Types of RECOGNIZED MINISTERS FOR LICENSING

Commissioned minister: 

This recognition is automatically given to all believers in fellowship with this ministry. They are not authorized to perform any sacerdotal services, but primarily assist others in the Body of Christ. Individuals in this category may include, but are not limited to: teachers, worship leaders, instructors, hospital and jail visitation, ministerial assistance, and lay persons.

Licensed minister:

This recognition is given by the senior pastor/president of this ministry. This recognition is for those who are somewhat seasoned in the ministry, but need further experience. Many of these are individuals that have been working in their chosen vocation, but for some reason or another have never entered full-time ministry, or have only been in full-time ministry for less than three (3) years. Such persons are authorized to perform the following religious functions:

  1. Conduct religious worship
  2. Religious instruction
  3. Administer communion
  4. Provide spiritual counseling 
  5. Serve on the board of directors of the church
  6. And other sacerdotal functions including
    • Conduct baby dedication ceremonies 
    • Perform baptisms
    • Perform weddings
    • Conduct funerals
    • Visit the sick and shut-in
    • Minister in prisons

However, this person is not in charge of a congregation. Limited authority is granted to run the affairs of the ministry.

Ordained pastor/minister:

This recognition is given by the senior pastor/president to those persons who have an "established" or "proven" ministry. Ordained ministers are authorized to perform all functions of the Christian ministry and religious functions, and must be capable of doing so. Ordained ministers are authorized to perform all religious functions:

  1. Conduct religious worship
  2. Religious instruction
  3. Administer communion
  4. Provide spiritual counseling 
  5. Serve on the board of directors of a church
  6. Ministry administration
  7. And other sacerdotal functions including
    • Conduct baby dedication ceremonies 
    • Perform baptisms
    • Perform weddings
    • Conduct funerals
    • Visit the sick and shut-in
    • Minister in prisons

An ordained minister must be capable, as determined by the senior pastor/president, to take charge of a congregation.

As you can see, the language included describes only the religious functions of each type of minister after receiving their specific recognition through Shift Today Ministries Ministerial Licensing Program. So now that we know what it means to be legally ordained and why Shift Today Ministries ordains our own ministry leaders for ministry. We will next look at the required criteria that is needed to successfully begin your ministerial credentials and complete our program once approved by the leadership of Shift Today Ministries.