National Association of Christian Ministers
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National Association of Christian Ministers

Answering His Call to Advance the Gospel and Unite the Body of Christ.

Can women be ordained? Doesn't the Bible say, "Let your women keep silence in the churches?"  Is there a Biblical explanation? Where does the NACM stand on the ordination of women?  There has been much debate over the question of women serving as pastors and or ordained ministers.  We agree that this is a complicated subject that requires careful consideration of scripture.  We also agree that the spirit of Paul's teaching permits women to be appointed as ministers. Continued...

Should ministers officiate weddings? Is this concept Biblical?  How did the forefathers of America handle the first marriage? First we would like to make it clear that we do not recognize ministers with ordination for the sole purpose of officiating marriages.  Rather, we set them apart to spread the gospel.  However, we realize that there are times when ministers are asked to perform weddings.  This is perfectly acceptable in their service to God. Continue...

Can a person be called to ministry after a divorce? Can a pastor be divorced?  Is there ministry after divorcing a spouse? The short answer is "yes."  Our organization recognizes God's call of divorced people to ministry.  We believe that some of the church's interpretation of the matter both denies the power of God to forgive sin, and lacks sound reasoning. God permits divorce, forgives sin, and calls divorced ministers by His grace. Continued...         



What is legal ordination? How do I know if my credentials will be accepted?  Who has the authority to ordain?  Is ministry recognized by the government?

Does a person have to quit ministry if their children are unruly?  Should they not be permitted to serve if their homes are disrupted by disobedient kids?  The answers to these questions exists in terms of how "unruly" is defined, and what part the minister plays in the child's behavior.  How old are the children -are they adults? Does the minister acknowledge or deny the disobedience of their children?  The NACM considers these factors when deciding the appointment of Elders.  Continued...

Do I have to go to school (seminary) to be a minister? If I chose to go, how do I know when I have found a good school? What is a minister's degree?  These are questions of purpose.  The bottom line is that some denominations require a seminary degree before ordination, others require a Diploma of Biblical Studies, and some require nothing more than evidence of a calling to ministry. Continue...