional standing. At the end of three years, candidates submit a transfer of ordination paper. This paper will form the basis of the final interview with the conference and the Board of the Ordered Ministry before the finalization of transfer. With the recommendation of the Conference, the Board of the Ordered Ministry and the Covenant Ministerium, the Covenant Annual Meeting will vote to finalize the transfer of ordination to the Evangelical Covenant Church.

To Begin Provisional Status

Submit all of the following to the Department of the Ordered Ministry:

  • Transfer of ordination application (includes local church and conference endorsements)
  • Statement of faith paper
  • Baptismal form
  • Background check
  • Minister's profile form
  • Educational transcripts
  • Copy of ordination certificate
  • Character recommendation from your ordaining denomination

In addition, you need to:

  • Be a member of a Covenant church
  • Have received a call to a Covenant church or other approved ministry
  • Enroll in a Covenant orientation program
  • Enroll in the Covenant pension plan

Interview with Conferee

  • Receive a favorable recommendation from conference committee on ministerial standing

Interview with the Board of the Ordered Ministry

To interview at the midwinter conference all paperwork must be received before November 1.

To interview at the Covenant Annual Meeting of the Board of the Ordered Ministry, all paperwork must be received before March 1.

  • Receive a favorable recommendation from the Board of the Ordered Ministry

Upon completion of all of the above, the Board of the Ordered Ministry may recommend the candidate to the Covenant Ministerium. If approved by the Covenant Ministerium, the recommendation will go to the Covenant Annual Meeting. The Covenant Annual Meeting will then vote to confer provisional status.

To Complete Transfer:

  • Complete a Covenant Orientation Program (CEOP Coursework must be finished at midwinter)
  • Submit transfer of ordination paper (check with conference for date paper due)
  • Receive a favorable interview with conference committee
  • Receive a favorable interview with the Board of the Ordered Ministry

Upon the completion of the above, the Board of the Ordered Ministry may recommend the candidate to the Covenant Ministerium for finalization of transfer. If approved by the Covenant Ministerium, the recommendation will go to the Covenant Annual Meeting. The Covenant Annual Meeting will vote to finalize transfer of ordination to the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Candidates are invited to participate in the ordination/commissioning service at the Covenant Annual Meeting.

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Evangelical Free

Evangelical Free Church of America
901 E. 78th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55420
Phone: 952.854.1300
Website: or direct to the Employment page or specifically their pastoral placement site

Church Health Overseer
Mailing Address: 5150 Abbott Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99507
District Office: 23837 108th Ave. S.E. #335
Kent, WA 98031-3553
Phone: 907.349.1924 (Alaska)
Fax: 907.349.1927 (Alaska)

Requirements for Ministry:
All pastors and ministry personnel seeking a license or ordination in the EFCA must undergo a local licensing or ordination council. The results of this council are forwarded to the Office of the President for review.

The Office of the President is responsible for upholding the doctrinal standards of the EFCA and the distinctives of their movement. While the EFCA grants liberty in many non-essentials of the faith, it is unbending on the twelve Articles of Faith which define its doctrine.

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Evangelical Lutheran Church



Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
8765 W. Higgins Rd.
Chicago, IL 60631-4197
Phone: 773.380.2700 or 800.638.3522
Fax: 773.380.1465
Website: or direct to the Career Opportunities page for church and organizational openings
Inter-Lutheran Partners' employment pages: Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Refugee and Immigration Service

Oregon Synod:

2800 N. Vancouver Ave., Ste. 101
Portland, OR 97227-1643
Phone: 503.413.4191
Fax: 503.413.2407

Requirements for Ministry
The document, "Candidacy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America," is available from the denomination.

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General Supervisor
National Church Office, ICFG
P. O. Box 26902
Los Angeles, CA  90026-0176
Phone: 213.989.4500
Fax: 213.989.4538


Columbia District, ICFG (West Portland Metro)
2350 SE Territorial Rd.
Canby, OR  97013  
Phone: 503.266.9409
Fax: 503.266.7659

Mt. Hood District, ICFG (East Portland Metro)
P.O. Box 650
Gresham, OR  97030
Phone: 503.661.4444
Fax: 503.618.7220

Requirements for Ministry

See website for information on Licensing/Polity.

