Steps for Licensing
Step 1: Initial Meeting – Prospective Minister’s Application
Applicant is given the Prospective Minister’s Application. Prospective Minister’s Application is
completed and the applicant is reviewed by the Unit Supervisor if applying for Lead Pastor or by the
Lead Pastor if applying for a Staff License. If everything is in order move to Step 2.
Step 2: Give Licensing Process Manual – prepare for Discussion.
Applicant is given the Licensing Process Manual and the Discussion Guide is introduced. Applicant needs
to go through the Discussion guide to prepare for the Interview.
Step 3: Interview
Applicant is interviewed by the Unit Supervisor if applying for Lead Pastor or by the Lead pastor if
applying for a Staff License. If everything is in order move to Step 4. If not, go through reasons why with
the applicant. If everything is approved, an appointment may be made at this point but the applicant is
a candidate only until the licensing process is complete.
Step 4: Appointment
Appointment of a Lead Pastor (Candidate) is done by the Unit Supervisor in consultation with the
President. Appointment of a Staff Pastor (Candidate) is done by the Lead Pastor in consultation with the
Council and Unit Supervisor. Appointment of a National Missionary (Candidate) is done by the Missions
Coordinator in consultation with the President and Unit Supervisor. Appointment of an Associate
Missionary (Candidate) is done by the Lead Pastor in consultation with the council, Missions Coordinator
and Unit Supervisor. Appointment of a Team Specialist (Candidate, Non‐licensed) is done by the Lead
Pastor and in consultation with the council and Missions Coordinator.
Step 5: Application for License
Licensing Application form, written assignments, academic records, criminal record search and
recommendations are submitted to the Unit Supervisor to be reviewed. The Unit Supervisor provides
the forms to the National Office in preparation for the next License and Ordination Committee meeting.
Step 6: Academic Evaluation
Academic experience is reviewed by the LEAD Coordinator or his designate and recommendations for
further training is given. (See LEAD Vision & Purpose.)
Step 7: Licensing Committee
The licensing committee reviews the license application and papers and makes recommendations.
Follow up with applicant.
Step 8: Job Description and Employment Contract
The Administration Manual is given to the candidate. A meeting is held with the candidate to sign the
employment contract and salary and benefits as outlined and approved by the church council in
cooperation with the Unit Supervisor. A Covenant of Understanding between the National Office and
the local Church Council outlining the terms and conditions needs to be in place prior to the employment
contract being signed. Responsibility of the Church Council for care for a FGCC Pastor is reviewed by the
Unit Supervisor or National Office Administration, whether there is remuneration or not.
Step 9: Approval and Ordination
If everything is in order a certificate is given to the Lead Pastor (Staff License) or Unit Supervisor
(National License) for presentation to the candidate and laying on of hands takes place for ordination.
Step 10: Annual Renewal and Interview
An annual interview is conducted by the Unit Supervisor for Lead Pastors and by the Lead Pastor for
Staff Pastors. The Pastor’s Code of Ethics must be re‐signed before licenses are renewed each year.
Training requirements are reviewed. Position Description, Salary and benefits are reviewed by the
church council. If changes are made, notice must be given to the National Office.