If you are beginning ministerial studies, specialized lay ministry training, or transferring ordination to the Wesleyan Church, then be sure to Enroll Online for Ministerial Preparation. You can also download the Ministerial Preparation Packet.
The call to ministry is an exciting journey, yet there will be challenges along the way. For those just beginning this journey there is an online enrollment form available to help you begin this process. The Manual of Ministerial Preparation is one guide which will make the path to ministry more understandable. Students can use the academic requirements chart as a quick reference guide to the courses required for credentialing in the Wesleyan Church. Ministerial students will find that they have several options to completing requirements for credentials including attending one of our Wesleyan Colleges/Universities, approved seminaries, FLAME, or completing correspondence courses.
Frequently Asked Questions
What courses are needed to academically qualify for a district license?
There are six classes that are required: Old Testament Intro, New Testament Intro, Wesleyan Church History/Discipline, Intro to Theology, Intro to Homiletics, and Church Leadership/Management.
After I complete my licensing or ordination requirements, how long will it take for you to report to my district?
When we receive grades from a class you have completed we normally record those within 3-4 days. We then process your certification and send it to your district within 3-5 business days.
How can I get a copy of my transcript from Education and the Ministry?
Call (317-774-3912) or e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will mail or fax one out to you.
Do you offer some kind of college degree with your courses?
No. We are not a college or an accredited institution. Our courses are offered solely to meet the ordination, commissioning, and licensing requirements of the Wesleyan Church. If you are interested in a degree you should begin a dialogue with one of our five Wesleyan Colleges.
I am a lay person who wants to take some classes for personal enrichment. Can I take classes through Education and the Ministry?
Yes. It is fine for you to do this but please be aware that most of the classes are geared towards someone preparing for pastoral ministry.
I have a friend who is sensing God's call into the ministry. How can I help him?
The Ministerial Preparation Packet will be a very useful tool for them. Either print out the packet or call our office to request one for your friend. It will help identify the process of ministerial training in the Wesleyan Church, give them an opportunity to enroll with our office, and will give them guidance for their future training.
I am 32 and thinking about going the Commissioned Minister route. Is this possible?
The Commissioned Minister's track for ministry requires that you must be 40 years of age or older, be a district licensed minister and have the permission of your DBMD.