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Free Methodist

Headquarters: P.O. Box 535002
Indianapolis, IN 46253-5002
Phone: 317.244.3660
Website: or direct to their employment page
Regional: Bishop Roger Haskins
777 E. Alosta Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702
Phone: 626.334.0801
Area Superintendent: Rev. Gary Sloan
1860 Hawthorne Ave. Suite 100
Salem, OR 97303
Phone: 503.485.5110

Requirements for Ministry:
In the Free Methodist Church, ordination has three stages:

  1. An individual, sensing the call of God and the church to pastoral ministry, is first licensed as a local ministerial candidate. The call is affirmed by service in the local church where initial training begins.
  2. The second step involves acceptance by the annual conference as a conference ministerial candidate. During this period the candidate prepares for the third step through course work and itinerant service.
  3. In the third step a candidate is elected to ordination as an elder and becomes a full conference member.

If you are sensing God's call to pastoral ministry, following are the steps to take to begin the ordination process:

Contact your local pastor and share your desire to respond to God's call upon your life to pastoral ministry. If you are not a member of a local Free Methodist Church, talk to your pastor about membership classes.

Enter into a Learning Contract (see Local Ministerial Candidate Handbook) with the pastor (or designee) who will mentor you through the process.  The pastor shall decide when you are ready to be recommended to the local board of administration to be considered as a local ministerial candidate.

After being licensed by the local church, file a transcript of all post-secondary credits, an Enrollment Form and a signed copy of your Local Ministerial Candidate Check List to Ministerial Credentialing Services (see back of Local Ministerial Candidate Handbook). Your transcripts will be evaluated and a letter sent to you outlining the courses you will need to complete the educational requirements for the ordination process.

Ministerial Credentialing Services (MCS) is committed to helping pastoral candidates in the ordination process. From the opening of a file to elder's ordination, MCS guides pastors to ensure that educational and itinerant service requirements are met.

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Headquarters: Director North American Ministries
Friends United Meeting
101 Quaker Hill Dr.
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: 765.962.7573
Fax: 765.966.1293

Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends
200 N. Meridian
Newberg, OR 97132
Phone: 503.538.9419
Website: or direct to regional openings

Requirements for Ministry:
Northwest Yearly Meeting is associated with Evangelical Friends International, but the yearly meeting is the highest authority in matters of faith and practice, including the recording of ministers.

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General Association of Regular Baptists


National Representative
GARBC Pastoral Placement
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches
1300 N. Meacham Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4806
Phone:  847.843.1600or 888.588.1600
Fax: 847.843.3757


Northwest Baptist Home Mission
1723 S. Walters Road
Tacoma, WA  98465
Phone:  253.565.4997

Requirements for Ministry:
To place your resume in the GARBC Pastoral Search and Placement, you must agree with the GARBC Articles of Faith and be compatible with the decision of the churches to fellowship in the Association. We do not accept resumes of candidates who have been divorced.

Candidates who are not members of GARBC churches:
We ask that you indicate your agreement with the GARBC Articles of Faith and that you acquaint yourself with the GARBC by reading the books, Quest for Faithfulness, by Dr. Paul Tassell, and Portrait of Obedience by Dr. J. Murray Murdoch, available from Regular Baptist Press, 1-800-727-4440. Please consult to learn more about the mission and core values of the GARBC.

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Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod


The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
1333 South Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63112
Inter-Lutheran Partners' employment pages: Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Refugee and Immigration Service


Northwest District - LCMS
1700 N.E. Knott
Portland, OR 97212
Phone: 503.288.8383
Fax: 503.284.2785

Requirements for Ministry
To become a member of the ordained clergy in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, after four years of college the man must attend one of the church's two seminaries. The four-year seminaries are located in St. Louis, Missouri and Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

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Mennonite Brethren

Headquarters: U.S. Conference of MB Churches
Mailing: P.O. Box 220
Location: 315 S. Lincoln
Hillsboro, KS 67063-0220
Phone: 620.947.3151
Regional: Pacific District Conference
1717 S. Chestnut
Fresno, CA 93702-4709
Phone: 559.453.2082

Requirements for Ministry
A prospective pastor must be called by the local church. The local church also requests licensing for the pastor once hired.

