R3 Alliance | Credential Levels
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Levels of Relationship

  • Mutual Fellowship – This level of RELATIONSHIP is intended to establish bridges between other denominations and para-church ministries. The intention is to establish and maintain a non-threatening environment for anyone who is not an official member of the R3 ALLIANCE. The Mutual Fellowship Level is also known as a “loose-fellowship,” including churches corporately and ministers individually.

 

  • Cooperative Membership – R3 ALLIANCE identifies with these ministers and ministries and maintains RELATIONSHIP with these churches and ministries but does not have any responsibility to them. The cooperative member would be permitted to use the name association and logo of R3 on websites, publications, and other communications.

 

  • ALLIANCE Membership/Sister Churches – This level extends authority and submission to both sides of participating entities. R3 ALLIANCE would necessarily have input and ability to correct, rehabilitate, restore, and/or release anyone at this level of RELATIONSHIP. Out of mutual cooperation, the name and logo of R3, which carries our reputation and integrity, would be permitted to be used by those in RELATIONSHIP with R3 on websites and promotions, etc.

 

We recommend, but do not require, that the church/ministry name a representative from their Board of Directors to be approved by the Presbytery of Ministers. Otherwise, they would be required to submit an annual Ministry Highlights Report.

Requirements for Ordination, Licensing or Ministerial Apprentice

All individuals who believe in the principles, nature, and purpose of R3 ALLIANCE may make application to become a part of this fellowship if the following requirements are fulfilled:

      1. The applicant must be called of God to minister as laid out in Ephesians 4:11.
      2. The applicant must be actively involved in the ministry.
      3. The applicant must agree with the R3 ALLIANCE Statement of Faith.
      4. The applicant must include a detailed, typed ministry résumé along with application.
      5. If credentials are held with another organization, submit a copy of certificate.
      6. The applicant must return the completed packet, processing and annual fees to a member of the Presbytery.
      7. The applicant must submit a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $50.00.
      8. The applicant must submit an annual license/ordination fee of $150.00. This fee will be refunded 
if the application is not approved.
      9. The applicant must have a Biblical Studies education – we will evaluate your current education to 
see if it qualifies.

Credentialing Process for R3 Alliance of Ministers and Churches

Ministry Apprenticeship

This level of credential is for those who are developing a call to fulltime vocational ministry and are devoting part of their time to Christian ministry. They shall remain under the supervision of a pastor or designated supervisor and be actively engaged in some aspect of ministry.

 

  1. Complete the application:
    • Review all documents in the application packet.
    • Indicate your agreement with doctrinal statement of R3.
    • Provide transcripts or certificates for completion of any required courses.
    • Submit application fee.
  2. Provide references:
    • Provide the name of a senior pastor with whom you have been directly associated and to whom you have been accountable in ministry.
    • Provide two other references, at least one in a secular field.
  3. You will be contacted by a member of the Credentials Review Committee to establish a date and time for a personal interview.
  4. Interview with Credentials Review Committee member. (This interview may be conducted via teleconference, videoconference or in person.)
  5. Approval of credential with instructions for advancing future credentials.
  6. You may expect to receive your Ministry Apprenticeship credential via postal mail within two weeks of the interview approval by the Credential Review Committee.
Ministry License

This level of credential is for those who have met the qualifications for licensure and show evidence of a divine call and demonstrate the character for that calling. They shall have practical ministry experience with the intended purpose of devoting one’s life in service to proclaiming the gospel.

 

  1. Complete the application:
    • Review all documents in the application packet.
    • Indicate your agreement with doctrinal statement of R3.
    • Provide transcripts or certificates for completion of any required courses or credential from another credentialing body.
    • Submit application fee.
  2. Provide references:
    • Provide the name of a senior pastor with whom you have been directly associated and to whom you have been accountable in ministry.
    • Provide two other references, at least one in a secular field.
  3. You will be contacted by a member of the Credentials Review Committee to establish a date and time for a personal interview.
  4. Interview with Credentials Review Committee member.
    • This interview may be conducted via teleconference, videoconference or in person.
  5. Approval of credential with instructions for advancing future credentials.
  6. You may expect to receive your Ministry License credential via postal mail within two weeks of the approval by the Credential Review Committee.
Ordination

This level of credential is for those who give proof of their call and whose maturity in ministry qualifies them for leadership in fulltime ministries. Applicants must be at least 23 years of age, have held a ministry license, and have been actively engaged in proven fulltime ministry for at least two consecutive years.

 

  1. Complete the application:
    • Review all documents in the application packet.
    • Indicate your agreement with doctrinal statement of R3.
    • Provide transcripts or certificates for completion of any required courses or credential from another credentialing body.
    • Submit application fee.
  2. Provide references:
    • Provide the name of a senior pastor with whom you have been directly associated and to whom you have been accountable in ministry.
    • Provide two other references, at least one in a secular field.
  3. You will be contacted by a member of the Credentials Review Committee to establish a date and time for a personal interview.
  4. Interview with Credentials Review Committee member.
    • This interview will be conducted in person.
  5. Approval of credential
  6. Commissioning Service
    • There will be a commissioning for fulltime ministry with the laying on of hands for spiritual service. This will be done with the leadership of the R3 Alliance of Ministers and Churches.
  7. You will receive your ordination credential after the Commissioning Service.

 

Specific Requirements

REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIC TO MINISTERIAL LICENSE:

  • The applicant must be at least 21 years of age for licensing.
  • The applicant must have two years of Biblical studies. Biblical studies can be local (in-house or off-campus), extended education, or online courses.

 

REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIC TO ORDINATION:

  • The applicant must be at least 23 years of age for ordination.
  • Applicants must be licensed for two years before becoming ordained.
  • The applicant must be actively ministering and speaking on a regular basis.

 

ALL COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKETS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:*

  1. Application Form
  2. Signed Code of Honor Pledge
  3. Recent photograph
  4. Non-refundable $50.00 application fee
  5. $150.00 annual membership fee (Ministers who are accepted in the last quarter of 
the year will not have a renewal fee for the following year. This fee is due annually.)
  6. Two recommendations from persons who have known your ministry for at least two years
  7. Minister’s Invitation completed by a member of the Presbytery
  8. Statement of Ministry
  9. Résumé including your education, ministry, and work background

 

*No action will be taken on your application until all fees and completed forms have been submitted.