The Credentialing Process

Credentialing Levels:

Level 1:
Licensed Minister

This would be the entry point for all pastors new to the Be In Christ Church of Canada until requirements for Ordination are met.

Requirements of License:
All persons seeking credentials must complete the following for licensed status:

1) Pastoral Profile and Security Check:

– Questionnaire
– Vulnerable Sector Check

2) Reading for Initial Licensing:

– Handbook on Faith and Life
– The Pastoral Way

3) Core Courses:

– Core Course 1.0 (must be registered and attend in first year of credentialing/assignment).
Focus: This is us, history, theological streams, culture, hermeneutics, cultural engagement, pastoral expectations, etc. (2.5 days)
– Core Course 2.0 (must be registered and attend in second year of credentialing/assignment).
Focus: Pastoral in nature (i.e. what have you experienced, what questions do you have, etc.), pastoral way, personality discovery, self awareness, cultural engagement follow-up, etc. (1.5 days)

Level 2:
Ordained Minister

We would expect all Licensed Ministers to complete the necessary work for ordination in five years. 

Requirements of Ordination:
All licensed pastors must complete one of the following three options within five years of beginning service to receive ordained status:

A) Bachelors degree in theological, biblical or pastoral studies

or

B) BIC Certificate in Practical Theology – Six courses completed at Emmanuel Bible College:

– Hermeneutics/Biblical Interpretation
– Old Testament Survey
– New Testament Survey
– Systematic Theology
– Christian History
– Be In Christ Theology – capstone course

or

C) Complete an approved academic program at a college or seminary


Credentialing Statuses:

Assigned

Description:
An individual serving as a pastor in a local Be In Christ congregation.

Requirements for Retaining Credentials:
(Whether licensed or ordained)

  • Attend Spring and Fall LEAD events, AGM, and participate in pastoral cluster group.
  • Special

    Description:
    An individual serving in a pastoral role requiring credentials but not within a local Be in Christ congregation (i.e.: hospital, police or prison chaplaincy).

    Requirements for Retaining Credentials:
    (Whether licensed or ordained)

  • Attend one LEAD event per year and submit yearly report.
  • Unassigned

    Description:
    A person of working age who has concluded their ministry as an assigned pastor or special assignment. This credential will be valid for up to one year. After which credentials will no longer be in place but can be re-activated on the recommendation of the appropriate team leader.

    Requirements for Retaining Credentials:
    (Whether licensed or ordained)

  • Attend Spring and Fall LEAD events.
  • Emeritus

    Description:
    An individual who after effective service in a credentialed role retires and wishes to retain credentials and is attending a Be In Christ congregation.

    Requirements for Retaining Credentials:
    (Whether licensed or ordained)

  • Pray for the church and attend events that one is able to where applicable.
  • Suspended

    Description:
    A person who is credentialed but whose ministry or credentials are under review for ethical, theological, or behavioural reasons.

    Requirements for Retaining Credentials:
    (Whether licensed or ordained)

  • The requirements to retain or have credentials restored will be determined on a case by case basis.
  • Inactive List – A list of persons who have held credentials with Be in Christ Church of Canada but no longer do.


    Credentialing Process:

    Be In Christ Church of Canada requires all pastoral / ministry staff to be credentialed by Be In Christ Church of Canada. This ensures a healthy theological fit between pastors and the denomination and the congregation they serve. While the process does take some time to complete, it helps ensure that the incoming pastor feels comfortable within the Be In Christ Church of Canada family of churches. As you begin the discernment process for a ministry position within or associated with Be In Christ Church of Canada, the following are the necessary steps:

    STEP 1 – Self Assessment

    To assess your compatibility with Be In Christ Church of Canada, read the following documents that express Be In Christ Church of Canada theological views and core values:

    Core Values
    Articles of Faith & Doctrine (also found in the Handbook on Faith and Life)
    – The content of The Pastoral Way website (pastoralway.com)

    And watch the following teaching videos by Bruxy Cavey, Teaching Pastor at The Meeting House:

    “Chosen One: The Law and the Land” (Episode 12 – The Staff and the Sword)
    “Inglorious Pastors” (watch the whole series chronologically)

    Of special note (be sure to watch these two):

    Ep. 1 – The Emperor’s New Clothes  (April 11, 2010)
    Ep. 4 – Just War: Understanding the Majority View  (May 02, 2010)

    STEP 2 – Contact the Appropriate Team Leader to Initiate the Process

    Please contact the appropriate team leader for the ministry expression within which you would like to serve.

    If you are considering a pastoral role in:

    – A Be In Christ Community Church, contact Charlie Mashinter
    – The Meeting House, go to TMH Careers site
    – The Network, contact Matt Vincent

    If you are considering a credential clergy role beyond the local church (e.g. chaplain, spiritual director, para-church, etc.) contact Doug Sider.

    Please contact the Be In Christ Church of Canada Office if you have any questions.

    — ADDITIONAL STEPS REQUIRE TEAM LEADER GUIDANCE –


    Additional Credentialing Resources:

    Currently Credentialed Pastors – Resources
    Credentialing Update Survey (Annual survey for Special and Unassigned credentialed pastors)