At UECA you will often hear us say: Membership matters! We believe in church membership because we believe it is a concept that is biblically rooted and enormously important for the health of the church. As stated in our core values, according to the Bible, church membership is a commitment every Christian should make to attend, love, serve, and submit to a body of Christ. (local church)
Why is church membership important?
Biblical church membership is important because the church presents God’s witness to himself in the world. It displays his glory. In the church’s membership, then, non-Christians should see in the lives of God’s changed people that God is holy and gracious and that his gospel is powerful for saving and transforming sinners.
If you are interested in learning more about church membership in general, or considering membership with UECA Fellowship, you can email ministry office: firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can request to have one of our membership staff to call you.
We also would love to have you participate in one of our Fellowship Center: Connect365 Resource Center, upcoming events, biblical classes, etc. There is no obligation to join our church. You can learn more about what the Bible teaches about church membership, and specifically about becoming a member of UECA Fellowship.
We are called into services by God to provide spiritual network, to equip, educate, encourage, empower, and endorse the servants of Christ, but also establish a strong network of men and women of the Kingdom of God moving forward in helping others change their lives for the better.
Ministries Leadership Certifications
Many people ask the question concerning the distinctions between lay-ministers, licensed and ordained ministers, which one must understand that it vary by the religious organizations that issue these credentials. In some organizations, ministerial certifications of lay-ministers and license ministers may be an initial step in the path to full ordination. Lay-Minister certifications is a way for any or all denomination to sanction the ministry of someone who does not have the training or experiences to become a license minister or a full ordain minister and the credentials that is needed, but who is nonetheless engaged in an active ministry in a local church, outreach or faith base organization.
Reasons for Distinction
The reasons for making distinctions between the 3 also may vary by denomination. In some denominations, seminary students or candidates for ministerial accreditations & credential must first undergo a probationary period as a lay-minister or a licensed minister. Another reason why a denomination might grant lay-minister credentials and/or license minister credentials is to address a lack of trained clergy in a specific geographical area. These denominations active laypeople who lack ministerial education to serve as license, ordained, and/or pastors of congregations. UECA Inc. strive to train and educate each individual through the process so one can be effective, and be able to work in different fields of ministries, and other denominations so one can achieve their goal of becoming a license or ordain ministers, while providing accountability and support in order to perform specific ministries duties, leadership or within full or part-time basis as a Pastoral leader.
Differing Levels of Ministers
Even though some denominations may restrict the activities of a lay-minister or licensed minister to performing certain clergy duties, such as preaching, while not permitting him to officiate at weddings or funerals. Other denominations may allow licensed ministers to perform any rite or sacrament, but only within a local church. UECA Inc. train ministers in all area’s, so when the time come they will be prepared and is able to perform their duties correctly and effectively to ensure a positive outcome.
Education and Training
In partnership & fellowship with the Alliances for Christian Training & Seminary (ACTS Biblical Institute & Theology), we set out to establish a in-depth training course, educational standards, and internship for all individuals who are working toward in becoming a licensed ministers and ordained ministers. In process of being a member of UECA Inc, we consider all our members as part of the lay-ministers position, sharing different aspect of serving God through the method of discussions, biblical studies, audio and video sermons. This grants each individual the opportunity to truly know if their heart is following the right path.
In the process of doing so, it is important for those who are seeking certifications must obtain their certificate of lay-minister accreditations through our self-study program, student discussion group, and a one on one counseling session with one of our mentors. In order to obtain certification from UECA, it is require that each individual maintain a good standing progress, be involved within their church, outreach or faith base organization, and continue to share their progress with their spiritual mentor.
Once approved to move forward into the studies of license or ordained minister, they will attend all required course work and studies that is taught through ACTS Biblical Institute & Theology, as well as attending required discussion groups and/or clergy meeting in order to obtain a full outline of being a effective minister within their community.
Those working toward their ordination certification requirements are more advanced, and is more involved within programs, internship, and community advocacy projects within the study program, this is a important standard, which continue to allow our credentials and accreditations to be accepted by many different churches, outreach ministries and faith base organizations. We will not have it any other way, for we take our duties and spiritual calling very seriously, and we want those attending educational program to do the same.
Many of our ordained ministers have step forward and obtain their accreditation within our “National Leadership Conference for Christian Chaplains, Counselors & Ordain Ministers Inc. project, and is now also teaching up and coming ministers of today. This level of accreditation requires ordained ministers to complete a sequence of seminary-level courses and attend our theology educational programs specifically for those seeking to work in the field of Christian Counseling, Chaplains, and Pastoral Formation.
Molding believers, influencing the world
Lay-Ministers are individuals who has come forth and have answered the call of ministry within their lives, and yet need the education, encouragement, and enlightment to achieve their goals in the ministry field of their calling. Lay-Ministers are given to those who has never had any form of ministerial training or experiences as a ministers.
Inspiring Others As Christ Inspired Us
Licensed ministers are responsible for conducting the worship ceremonies in Christian congregations, outreach ministries and/or faith base organization. Such individuals are recognized to carry out baptisms, counseling groups, bible studies, and other rituals that may have religious significance. They also provide pastoral care to the people in their congregations and communities. Being depended upon by church members for faith-related guidance and seeing their congregants, family member, friends etc; blossoming spiritually.
Spreading The Word In Faith
Ordination is the acknowledgement by a community of believers that a individual has been called into ministry, accompanied by their commission to advance the cause of Christ love. In our case, individuals ordained within UECA fellowship are commissioned by our elders committee. The meaning of “Ordained Ministers” if define in the terms of: “To Appoint One To Serve, or Appointed Servant”. Why is this important? For 2 reasons: 1) “He who is greatest among you shall be your servant (Mat 23:11-12), 2) The ministers of UECA fellowship and of our Fathers Kingdom is a servant, and they shall lead by serving, even as our Lord did when he washed his disciples feet.