From the GRR's Ministerial Standards and Policies

Affirming God's Call through...


Churches may license individuals for a variety of reasons.

For example, licensure may affirm a specialized kind of ministry (home visitation, children’s ministry, etc) or be part of sending a student to seminary.

However, the Great Rivers Region does not treat licensure as a necessary pre-requisite f1r ordination.

Likewise, there are circumstances in which a “commission” rather than an ordination or license may be appropriate (e.g., a short-term mission trip). (Ministerial Standing, Policies and Procedures adopted by the GRR Ministry Board, October 2004)