Licensing & Ordination
To receive your License & become an Ordained Minister of the Gospel through the Apostolic Church of Truth in Salvation.
Becoming a licensed or ordained minister is not a trivial matter. It represents the setting apart of an individual for ministry, where you are joining a group of Men who are devoted to the highest level of spiritual conviction. With this ability to organize fellowship, officiate wedding, and start your own congregation, becoming ordained as a Christian minister is a step that should be taken with the utmost level of seriousness and dedication.
Qualifications are specifically referring to the qualities and abilities of the applying candidates. Qualities are the distinguishing characteristics showing God's call on your life. Abilities are the ways in which candidates can maintain a level of consistency that exudes Christ as their Lord and Savior.
There are five (5) qualities that we the Apostolic Church of Truth in Salvation believes must be present in a man of God before he is considered as a candidate for a minister's license.
Is the candidate a person of integrity? Integrity is the ability to maintain Godliness regardless of conforming pressures, and develops in proportion to our level of Godly fear. It is evidenced in true humility, and uncompromising obedience to God's authoritative Word. Integrity consists of honesty in all things, including his preaching and story telling. Does he tell the truth in love, or does he choose to please man instead, (Galatians 1:10)?
Basically, these factors are the "qualities or features that distinguish one person" from the rest (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition). Below are 6 character traits we look for in a candidate.
Psalm 51:6 says, "Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden past you will make me to know wisdom." (NKJV)
2. Spiritual maturity
A Candidate should have consistent daily devotional time with the Lord. It can be surprising how many ministers and applying candidates (to be ministers) do not even pray 10 minutes in a day, except for meals. This is a serious deficiency in the brotherhood of ministers of the gospel. It is no wonder so many are falling into immorality and/or leaving the ministry. Working does not cause this for the Lord, but by forgetting whom He is. One of the things that Jesus did on a regular basis was find a solitary place to spend time with the Father. This keeps ministers connected to Him and His purpose for their lives.
Matthew 14:23 says, "And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there." (NKJV)
3. People skills
There are many people who want to enter the ministry and have little-to-no people skills. It is possible that some of them have fallen in love with the idea of standing in a pulpit. This does not suggest that such people will never qualify to enter the ministry to become licensed and/or ordained ministers. It does, however, require that candidates seriously work on bettering their people skills.
4. Godly wisdom
Unsurprisingly, God's wisdom can never be underestimated. The everyday ability of the minister to make good, sound decisions will never go unnoticed. On the contrary, bad decisions are rarely forgotten, and a series of them can greatly damage a ministry. Churches all across America decline in membership simply because of a few bad decisions made by the minister. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and as a shepherd, it is vital to look for God's wisdom in a candidate as it surely signifies that he fears the Lord. This statement requires qualification. Be cautious not to confuse wisdom with knowledge. Do not be impressed with "know how" or charisma. These are but fleeting facades that amount to nothing. Knowledge is the accumulation of facts. A person that lacks wisdom will never be able to successfully use acquired knowledge to build character, perseverance, or other useful life disciplines that will reflect the Lord in his life.
5. Student of the Word
For the most part, a licensed and/or ordained minister will be in a position of influence, and will often teach and preach by example. This responsibility requires the minister to be a student of God's Word. The term student has a precise definition. It is "a person engaged in study; one who is devoted to learning..." Learning from His Word is a lifelong, insatiable passion of the minister. Seek this quality out in the candidate and hold it dear to the heart of your ordination program.
Candidates must meet requirements provided in the ministerial Epistles and have the ability to show the calling of the ministry in their life. Candidates must also read and affirm the Statement of Faith provided on this website.
The Apostolic Church of Truth in Salvation is a denominational Apostolic-Oneness church, yet we give you the most flexibility to choose how best to help deliver the word of God. When choosing an ordaining institution, it is important to select an organization that not only supports a true Christian ethic but also has strong nationwide recognition. With members spanning from coast to coast, ministers who become ordained through our service are assured that the full strength of our establishment stands behind their success.
We want you to succeed. In fact, we need you as well so that we can succeed! The Christian church is in constant need of new ministers. God's work is never ending, and in a world increasingly captivated by celebrity gossip, corporate greed, and divisive politics, new ministers are in demand more now than ever. For those who are new to the clergy, their ordaining institution is often their first resource for getting started. That is why we want to make sure that your experience with our organization is a positive one and that you get everything you need to begin the good work of the Lord.