What is the difference between Ordaining and Licensing a Minister?
is a good question and often very misunderstood. The decision to
ordain or license clergy is mainly up to each individual church,
ministry or denomination. In most cases Ordination gives the person
broad authority to do all Christian services. However, again, it is up
to the individual church, ministry or denomination to decide how much
authority they are giving the person they ordain. There are no laws
about the authority given by ordination or licensing, that is up the
the church, ministry or denomination. The government is not involved in
the ordaining or licensing of ministers or clergy. Also, there is no
central data base of all ordained or licensed clergy in the USA.
is very much the same. The church, ministry or denomination just
like to use a different word for reasons of their own.
We, World Christianship Ministries, use both terms on your Ordination Certificate (Note this wording underneath where it says, Certificate of Ordination in the example below).