There are no formal educational requirements but the candidate must have adequate training and complete a ministry questionnaire.

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Church of the Nazarene
6401 The Paseo
Kansas City, MO 64131
Phone: 800.306.7651
Fax: 816.361.5202
Website: or direct to the clergy staffing service page


District Superintendent
Oregon Pacific District
Mailing: P.O. Box 1088
Salem, OR 97308
Location: 2780 Market St. N.E.
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503.581.3950
Fax: 503.581.3955

Requirements for Ministry
First is responding to God's call. Second is educational preparation for ministry.

How can you prepare for ministry? The first action your pastor will take is to help you enroll with the District Ministerial Studies Board and begin the course of study. Your preparation for ministry is supervised by the District Ministerial Studies Board. When he or she feels you are ready, the pastor will recommend that your local church board issue you a local minister’s license. The stages of ministry described in the Handbook for Christian Ministries are:

  1. Educational Preparation
  2. Registering with the District Ministerial Studies Board
  3. Candidacy for Ordination
  4. Lifelong Learning

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North American Baptist

Headquarters: Senior Leader/Worldwide Outreach
North American Baptist Conference
1 South 210 Summit Ave.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Phone: 630.495.2000 ext. 209
Fax: 630.495.3301
Website: or direct to the ministry opportunities page


Requirements for Ministry
The placement process for individuals desiring to minister in the North American Baptist Conference are as follows:

  1. Complete the pastoral profile form
  2. Sign the NAB Statement of Faith
  3. Sign the NAB Pastoral Code of Ethics
  4. Have 3 references complete the appropriate form
  5. Complete the Ministry Match assessment tool
  6. Interview following the completion of the appropriate forms

All forms except the Ministry Match assessment tool available on the MAB website.

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Pentecostal Church of God



General Secretary
Pentecostal Church of God
P.O. Box 850
Joplin, MO 64802
Phone: 417.624.7050


Pacific Northwest District
P.O. Box 8358
Yakima, WA 98908
Phone: 509.966.1212
Fax: 509.966.1318

Requirements for Ministry
The Application for Ministerial Credentials is available on the website.

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Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)


Stated Clerk, PCA
1700 N. Brown Road, Suite 105
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: 678.825.1000
Fax: 678.825.1001
Website: or direct to the Pastor Search Information page

Requirements for Ministry
Information on vocation, ordination, installation and other related topics can be found in the Book of Church Order.

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Presbyterian Church - USA


Headquarters: Congregational Ministries Director
100 Witherspoon St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 888.728.7228
Fax: 502.569.5018
Website: or direct to the Ministry and Vocations page

Synod Executive
Synod of the Pacific
200 Kentucky St. Suite B
Petaluma, CA 94952-2879
Phone: 800.754.0669 or 707.765.1772
Fax: 707.765.4467

Requirements for Ministry
Presbyterians believe that all persons are called to ministry in their communities, however particular forms of leadership are needed for the work of the church. Presbyterians understand a call to ministry to have three parts: 1) an inner sense of call; 2) a community that tests this sense of call; and 3) a call from a community to serve in a particular place.

A person who feels called by God to be a Presbyterian minister, known as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament, begins by expressing that desire to a church's Session (governing board). The person must be an active member of the church for at least six months before this can happen. If the Session agrees, the request proceeds to the Committee on Preparation for Ministry of the church's presbytery (regional governing body). There follows an "inquiry" period, during which the person explores the implications of becoming a minister together with the Session and the presbytery committee. The inquiry phase normally lasts two years. Its purpose is to determine the person's suitability for ordination as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament.

