Credentialing in the Covenant Church


The Evangelical Covenant Church maintains high standards for its ministerial credentials, recognizing that those who are called and gifted to serve in vocational ministry are trusted with sacred responsibilities. We strongly believe that the call to such ministry is discerned not only individually, but corporately. Credentialing is reserved for those who, by demonstration of character and gifts and by virtue of place of service, require credentials in order to perform pastoral ministry.

Membership in a Covenant Church and a call to a Covenant Church or approved ministry are required in order to pursue a ministerial credential.

There are two types of credentials:
• Annually Renewable Licenses
• Permanent Credentials

More information is available on the Covenant website Credentialing – The Evangelical Covenant Church (

Contact Cheryl Theilen at the Northwest Conference office with your questions or to begin the process.