In case you are thinking about getting a ministerial license…here are a few reasons I thought of this morning on the plane:
1. It encourages unity.
2. It provides accountability.
3. It provides protection.
4. It is the natural progression for those seeking to minister within and outside of their local congregation.
5. It encourages intentional community, as leadership can be a lonely place.
6. It gives a minister a voice to vote.
7. It gives a minister the opportunity to serve the organization in a leadership capacity with God given vision and dreams.
8. We have three levels of licensure for different areas of ministry and service. This encourages testing out the call and growing into leadership.
9. It provides training and guidance to practice and work out your calling.
10. It helps support our organization financially.
11. It allows a person to serve in public space ministry.
12. It provides a structured path for those seeking the five fold ministry.
13. It helps keep both men and women in community together and share in accountability, further reflecting the whole image of God represented in humanity.
14. It may or may not open other doors of ministry, but it certainly enables one to continue to be faithful in their calling.
15. It encourages a younger generation to listen for God’s calling.
16. It gives credentials to who God and community has already called, commissioned and ordained.
17. It helps us numerically tell of our growth and story as Pentecostal ministers.
18. It encourages us to be in fellowship with others, even other Pentecostal and Apostolic organizations.
19. It follows the Biblical model of leadership development in the NT.
20. It supports the sectional, district, and national parts of our organization which helps us grow into the revival and harvest God continues to send.
21. It provides a disciplinary protocol if needed to help keep parishioners safe from spiritual abuse and abuse of power in leadership.
22. It helps provide a structure for global and missionary work. It gives us avenues to go to all parts of the world with our license.
23. It helps us in communication efforts of casting a vision and communicating with the leaders who are doing the work of ministry.
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