Consecration in The Christian and Missionary Alliance is the public recognition and affirmation of God’s call to women for a lifetime of service. This call, distinct from human vocational choice, is exercised through God-given and Holy Spirit empowered giftedness for an effective witness about Jesus Christ and proclamation of biblical truth for the purpose of reconciling people to God and equipping God’s people to fulfill the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations.”
Women who serve in obedience to God’s call follow the example in Luke 8:1–3 where women participated with the disciples in the public ministry of Jesus. They gave witness to the resurrection as the Lord Jesus commanded the women in Matthew 28:1–10. They participated in the establishment of the Church as the Holy Spirit filled all of the believers in Acts 2, and as a result they announced the great things that God had done.
The growing church in the Book of Acts modeled the fulfillment of prophecy that His Spirit would be poured out on all people, men and women, old and young, to tell forth God’s message (Acts 2:15–18). Other examples of women involved in ministry include the daughters of Philip who prophesied (Acts 21:9); Dorcas who served (Acts 9:39–41); Lydia who opened her heart and home (Acts 16:40); Priscilla who taught Apollos (Acts 18:24–28); and Phoebe who the apostle Paul addressed as a servant, minister, or deacon (Romans 16:1–2).
In accordance with the Uniform Constitution for Accredited Churches which identifies that “elders shall be male members” and that all pastors are understood to be “elders,” the ordination process is applicable only to male candidates. The consecration process, which acknowledges a woman’s call to serve the Lord’s Church in other equally important roles, will apply to female candidates.
Women who are called, gifted, and qualified are consecrated for gospel ministry and commended for service in the Church. Such persons have successfully completed the requirements of education, in-service training, and a minimum of two years of ministry experience and have been duly examined by the district License, Ordination, and Consecration Council (LO&CC).
From Section E-5 of The Manual of The C&MA