At the end of this phase, the inquirer must demonstrate personal faith, a sense of self-understanding, an understanding of the Reformed tradition, what it means to be Presbyterian, and an understanding of the task of being a minister. If the presbytery is satisfied, the person becomes a "candidate" for ministry. During this phase, full and intensive preparation occurs under scrutiny of the Session and the Committee on Preparation for Ministry.

Routinely, candidates have a college undergraduate degree (usually four years) and complete a seminary degree (usually three years). In addition, candidates must pass national exams that demonstrate their competence in the fields of theology, Bible (including content and a working knowledge of Greek and Hebrew), church polity, and worship and Sacraments.

The candidate is examined by the Committee on Preparation for Ministry and, after presenting a personal statement of faith and preaching a sermon, by the presbytery itself. If the examination is sustained and the candidate receives a valid call to ministry, the presbytery ordains him or her to the office of Minister of the Word and Sacrament. Only a presbytery may ordain a minister, not a congregation.

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Southern Baptist

Headquarters: Vice-President for Convention Relations
Executive Committee, Southern Baptist Convention
901 Commerce St.
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615.782.8609
Fax: 615.782.8684
Website: or direct to the JobSearch page

Northwest Baptist Convention of SBC
3200 N.E. 109th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98682
Phone: 360.882.2102
Fax: 360.882.2295
Website: or direct to the Ministry Positions page

Requirements for Ministry
Ordination for service as a minister of a Southern Baptist Church is a matter controlled by local churches. The usual process is similar to this:

  1. Candidate gives evidence of calling
  2. His life, the depth of his commitment, and his orthodoxy are reviewed
  3. Ordination by the local church

Most churches establish search committees in the event of a pastoral vacancy, and often rely on recommendations from trusted contacts in the ministry and church circles.

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United Church of Christ


Local Church Ministries
United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216.736.3804

Website: or direct to employment opportunities page


Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ
0245 SW Bancroft St. Suite E
Portland, OR 97201-4258
Phone: 503.228.3178
Fax: 503.228.6983


Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ
6218 Beacon Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98108-3159
Phone: 206.725.8383
Fax: 206.725.8394

Requirements for Ministry
In the United Church of Christ, all people are expected to minister to one another and to the community in which they find themselves. However, we do set aside certain individuals as ordained ministers. Ordination is the responsibility of local associations, which are at liberty to set their own standards. In most instances, however, people seeking ordination in the United Church of Christ are expected: 1) to be members of the United Church of Christ (usually two or more years), 2) to have completed a college education, 3) to have been awarded a Masters of Divinity degree from a theological seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, 4) and to have completed the "In-Care" process of the appropriate association. All persons considering ordination in the United Church of Christ should contact the pastor of their local congregation and the Committee on the Ministry of the association to which that congregation belongs as early in the process as possible.

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United Methodist

Headquarters: General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
P.O. Box 340007
1001 Nineteenth Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203-0007
Phone: 615.340.7388

Metropolitan District of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference                                                                                  District Superintendent
1505 S.W. 18th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 800.593.7539 or 503.226.7931
Fax: 503.226.4158


Requirements for Ministry
Certification is the church's recognition that an individual has met the required standards for academic training, experience, and continuing study necessary to achieve and maintain professional excellence.

