Next Steps

Follow Your Calling

If you sense a call to ministry and would like to serve with us, here are the steps to take.

Accreditation & Licensing

Prerequisite to Pathways

Serving in the Metro District

Are you interested in serving God in the Metropolitan District? We want to help you connect your passion with God’s purpose. In order to serve with the Christian & Missionary Alliance you will need to start the Accreditation Process.

Accreditation & Licensing Process

01 – Create a Profile

The process starts with establishing a MYCMA profile at Called2Serve.org so that we can get to know you. As soon as you finish your “Getting To Know You” profile, a team member from the C&MA will connect with you.

02 – Complete Application

The Application for Alliance Ministries can be completed at Called2Serve.org by logging back into your MYCMA profile. This application includes a Doctrinal Questionnaire, Character References, and several other forms.

03 – Licensing Requirements

  • Church Licensing Request – Send to your church governance authority for completion online. Church planters should send to Advance Team Lead.
  • Background Check Authorization Form – Complete and submit to the Metro District Office via email or regular mail.
  • I-9 Form – Complete page 7 and include the appropriate form(s) of identification as indicated on page 9. Submit to the Metro District Office via email or regular mail.
  • Official Transcript – Request transcript from college/seminary only if it includes Bible/Theological/Ministry training courses (30 credits minimum). Submit to the Metro District office via email or regular mail.

04 – Accreditation Interview

Following completion of the district requirements, an accreditation interview by C&MA leadership will take place, where we will assess your character, calling, and readiness for ministry with us.

Pathways

Provisional Worker Residency

God is preparing his heroes; and when the opportunity comes, he can fit them into their places in a moment, and the world will wonder where they came from.

– A.B. Simpson

The Purpose

The purpose of Pathways is to equip Provisionally Licensed Workers with a learning residency to obtain permanent ministry status. Preparing to lead as a Church Ministry Worker, and a Consecrated or Ordained Minister is a sacrificial commitment to leadership. Simpson encouraged us, “When God wants to bring more power into our lives, He brings more pressure. He is generating spiritual force by friction.” Stepping into Pathways of Development prepares you to expand your capacity for all that God has for you.

Pathways Requirements

Completing Ordination/Consecration

Alliance Requirements

The Christian and Missionary Alliance Board of Directors has set a national set of requirements for Ordination and Consecration. The Metro District L&O/CC has been charged with their implementation and to ensure Ordination or Consecration is entrusted to called and qualified ministers of the gospel. If you have any questions please email pathways@metrocma.org.

Provisional Worker Residency

When you receive your Provisional Worker’s License you are automatically enrolled in this residency. Only provisionally licensed official workers may participate in this residency. A Provisionally Licensed Worker is an accredited minister who holds a licensed position in a ministry. The minister receives a provisional license for a maximum of 3 years as the minister pursues a permanent ministry status either as a Church Ministry Worker or as an Ordained/Consecrated Worker. If the minister does not complete the permanent status requirements within 3 years then the provisional license will be revoked.

Identify a Church Supervisor

Every Pathways resident is required to have a church supervisor for the duration of their participation in Pathways. The church supervisor must be a consecrated or ordained minister. The role of the church supervisor is to offer oversight to the resident within the church ministry and quarterly evaluations of the resident’s development. It is a commitment and investment in the development of new leaders.

