Men and women who are pursuing Ordination or Consecration within the Christian and Missionary Alliance are required to complete several courses of study as part of their preparation.

These courses are available here through the Alliance Center for Leadership Development. Additionally, ministry professionals within the Christian and Missionary Alliance may need certain certifications for their ministry. Below are also courses that may be taken in order to be certified in various areas of ministry.

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The following courses are designed to meet specific requirements for Licensure, Ordination, and Consecration within the Christian and Missionary Alliance. All courses are accepted in every District within the C&MA and a record of completion is sent to each student’s individual District by way of record keeping.

The Bible Knowledge Exam

The Bible Knowledge Exam (BKE) is an assessment of your biblical awareness and understanding. It verifies your mastery of scripture and understanding of key people, places, and events in the Bible. This exam is required for anyone who is applying to serve as an official licensed worker with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The BKE is available in English and Spanish.

The Bible Knowledge Exam is:

  • timed – you have 25 minutes to complete the 50 questions
  • closed-book – you cannot use your Bible or other materials as a reference
  • graded – ministry candidates need to achieve 80% correct prior to their approval for licensed ministry in the C&MA
  • repeatable – you have up to three attempts to pass the exam

This exam is a 50 question timed exam which can be taken up to 3 times with the highest grade being recorded. The cost of this exam is $25.00. Grades are sent to the Office of Candidate Recruitment for the C&MA and shared with local Districts as appropriate.

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Understanding the Alliance: Alliance History and Polity (SOM 304)

The Christian and Missionary Alliance is an Acts 1:8 movement seeking to bring the whole Gospel to the whole world. This course is designed to help students understand the distinct approach of the Alliance as it relates to church governance, polity, and organization.

This course is a 6-week cohort-based course with courses being offered on a regular basis. The cost of this course is $210.00. This course satisfies the Ordination/Consecration requirement for a course of study in Alliance Polity. Graduation information is shared with the local District for each student.

Polity Course Upcoming Start Dates:
8/23/21
10/11/21
11/29/21

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The Mission of God and the Alliance Family (SOM 105)

Throughout history, God has had one, all-encompassing mission. This mission has driven all He has done from Creation to the Cross. The Mission is a course designed to help us discover and immerse ourselves in the single task God has given to those who follow Jesus Christ. This class is seven weeks long and introduces students to the topics of missiology and Alliance mission distinctives.

This course is a 6-week cohort-based course with courses being offered on a regular basis. The cost of this course is $210.00. This course satisfies the Ordination/Consecration requirement for a course of study in Alliance Missions. Graduation information is shared with the local District for each student.

Missions Course Upcoming Start Dates:
8/23/21
11/29/21

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Organizational Dynamics: Change, Power, and Conflict in the Church (SOM 305)

Every church will experience change and conflict. Ministry leaders must be prepared to navigate these issues well in order to stay on mission. This course is designed to help students understand how to lead through the change process. It is also designed to help students understand how to biblically navigate conflict. Finally, this course looks at an issue related to both change and conflict, the issue of power.

This course is a 6-unit self-directed course. Students may begin this course at any time and have 6 months to complete their work. The cost of this course is $210.00. This course provides Level 1 Peacemaking Certification which is a requirement for the Ordination/Consecration process. Graduation information is shared with the local District for each student.

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Building Blocks of the Local Church: Evangelism and Leadership Development (SOM 303)

For the Kingdom to advance, the lost must be reached and leaders must be developed. This course is a study of the principles necessary to recruit, equip, maintain, and motivate people in spiritual leadership in organizations and churches in a team setting. Included in the content will be biblical models of evangelism, leadership development, recruiting, various equipping venues for leadership development, and a focus on team building in your church.

This course is a 6-unit self-directed course. Students may begin this course at any time and have 6 months to complete their work. The cost of this course is $210.00. This course satisfies the Ordination/Consecration requirement for a course of study in Evangelism. Graduation information is shared with the local District for each student.

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Alliance Transitional Minister Certification - Coming soon!

The Alliance Transitional Minister Certification (ATMC) is a program that certifies credentialed ministry leaders within the C&MA to serve as Transitional Pastors for churches who are going through change. This program will prepare you to serve as a qualified interim pastor within the Alliance Transitional Ministers Network.

This course is a self-directed course. Students may begin this course at any time and have 6 months to complete their work. The cost of this course is $210.00. Graduation information is shared with the Office of Church Advancement which oversees the Alliance Transitional Ministers Network.

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Alliance Peacemaking Level 1

Every church will experience change and conflict. Ministry leaders must be prepared to navigate these issues well in order to stay on mission. This course is designed to help students understand how to lead through the change process. It is also designed to help students understand how to biblically navigate conflict. Finally, this course looks at an issue related to both change and conflict, the issue of power.

This course is a 6-unit self-directed course. Students may begin this course at any time and have 6 months to complete their work. The cost of this course is $210.00. This course provides Level 1 Peacemaking Certification which is a requirement for the Ordination/Consecration process. Graduation information is shared with the local District for each student.

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