  1. Contact the certification registrar of your conference Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) or Section of Deacons and Diaconal Ministries (SDDM), email, telephone 615.340.7375, to get information about: a) certification courses in Christian education b) scholarship information c) enrollment form HE4064.
  2. Study the contents of this booklet and decide which route you want to take for the fulfillment of the requirements for certification in Christian education.
  3. Enroll in the program by filling out form HE4064, "Enrollment For Certification Studies" and sending it to The Division of Ordained Ministry, Section of Deacons and Diaconal Ministries, P.O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203-0007.
  4. Complete the academic requirements. The academic requirements can be completed through graduate or undergraduate degrees or non-degree tracks.
  5. Send one copy of form 323790 "Application for Certification", to your conference BOM.
  6. Send a second copy of the application with a copy of your transcript to the Section of Deacons and Diaconal Ministries, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), P.O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203-0007.
  7. Upon receipt of the application, your annual conference BOM will:
    • Contact the three references given in the application, ask their evaluation, using forms prepared by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church for that purpose
    • Administer a psychological assessment and criminal background check
    • Schedule an interview with you
    • Verify church membership, abilities, skills, experience, and leadership position in Christian education
    • Make a recommendation to the annual conference concerning certification
  8. The conference board will notify you and SDDM, GBHEM, of the action taken by the conference board concerning the application. If favorable and the Section of Deacons and Diaconal Ministries concurs, a certificate of certification will be sent to the conference board for presentation at annual conference.
  9. The conference BOM will keep a record of all certified persons in Christian education and publish their name annually in the conference journal. When a certified person in Christian education transfers from one annual conference to another, his/her records are forwarded to the conference Board of Ordained Ministry in the new conference.
  10. The continuing validity of certification is dependent upon a bi-annual review and renewal. The forms for this purpose are prepared by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church and are available from the conference Board of Ordained Ministry.

There are three routes toward the fulfillment of the academic requirements for certification: master's degree, bachelor's degree, non-degree.

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Village Missions


Village Missions International Service Center
P.O. Box 197
Dallas, OR 97338
Phone: 503.623.4107
Fax: 503.623.3357


Village Missions of Canada
Suite 270-11331 Coppersmith Way
Richmond, BC V7A 5J9 CANADA
Phone: 800.652.8155

Requirements for Ministry
Village Missions is an evangelical non-denominational organization that places missionaries in rural areas of the United States and Canada. The purpose of Village Missions is to provide full time, qualified, spiritual leadership primarily to rural areas where there exists a definite need to win and disciple people to Jesus Christ through the proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel; and to continue such leadership as long as requested. A cooperative relationship is held with the Stonecroft Ministries of Kansas City, MO with which it is affiliated. The application process consists of forms, references, an interview, and a candidate school preparing couples for the unique missionary pastoral ministry. Specialized training is given for raising the modest support requirement. The following are personal requirements for ministry:

  • A personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ
  • A married couple
  • A divorce-free marital history
  • A diploma or degree from a Bible school, Bible college, or seminary, which meets the minimum educational requirements set forth by Village Missions
  • The conviction that God is directing you to serve with Village Missions
  • A consistent prayer life
  • Leadership ability
  • A desire to carry out this unique missionary ministry
  • The ability to raise some personal financial support
  • Legal authorization to work in the US or Canada
  • An agreement with the doctrinal statement and willingness to cooperate with the policies of Village Missions
  • An agreement with the position of Village Missions concerning the Holy Spirit and the Sign Gifts.

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The Wesleyan Church


General Secretary
Mailing: P.O. Box 50434
Indianapolis, IN 46250-0434
Location: 13300 Olio Rd.
Noblesville, IN 46060
Phone: 317.774.7900
Website: or direct to the Employment Opportunities page


District Superintendent
Northwest District
5707 N.E. 78th St.
Vancouver, WA 98665
Phone: 360.693.1677
Fax: 360.750.7459

Requirements for Ministry:
To become an Ordained Minister in The Wesleyan Church, one must first have a sense of calling from God to which he/she testifies. The person feeling called of God to minister must then be recommended by their local church as a person worthy of consideration for the ministry. At this point the prospective minister is placed under the nurture and care of the District Board of Ministerial Development where one's training begins, a journey that will take several years.

One begins as a Ministerial Student working on a degree program from a college or university, majoring in Christian ministry or Christian education. Preparation at this level can also be accomplished by acceptance in the denominational study course agency and working through a four-year curriculum by correspondence.

When all the criteria required of a Ministerial Student has been met, he/she is then advanced to the level of "Licensed Minister". At this level the student must complete a minimum of two years as an appointed Licensed Minister by the District Conference serving in a local church. This leads to ordination as an "Ordained Minister". The person remains under the leadership and direction of the Ministerial Board of Development through the entire process.

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