Ministry Modules

Complete to Become an Ordained/Consecrated Minister

Modules 1-3 Must be Completed First

*Transferring/Sustaining Ministers Must Complete

  1. Attend Module 1 Seminar: New Official Workers & Alliance Mission
    Saturday, January 30th 2021
    Location TBD, will be live-streamed, link emailed prior to event
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  2. Read Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer
  3. Read The Fourfold Gospel, A.B. Simpson
  4. Complete the Module 1 Quiz and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  5. Complete the Quarterly Supervisor Evaluation Form and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  1. Attend Module 2 Seminar: Alliance Polity and Pastoral Ethics
    Saturday, April 24th 2021
    Location TBD, will be live-streamed, link emailed prior to event
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  2. Read All for Jesus, Robert Niklaus
  3. Read C&MA Manual. Please study sections A-5 and E.
  4. Read the C&MA Lifestyle and Conduct Policy.
  5. Read the C&MA Statement on Human Sexuality.
  6. Read the Metro District By Laws.
  7. Complete the Module 2 Quiz and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  8. Complete the Quarterly Supervisor Evaluation Form and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  1. Attend Module 3 Seminar: Alliance Theology and Pastoral Leadership
    Saturday, September 26th 2020
    Location TBD, will be live-streamed, link emailed prior to event
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  2. Read Resolving Everyday Conflict, Ken Sande
  3. Read one of the following that most pertains to your ministry or offer an alternative:
    • A Practical Guide for Life and Ministry: Overcoming 7 Challenges Pastors Face, David Horner
    • They Smell Like Sheep: Spiritual Leadership for the 21st Century, Dr. Lynn Anderson
    • Leading from the Second Chair, Mike Bonem & Roger Patterson
    • Survive or Thrive: Six Relationships Every Pastor Needs, Jimmy Dodd
    • Emotional Healthy Leader, Pete Scazzero
    • Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, Ruth Haley Barton
    • Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp
  4. Complete the Module 3 Quiz and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  5. Complete the Quarterly Supervisor Evaluation Form and email to pathways@metrocma.org

Read through the entire Bible. Once complete email pathways@metrocma.org with a statement that you have completed it and include the version you read.

Participate 6 times in an assigned cohort with other new workers. For more information download and read the Pathways Journal or email us at pathways@metrocma.org.

Modules 4-9 Can be Completed in Any Order

*Completing Modules 1-3 is Required

  1. Attend Module 4 Seminar: Christ our Savior with Soul Care & Identity Practicum
    Thursday, January 21st, 2021
    Location TBD, will be live-streamed, link emailed prior to event
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  2. Read the Heart of the Gospel, Bernie Van De Walle
  3. Complete the Module 4 Quiz and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  4. Complete the Quarterly Supervisor Evaluation Form and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  1. Attend Module 5: Christ our Sanctifier with Spirit & Empowered Ministry Practicum
    Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
    Location TBD, will be live-streamed, link emailed prior to event
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  2. Read Wholly Sanctified, A.B. Simpson
  3. Complete the Module 5 Quiz and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  4. Complete the Quarterly Supervisor Evaluation Form and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  1. Attend Module 6 Seminar: Christ our Healer with Healing Practicum
    Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
    Location TBD, will be live-streamed, link emailed prior to event
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  2. Read The Gospel of Healing by A.B. Simpson, or Children’s Bread by Keith Bailey.
  3. Complete the Module 6 Quiz and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  4. Complete the Quarterly Supervisor Evaluation Form and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  1. Attend Module 7 Seminar : Christ our Coming King with Preaching Practicum
    Saturday, January 27th, 2022
    Location TBD, will be live-streamed, link emailed prior to event
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  2. Read A Basic Guide to Eschatology, Millard Erickson
  3. Complete the Module 7 Quiz and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  4. Complete and Submit 2 Preaching Evaluations
  5. Complete the Quarterly Supervisor Evaluation Form and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  1. Attend Module 8 Seminar: The Church with Management & Development Practicum
    Thursday, April 28th, 2022
    Location TBD, will be live-streamed, link emailed prior to event
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  2. Read the C&MA Manual, the Pastor’s Handbook, and Finance Manual for Alliance Church Treasurers & Pastors
  3. Complete the Module 8 Quiz and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  4. Complete the Quarterly Supervisor Evaluation Form and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  1. Attend Module 9 Seminar: Missions with Culture & Diversity Practicum
    Thursday, September 24th, 2020
    Location TBD, will be live-streamed, link emailed prior to event
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  2. Read: Something Needs to Change, David Platt
  3. Choose one of the following:
  4. Complete the Module 9 Quiz and email to pathways@metrocma.org
  5. Complete the Quarterly Supervisor Evaluation Form and email to pathways@metrocma.org

Read through the entire Bible in a different translation than the first reading. Once complete email pathways@metrocma.org with a statement that you have completed it and include the version you read.

