Perhaps the most important areas of consideration we review when considering credentialing an applicant for membership are contained in the following ideas.
- Does the applicant’s daily life and walk provide a convincing testimony as to having been born again and contain a demonstration of a person walking in relationship with the Lord.
- Is there evidence of a authentic, specific call of God to the work of the ministry.
- Does this individual possess the God given gifting to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in an uncompromising manner, to further the Kingdom of God and see souls won for Christ and make a commitment to follow Christ in discipleship
- Candidates must demonstrate that they are empowered by the Holy Spirit and set apart by the Spirit of God for service. Full of faith, power, love, the anointing and wisdom.
- Applicants must attend church regularly and be a church member in good standing.
- Candidate must be a tither of his / her finances and a supporter of the ministry.
- Individuals must be willing to give of his / her time to the work of the ministry.
Mark 10:43-45 AMP “But this is not how it is among you; instead, whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first and most important among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
- Individuals to be credentialed must meet the standard outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 MSG. “If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, not be over fond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap.
- Anyone applying for credentials must be above reproach and of the highest moral standard.
1 Timothy 3:2 NIV “Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,”