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.

Please Note:

You must be a member of our organization to apply for ordination.  This application is “only supposed" to be available to members of the NACM.  However, sometimes people manage to accidentally find this page from a search engine.  If you are not a member, please follow the link above titled "apply for membership" to join before applying.  All applications from non-members will not be considered. 

Thank you for your understanding.

-The NACM Ministry team

What is Ordination?

Before proceeding we need to consider the meaning of ordination. 

In general as well as Biblical terms, the word "ordain" comes from the Greek word "diatassō" which means to "appoint".

In general as well as Biblical terms the word "minister" comes from the Greek word "diakoneō" which means to be a servant (in the strictest since it means to wait upon tables).

When the two words are combined, "ordained minister" - we get the definition "to appoint one to serve, or appointed servant". 

Why is this important?

For two reasons:

 1) Because Jesus said:

"he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever shall exalt himself shall be abased, and he who shall humble himself shall be exalted" (Mat 23:11-12 MKJV).

The minister of our God is a servant and they should lead by serving, even as our Lord did when he washed His disciples feet.

2) There are some who dispute over the qualifications of pastors, such as if women should be allowed to be pastors.  We want only to briefly address this concern. 

Notice that an appointed servant is not qualified by being a pastor, elder, deacon etc.  These positions are expected to be filled by someone who has been "ordained", but being ordained does not necessarily make someone for example a deacon.  For this reason there should be no disagreements over the ordination of men or women as long as they live a life consistent with Christian ethics and there is a call of Christian service on their lives. 

Who would have any objections to men or women being "appointed" as Christian "servants"?  No reasonable person would.  To do so is to deny that God wants all genders to serve Him. 

For this reason we conclude that it is up to the independent churches/ministries to decide what their requirements are for serving them.  It is not the position of the National Association of Christian Ministers to appoint women or men as pastors, deacons, etc.  It is our purpose to recognize ministers (appointed servants) so that they may legally pursue the convictions that God has placed on their hearts.

This takes us to the next point...

It is God who ordains
Technically speaking, only God can ordain ministers.  It is He who calls, and it is His Spirit that appoints spiritual gifts to whom He wills.  For this reason, we make no claim to ordain people, but rather in granting ordination we recognize the call to Christian service that God has already placed on someone's life.