We currently offer three levels of credentials with FDM: Christian Worker's Certificate, Licensed Minister, and Ordained Minister.
christian worker's certificate
The Christian Worker is a student exploring and pursuing the call to ministry. The Christian Worker is released to minister under the mentorship of an ordained minister but is not authorized to perform the sacrament of marriage without supervision.
Qualifications for a Christian Worker's Certificate:
Recommended by a member of FDM or be recommended by an Ordained Minister known by or in good standing with FDM.
Clear evidence of a divine call and a heart for the Gospel, together with an evident purpose to devote one’s life to growing as a disciple and a minister.
There are no educational requirements, however a Christian Worker’s Certificate is an excellent level of connection for those actively pursuing internships, ministry degrees and/or seminary training.
A Licensed Minister carries an endorsement by FDM that they are approved to minister. They may lead, preach, teach, and minister the sacrament of marriage under the oversight of an approved ordained minister.
Qualifications for License:
Recommended by a member of FDM or be recommended by an ordained minister known by or in good standing with FDM.
Clear evidence of a divine call and practical experience in ministry, together with an evident purpose to devote one’s life to sharing the Gospel. Those may be called by God into a specialized ministry such as Christian education, music, and other church-related or parachurch ministries.
While FDM does not require a rigid and specific educational requirement, all FDM ministers and particularly ministers that have no formal training are strongly encouraged to enter some college course work such as biblical studies or ministerial studies major. There are several ministry training opportunities available online. Recommendations can be given by FDM for many of these ministry training sources.
Ordination is our highest recognition and allows you to lead, preach, teach, minister and serve as a senior leader of a ministry, church department, or church.
Qualifications for Ordination:
Meet qualifications for ordination as outlined in the New Testament (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:7-9).
Recommended by a member of FDM, or be recommended by an ordained minister known by, or in good standing with FDM.
Display a clear evidence of a divine call and practical experience in preaching, together with an evident purpose to devote one’s life to spreading the gospel. Applicant must have demonstrated a mature ministry, having qualified themselves thereby for a wide range of leadership responsibilities in the ministry.
While FDM does not require a rigid and specific educational requirement, applicants for ordination should have completed some college course work such as biblical studies, practical ministerial internship work or equivalent training. All FDM ministers should maintain a “heart to learn” and continue to participate in some on-going biblical studies or ministerial studies.
All levels of FDM credentials are granted on an annual basis. Renewal is contingent upon a required annual review. This review is life-giving and designed to aid the ministers served by FDM to evaluate their spiritual, emotional, and professional health and growth.
All members have a suggested contribution of at least $100 a year or 10.00 per month to assist with administrative costs. These funds will also help execute conferences, ministers’ advances, workshops, and gatherings in which you may participate.