certified License 

A leadership level ministerial license that provides eligibility to serve as a lead pastor or other ministry leader. All course requirements can be completed online.

Competency Requirements Courses
Bible Knowledge & Interpretation Digital Course in Old Testament (IGBC - Level 1)
Digital Course in New Testament (IGBC - Level 1)
• Hermeneutics (Acquire)
Spiritual Formation Coaching
Theological Alignment None – if previously satisfactorily completed
Missional Passion Custom-prescribed
Open Bible Orientation None – if previously completed
Leadership Skills • Digital Course in Practical Ministry - Part 1 (IGBC - Level 2)
• Digital Course in Practical Ministry - Part 2 (IGBC - Level 2)
Communication Skills
  • Homiletics (Acquire), plus custom-prescribed
Personalized Training


Substantial ministry experience and seasoning that demonstrate competencies in Leadership Skills and Communication Skills can be considered in lieu of some studies. Ministry and other leadership experience should be significant (3 years, or more), fruitful, and relevant to ministry in order to be applied toward an Open Bible ministerial credential in lieu of courses. Consideration of ministry experience must be the result of a validation of demonstrated competencies, not merely an accumulation of years. A Certified Ministerial License is renewed annually, subject to continued faithfulness to requirements.

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