Ministerial Credentials

3The Evangelical Christian Churches, welcomes inquiries from ministers, ministries and churches wishing to unite with us and from those seeking ministerial credentials in a Christ-centered, Biblically sound church/association. Ordination is by transfer from another evangelical denomination or fellowship, or by the “laying on of hands” in a local ceremony. Evangical Christian Church ministers are pioneers in the creation of local ministries relevant to their specific calling. Many build local base communities for worship and fellowship. You are cordially invited to contact Dr. Malcolm Patterson, the Presiding Minister and Bishop General Through the DMI headquarters in Texas. for more information, or to submit an Application for Ministerial Credentials

The Evangelical Christian Church only accepts ministerial credentials from respected, recognized organizations or denominations for transfer, and credentials purchased from mail order firms will not be accepted.”

SPECIALIZED LICENSE – Many are called to specialized ministry and wish their license or ordination certificate to state such. We license and ordain: Choir Directors, Education Directors, Musicians, Missionaries, local and foreign, and Church Mothers. The License or Ordination Certificate shall read as an example, “Minister of Music,” or “Minister of Education,” Etc. The Specialized License has five requirements. (1) He or she shall have a call of God on his or her life, (2) Candidate must be 19 years of age; (3) Be recommended by three persons, (4) One must be actively involved in a local church; and, (5) The candidate must agree to the giving plan as set forth by the Bishops of the church and promote Dayspring Ministries International, ECC and AEC.

LOCAL AND DISTRICT MINISTER – This credential is granted to a person who feels called of God to work for Him in some specific field, such as Bible teacher, Chistian counselor, evangelist or pastor. This credential places a person under a local pastor’s authority for a period of no less than 12 months to learn about ministry and accountability. The Local and District Minister has five requirements. (1) One must have a calling of God on her or his life; (2) Must be 19 years of age; (3) Living a consistent Christian life; (4) He or she will have experienced the fullness of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) with the evidence of gifts for ministry (1 Cor. 12:4-10, 28); (5) The candidate must agree to the giving plan as set forth by the Bishops of the church and promote Dayspring Ministries International, ECC and AEC.

LICENSED MINISTER – This credential is granted to a person who is called of God and wants to step up to a higher order. With a license one is authorized to preach, perform holy matrimony, baptize, serve the Lord’s Supper, exhort, confirm, and practice any biblical and religious activity pertaining to the office of Minister of the Gospel, in accordance with respective ordinances of residence. There are three requirements for License to Preach. (1) The Candidate Must be 21 years of age; (2) She or he should have experienced the fullness of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) with the evidence of gifts for ministry; (3) The candidate must agree to the giving plan as set forth by the Bishops of the church and promote Dayspring Ministries International, ECC and AEC.

ORDAINED MINISTER – This credential is granted to a person who has prepared himself or herself for a lifetime of ministry. She or He is certified and authorized to preach, perform marriages, baptize, bury the dead, teach, confirm, serve the Lord’s Supper to the congregation. Ordination has four requirements. (1) The Candidate must be 23 years of age; (2) The candidate must be ready to commit his or her life to God’s calling until He shall come again. (3) She or He will have experienced the fullness of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) with the evidence of gifts for ministry; (4) The candidate must agree to the giving plan as set forth by the Bishops of the church and promote Dayspring Ministries International, ECC and AEC.

Basic Qualifications

The following qualifications pertain to all applicants for ministerial recognition:

A thorough understanding of and agreement with the doctrinal position of Dayspring/ECC & AEC as contained in the seven (7) Articles of Faith.

A satisfactory working knowledge of the principles, practices and purposes of the Fellowship through a study of the entities of Dayspring Ministries International and their Constitutions and By-Laws. These include, The Evangelical Christian Church, The Association of Evangelical Clergy, The American Association of Christian Therapists, The International College of Christian Therapy.

An active loyalty to the constitutional agreements, a cooperative spirit and a readiness to seek and receive the counsel of those in positions of authority.

The same spiritual qualifications shall be expected of the spouse of those seeking credentials. The Christian lifestyle of the spouse shall be compatible with the standards of the ministry.

Proper Motives

A candidate should be certain that motives are proper in applying for the recognition of Dayspring Ministries International. A ministry appointed by the Holy Spirit will prove to be the best credential one can have.

Dayspring, ECC and AEC are founded on the principles of voluntary cooperation. Every applicant ought to feel that the organization of Dayspring/ECC & AEC is the fellowship into which God has called them. They are to be one with these people and adhere to the same tenets of faith, principles, purposes and practices as those they now join. They must be one who is committed to the fellowship, willing to not only share in its privilege and blessing, but to cooperate with its ministries. They must be guided by, and when necessary, accept the discipline and direction of its leadership

Making Application For Credentials

Contact the ministries office for a Preliminary Application or print one from the web page. Upon receipt of your application you will be called for a phone or personal interview.

Subject to compliance with criteria for eligibility, You may fill out an application from our web page or an application will be mailed to you by the Ministries Secretary. Return the completed application, other pertinent forms, recent photo and filing fee with check made payable to Dayspring Ministries International,P.O. Box 863, Brookhaven, MS 39602