The Southern Florida District Board of Ministry exists to assist members of our local Nazarene churches who testify to a divine call to Christian Ministry, as they obediently respond to God’s leading in their lives. This Board is formed and operates a
ccording to Manual paragraphs 203.15 – 203.17 and 226 – 231.4.
The Board of Ministry is comprised of two distinct groups: The District Ministerial Credentials Board and the District Ministerial Studies Board. These boards work cooperatively to assist in the preparation, monitoring and assessing of ministerial candidates as they pursue credentialing in the Church of the Nazarene.
The District Ministerial Studies Board (Manual 229-231.4) may enroll students in a validated course of study, keep record of the studies of each individual, offer courses as it sees appropriate and necessary, make recommendations to the District Assembly and encourage Lifelong Learning for ministers.
The District Ministerial Credentials Board (Manual 226-228.10) is charged with processing applications it receives for ministerial credentialing, assessing the progress of the applicant in their studies and ministry experience, reviewing the testimony and character of the applicant, and making recommendation to the District Assembly for credentialing.
When a person believes God is calling them to pursue a vocation in Christian ministry, their first step should be to share this calling with the local pastor, who can give guidance and direction as to the next steps.
If you believe you have received such a call to Christian ministry, and have consulted with your local pastor, we then invite you to register that call with the Board of Ministry through the following link:
Once you have registered your call with us, someone from the Board of Ministry will contact you and provide confirmation that you are registered, and will talk with you about how and when you may pursue or continue a validated course of study program.
It will be important for you to read Manual paragraphs 500-502.6 and 529 – 532.2, which deal with “Ministry and Christian Service.”
It will be necessary for you to include your pastor and local church in this process as you look for guidance in your call to ministry.
Three Steps in the Licensing Process
1. Local License (issued by the local church board at the recommendation of the pastor)
2. District License (identity either the elder or deacon track)
3. Ordination (as elder or deacon)
Applying for a District License and Scheduling an Interview with the Board of Ministry
Annually, in the month of February, the Board of Ministry meets to conduct interviews with those who have applied for a District Minister’s License and/or Ordination as an Elder or Deacon. Applications must be submitted by January 31 in order to be considered for an interview. Applicants are also responsible for providing records of the ministerial studies they have completed during the year.
At the bottom of this page you will find the district application forms. Kindly download and complete the appropriate forms and submit them electronically. It will be acceptable to type your name in the signature line.
For credential matters, if you have questions please contact the District Secretary, Rev. James Spear. His contact information is Email Jim Spear
For ministerial studies matters, if you have questions please contact Rev. Dan Cupp, Chairman of the Ministerial Studies Board Email Dan Cupp or Rev. Rebecca Garner, Secretary of the Ministerial Studies Board Email Rebecca Garner
Every year the District Board of Ministry meets to interview each of those who apply for a District License or Ordination. After being granted their first District License, a student has a ten-year window to complete the required courses for ordination. The annual interview is designed to assess a student’s progress in terms of ministerial studies and experience, their theological understanding, their testimony and their gifts and graces, among other things. A candidate would do well to annually review the appropriate sections of the Manual regarding the Articles of Faith and Ministry and Christian Service, as well as to review what they have learned regarding the doctrine of holiness and the polity of the Church of the Nazarene. They should be prepared to discuss what they discovered since the last interview regarding their call, their gifts, and the focus of their ministry.
Background Checks for Ministry Students and Ministry Credential Applicants
Background checks are required on all those applying for ministerial status and all those enrolled in a validated course of study program for ministry. Please download and complete the required background check form. These forms should be mailed be to:
Southern Florida District Ministry Center
c/o Board of Ministry
2680 Placid View Dr.
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Where to Find Validated Courses of Study Curriculums for Ministry
The USA/Canada Regional Course of Study Committee has validated (for ordination) curriculums at various institutions, as they appear on the document linked below [John, you could insert the link as hyperlink text in this sentence also]. The Southern Florida District also offers some courses through a District-Sponsored Modular Course of Study (non-degree) in English, Spanish and French. You will want to explore the institutions linked at the bottom of the page as well as the district-sponsored option to determine what is right for you.
Communicating with the Board of Ministry
If you have any questions for the Board of Ministry, you may submit them here:
Pastor Educational Update
As a district, that values our Ministerial Studies education process, we are asking that pastors (Ordained Elders & Ordained Deacons), Associate Pastors, Local License Ministers and District License Ministers complete a survey to better assist us in our education process. In this survey, we are looking at how we can better serve our district, as God calls people into His service. We are looking for information concerning our services and about the overall education of our current pastors. Understanding that God uses each individual, it is important that we create a Ministerial Education program that adequately prepares men and women for the work of the Lord. Please click below.