Worldwide Evangelism does not have an official institution for training individuals for ordination. However, individuals ordained by WE attend many of the seminaries available in the United States. WE grants ministerial credentials to an individual after first examining the applicant’s background, moral and religious character, and education the applicant has undertaken.
Worldwide Evangelism has three levels of ministerial credentials:
- Ordained Minister – in order to be ordained by Worldwide Evangelism, an applicant must have a proven ministry and have demonstrated clear evidence of God’s ordination and calling on his life. The applicant must also be active in ministry. An Ordained Minister has all of the rights and privileges attending his calling in accordance with the laws of the state of the minister’s residence.
- Licensed Minister – this status is granted to allow an applicant to prove his God-ordained ministry prior to ordination. A Licensed Minister has all of the rights and privileges attending his calling in accordance with the laws of the state of the minister’s residence.
- Lay Minister – this status is granted to an applicant who is active in a supportive role in the ministry. Examples of Lay Ministers are: youth leaders, lay counselors, lay chaplains, and personal evangelists. Lay Ministers are not considered “ordained” for purposes of the Internal Revenue Code.
To become a member of WE:
- You must complete and submit an application for membership along with a non-refundable $50.00 application fee. Membership fees for remainder of membership year in which you apply will be pro-rated.
- You must be recommended by a WE member in good standing who will need to submit a personal reference form on your behalf.
- You must be ordained, licensed, or commissioned by a local church and provide documentation.
- Be interviewed by a WE Regional Presbyter.
To become an ordained minister with WE: Any change in level of ministerial service can only be made with a written recommendation, blessing, and authorization of a local church of like faith and purpose to WE.
- You must be a WE member in good standing for no less than one year.
- You must have the blessings of your local church with a WE representative present. This service may take place in a local church of like faith and purpose to WE.
- You must submit a request for ordination and go through an interview with members of the presbytry.
Yes, WE is an Association of Churches exempt from Federal Tax as described in section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
No, your ministry will need to obtain its own exemption status.
Yes, there is a non-refundable $50.00 application fee for membership. Afterward, the annual membership dues are $200.00 for licensed or ordained minister ($300 for married couples-members) and $100.00 for a lay minister.