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Course of Action Licensed Minister Applicant

How should you proceed in your licensure journey? Note the wisdom passed on by Solomon. “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory” (Prov. 24:3-6 ESV). 


Just as houses are built from a plan and wars are won or lost because of a plan, it is wisdom to make a licensure plan that fits your schedule. Again, note Solomon’s wisdom. “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls” (Prov. 25:28 ESV). Self-control is the critical element in successfully completing the licensure process. 

Your tentative timeline will assure your pastor and the Regional Bishop that you are serious about obtaining your  Ministers License. It can also serve as your personal motivation since you know the Regional Bishop has a copy and is monitoring your progress. 

Select the Button below to submit your timeline to both your Pastor and to the Regional Bishop.

The following tasks will need to be accomplished during the first year as a Licensed Minister applicant status:


Two-paragraph, typed, and double-spaced essay entitled, My Calling

One-page, typed, and double-spaced essay entitled, My Philosophy of Ministry

Register in the Ministerial Development Program (MDP)

         "Homiletics and Hermeneutics: Four Views on Preaching Today”, Scott M. Gibson & Matthew D Kim

         "Church Administration: Effective Leadership for Ministry”, Charles A Tidwell

         "Pray Then Preach", E.M. Bounds

         "The Lost Link", R.G. Spurling


Now let’s put that in writing. I will use myself as an example.


I, Clint Knowles, will complete my essay, "My Calling" in the first 7 days of being set forth as a Licensed Minister. Within the first 7 days, I will complete my essay, "My Philosophy of Ministry". I will register in the online Ministers Development Program, MDP, within 1 month(s) and will complete my MDP within 6 month(s).  I will also support and attend regional events. 

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