Please email the District Office at office@metrocma.org to schedule the examination.

Upon passing the written exam, a verbal examination will be scheduled by the District Office with the L&O/CC.

Pathways FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions.

Have another question? Email us at: pathways@metrocma.org

Cohorts incorporate the biblical model of discipleship as we learn and grow in small groups. The Cohort model is used in Pathways to provide ministers a small group for peer to peer learning and building peer relationships.

Cohort Details:

  • 5-10 residents per group
  • Led by a District Leader
  • Pre-meeting assignment
  • Pre-meeting devotional explaining biblical framework of topic
  • Meetings follow an outlined discussion
  • Pathways Journal
  • Assign Church Supervisor
  • Quarterly Church Supervisor Evaluations to be completed with Resident
  • Pastor & Elder commitment to support Resident for time & financial investment required for Residency

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

There is biblical precedent for setting men apart for special work for God. Those set apart were expected, both by God and His people, to instruct, protect, motivate, and equip God’s people to know and glorify God personally and corporately by obedience to His will, including evangelizing those who were not God’s people, thus participating in building and advancing His Kingdom.

An example of ordination in the Old Testament is the appointment of Aaron’s sons as priests (Exodus 28–29, Leviticus 6–9); in Jesus’ words regarding His choosing and appointing the twelve (John 15:16); in the appointment of Paul and Barnabas for missionary work; in the appointing of elders in the churches by Paul and Barnabas (Acts 14:23); and in the appointment of elders by Titus at Paul’s direction (Titus 1:5). In Ephesians 4:11–13, apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors/teachers are described as “given” to God’s people to equip them for serving and living for the Lord Jesus Christ. Timothy was “ordained” to special work for God and His Church (1 Timothy 4:14, 2 Timothy 1:6), with Paul and the “body of elders” participating in “laying hands on” Timothy.

The practice of “laying on of hands,” though not limited to activity resembling ordination, has accompanied setting persons apart for God’s work at every ministry level and is an Old and New Testament practice. God shall choose this occasion to impart spiritual gifts and/or special empowerment of the Holy Spirit for the ministry to which that person is called.

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.

Ordination is the Church’s public recognition of the call from God, distinct from human vocational choice, to men for a lifetime ministry, through speech and exemplary lifestyle, of preaching and teaching the Word of God, protecting God’s people from spiritual enemies and doctrinal heresies, overseeing and promoting the spiritual development of God’s people, and equipping God’s people to fulfill the Great Commission to “make disciples of all nations” for the purpose of knowing and glorifying God by obeying His will and building His Kingdom. The occasion for setting men apart for such ministry is the Church’s affirmation of the candidate’s faithful completion of preparation for ordination through approved education, in-service training, field experience with mentoring for a minimum of two years, and examination by a qualified council of peers.

From Section E-4 of The Official Manual of The C&MA

A Church Ministry Worker License is a permanent ministry license to serve in the C&MA. It enables ministers to serve in the local church for the ministry of God’s Word with limited leadership responsibilities, who do not seek to serve as an ordained or consecrated minister, nor exercise the privileges of ordained/consecrated ministry. Persons who hold this license serve the church under the immediate oversight of an ordained or consecrated minister.

A provisional license is a preparatory license to provide opportunity for mentoring by experienced pastors, development of skills in ministry and church leadership, and demonstration of Christian character for persons who are called to serve the church as an official worker with the possibility of ordained or consecrated ministry (Uniform Policy on Licensing and Certification, Manual of the C&MA (E3-3-4).