The Church is God’s instrument to reach the lost. In the Book of Acts we read about the infant Church empowered and impassioned to complete the Great Commission. In obedience to Jesus’ command, we in The Alliance pour our passion and resources into developing healthy, vibrant, Great Commission communities of faith in the United States and around the world.
Explore service opportunities and learn about the credentialing process. If you are new to The Alliance, this is where to start.
If you are already an accredited/credentialed Alliance official worker or ordained in another denomination, begin your search here.
Steps to Serving with The Alliance
If you sense God is leading you to serve with The Alliance, we welcome you to take the next step in exploring a relationship with us.
Connect with The Alliance
- Get to know our values, people, and mission. If you are drawn to an Alliance district, feel free to contact the district office or our Candidate Development Office with your questions.
- If you’d like to know more about serving with us, take a few minutes to fill out the Next Steps form so we can get to know you.
Discovery and Development
- After you complete the Next Steps form, someone from the C&MA will connect you with our Candidate Development Office (CDO) or an Alliance district office. If it is the CDO, the representative in your area will contact you.
- During your first meeting with the candidate developer, you will be asked to share your story, ministry dreams, and calling, after which we will identify a coach who can help you create a Personal Growth Plan to prepare you for ministry. Your plan and coaching relationship will focus on the Five Core Characteristics of an Alliance worker. Depending on where you are in your training and life experience, this process can take from a week to a few years.
When you are ready and we’ve received a solid pastoral recommendation from your church, you will fill out the Application for Alliance Ministry online to begin the formal process of candidate accreditation. This entails completing a personal and a doctrinal questionnaire, submitting character references, taking a biblical knowledge exam, and completing several additional forms, depending upon your area of ministry interest.
You can work on the application over several weeks or at a more gradual pace during the summer or school year. The Doctrinal Questionnaire is the most challenging part of the application, but it’s a great way to clarify what you believe as you prepare to become an Alliance Worker.
After completing the application, you will undergo a two-hour accreditation interview with Alliance staff. Again, the focus will be on your development in the Five Core Characteristics of an Alliance worker. We will review with you the Qualifications for Alliance ministry, per Section E-3 in the Alliance Manual, while confirming and recommending next steps in your spiritual leadership journey. (Note: Although not everyone is approved for vocational service with the C&MA, our desire is to help you find a good fit in accomplishing God’s work.)
If you are accredited, your candidate developer will walk you through the Alliance Ministry Placement process, helping you to identify a role and place of service in the United States or overseas, based on your interest, calling, and skills. (If you are accredited as an international candidate, you will work directly with the International Ministries candidate staff.) If you are interested in U.S. ministry, we will connect you with our district offices. Once you are called to an Alliance church, the district will issue you a provisional license and you will begin the Church Worker License, Ordination, or Consecration process.
Placement in an Alliance Ministry
Before you can candidate at an Alliance church you must be accredited or credentialed within the Alliance. Upon accreditation, contact a district superintendent to let them know of your interest in serving within their district. Here are the next steps:
- Review a list of Current U.S. Openings
- Follow the instructions for application on each listing
- Districts and churches have varying candidating processes. If you have questions related to these processes, please contact the appropriate district office or the Candidate Development Office for details.
If you are ordained in another denomination and would like to explore serving with The Alliance, start here.
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