Ministerial Credentials & Church Charters
Ephesians Four Network of Churches & Ministers is the ministerial credentialing organization, also known as Ephesians Four Network. We offer the following types of general ministerial credentials:
- Christian Worker Certificate
- Commission To Preach
- Ministerial License
- Ministerial Ordination
One of the distinctives for holding credentials with the EFN is that we believe in, recognize, and promote the function of all five of the Fivefold Ministry Offices — apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Eph. 4:11).
We are a non-hierarchical, non-authoritarian fellowship; i.e., we do not assume or exercise any sort of authority over our ministers or the churches/ministries they lead. Credentialed ministers maintain complete autonomy over their churches/ministries. We do expect ministers holding credentials with the EFN to conduct themselves and their ministry endeavors according to the highest standards of conduct in accordance with Scripture.
We do not require exclusivity for credentials, meaning you may hold simultaneous credentials with EFN as well as other fellowships/associations/denominations.
For US members, ministerial credentials at both the licensed and ordination level automatically grants you tax-exempt status with the IRS for income derived from ministerial duties and functions. However, this statement is not intend to be any form of legal advice, and we recommend you consult with a CPA, attorney, or other tax consultant for more specific legal/tax advice.
If you would like to obtain one of these types of general ministerial credentials with the Ephesians Four Network, please download and complete the following application in accordance with the instructions on the application.
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Fivefold & Bishop Credentials:
As stated above, one of the primary distinctives that distinguish us from other ministerial fellowships is that we believe in, recognize, and promote the function of all five of the Fivefold Ministry Offices — apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Eph. 4:11). We ordain church leaders to the specific Fivefold Ministry Office (function) to which they have an affirmed calling and have been functioning in for at least three years, as attested to by at least two other ordained ministers. Additionally, we also recognize the function or role of “Bishop” as an ecclesiastical organizational function/role, defined as an apostle who functions as an overseer/shepherd/elder/mentor serving other Fivefold Ministers in the role of a mentor/coach/trainer, and consecrate as bishops/overseers Fivefold Ministers who have an affirmed calling to the function of bishop/overseer and have been functioning in that role for at least five years, as attested to by at least two other bishops. (Note: We regard the role of bishop or overseer as strictly an administrative function in the natural realm that is merely recognized, as opposed to imparted, by men, viz-a-viz, an appointment or anointing of/by the Spirit or Christ as the Head of the Church, as it is regarded by some. We do not believe in so-called “apostolic succession,” nor that such a natural historical lineage, even if it could be conclusively proven, which severely strains credulity, would bear any spiritual efficacy whatsoever. Scripture teaches that it is the Fivefold Ministry Giftings [Eph. 4:11] that Christ “gave” as “[spiritual] gifts to men,” “When He ascended on High” [Eph. 4:8]. Nowhere in Scripture is the office of bishop recognized or delineated as a spiritual gifting imparted by Christ or the Holy Spirit. Rather, we see it simply as a term that is synonymous/interchangeable with “shepherd” and “elder,” Scripturally speaking [cf., Ac. 20:17-28; 1 Pet. 5:1,2; et al]. Whereas, the Fivefold Ministry Offices are functions Christ did impart unto certain men of His election for the spiritual construction and instruction of the Church He is building (Mat. 16:18). Please read this article for further explanation of our view regarding this matter.)
If you would like to be recognized and ordained specifically to one of the Fivefold Ministry Offices (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher) or consecrated as a bishop with the Ephesians Four Network, please download and complete the following application in accordance with the instructions on the application.
[See note above regarding opening/downloading document.]
Establishing an affiliated EFN-chartered local church:
Under the tax-exempt church status under which we are organized, we are authorized to charter affiliated churches that:
- automatically share the same tax-exempt status as the “mother church”;
- do not require incorporating in any state as a non-profit corporation and thus are not “creatures of the state,” as are state-incorporated churches/ministries established under IRC 501(c)(3), that are therefore subject to all rules, regulations, and laws applicable to same;
- do not require application to the IRS for tax-exempt status under the provisions of IRC 501(c)(3);
- are exempt from filing any annual reports/forms to the IRS;
- do not require a board of directors for governance of the organization, as do state-incorporated 501(c)(3) organizations;
- are completely autonomous, under the direction of the appointed leadership and polity of the church;
- are totally exempt from politically-related restrictions to which 501(c)(3) organizations are subject;
- and, are authorized to conduct all lawful business functions and operations as is any non-profit corporation, including soliciting and receiving donations, opening and maintaining bank/saving/merchant accounts, obtaining loans, acquiring and selling assets and real estate, etc.
If you are interested in obtaining a local church charter under the auspices of the Ephesians Four Network, please go to the Registration Page, complete the registration form and be sure to click on the check-box that says, “I am interested in chartering an affiliated local church,” and submit the form. When we receive the form, we will send you the information regarding the process for establishing an affiliated local church.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING DONATIONS FOR CREDENTIALS: Please use the PayPal® button on the right sidebar to make a donation for ministry credentials (initial and renewals) using a credit or debit card, per the schedule of requested donations delineated on the application. Using the PayPal® gateway for electronic payments does not require that you have a PayPal® account.
MEMBERS: CLICK HERE to download the Member Record Annual Report PDF. You can complete it and scan or take a photo of it and attach it to an email to us, or you can snail-mail it.