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2007 Ministerial Credentials Information Letter

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Iowa Nazarene Ministers:
It’s Time to Renew Your Iowa District Minister’s License

I’m looking forward to hearing what God has done in your life this year when we get together for the Iowa District Ministerial Credentials and Studies Boards interviews on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at First Church of the Nazarene (4703 E. Douglas, Des Moines).

Your District Minister’s License is a one-year credential, granted through an annual application and interview. In order to renew or to apply for the first time, you need to:

A. Ask your pastor for a recommendation.

B. Request an interview time on-line or by phone by May 12.

C. Complete the attached application and email it back to me by May 12.

D. Meet us in Des Moines at your interview time on May 19th.

Simple! ABCD:

A. Ask your pastor for a recommendation

1. You must receive the recommendation of the pastor and church board of the church where you hold membership. I’ll email forms to all pastors, but you must make the request. Make it ASAP, for he/she needs time to talk to their church board.

2. Have the form mailed to me by the 12th, or bring it with you on the 19th.

3. If you are serving as a pastor, the Advisory Board will take care of this for you. No pastoral recommendation is needed in your case.

B. Reserve your interview time

1. Visit the appointments page on the web, here. Leave a comment requesting the time you want. Call me if you have no web access.

2. The sooner you sign up, the more likely you’ll get the time you want. But please be signed up by May 12.

3. If you cannot attend on May 19, please email the D.S. ASAP, requesting an exception to the interview requirement (and please copy me in).

4. If you are applying for ordination, your spouse is asked to attend, as well.

C. Complete your application form

1. Two formats are attached. Instructions (from the Gen’l Secretary’s Office):

These forms are in Adobe Acrobat and Word format. You will need one of these programs. If you are going to use Adobe Acrobat Reader (which we recommend), you will need to download the latest version to fill out the forms. The Adobe Acrobat Reader and updates are free to download from You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7, which is the latest release. You will be able to fill out the forms on the computer, and print them or e-mail them (you must use the “action” buttons at the top of the page to print or e-mail). You will not be able to save the files in Adobe. You will only be able to print the form. Please proof the form before you close the file. If you choose to use the Word format, you will be able to fill in, print, and save these files. But please remember to change the name of the file or you will lose the original form.
Navigation in the forms:

• Use the tab key or mouse to move from one field to another. (both)
• Please click in the Yes/No, Male/Female etc. check boxes. (both)
• Only Print or E-mail by using the “action” buttons on the top of the page (Adobe only)
• There are currently lines in case someone wishes to fill out the form by hand, once you type in the form the lines go away. (Word only)
• Remember to save your files under a different name, i.e. LowenbergSarah-minapp06. If you do not do this, your original form will now always be a copy of one particular minister’s information. (Word only)
• …
Do not type your name on the Signature line. [I’ll give you hard copy to sign at your interview]

2. Email your application back to me by Saturday, May 12 (or print and mail it before then.) My mailing address is Monte Asbury, 405 E. 14th St., Washington, IA 52353. My email address is (use an @ instead of the AT; I wrote it this way here so auto-spammers don’t pick it up).

3. Ordination candidates: If you feel you have met the requirements in the Manual for ordination, and wish to apply, please return both the renewal application and the ordination application. Contact Garey Miller, District Superintendent, ASAP, (<>) if you plan to apply for ordination.

D. Meet us in Des Moines on the 19th.

1. While first-time applicants and ordination candidates should expect discussion to cover a wide range of issues, this year’s conversation with renewal candidates will focus on personal life and ministry, using questions like:

a. What emotions do you recognize in yourself when you are dealing with “difficult people?”

b. How can you remain objective in the midst of a conflicting situation?

c. What is your passion? Illustrate how others might detect it.

d. What boundaries have you set for yourself with persons of the opposite sex?

e. Have you ever had a trusted friend or group to whom you have held yourself accountable? How would your feel about seeking such a person or group?

f. How would you describe your present state of grace with God?

2. Before you come, please re-read sections 400 through 438.5 (on the ministry) in the Manual.

We’ll make it, friends, and have a good time along the way. Drop me an email if you have any questions.

Looking forward to seeing you!


Monte Asbury, Secretary
Iowa District Board of Ministerial Credentials

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Written by Monte

May 2, 2007 at 10:36 pm

Posted in IDMCB Archive

3 Responses

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  1. Monte, In a moment of frustration I lost my temper. It is just that when Jesus was here the first time no one believed him. To prove their point that he was nothing but a liar they nailed him to a cross. Now it is my opinion that if Jesus did come back no one would believe it. Jesus was a liar the first time and if he comes back again it will be more lies. Someone will nail him to a cross again. For some reason I had a strong feeling that you thought I was lying. I forgive you for that and forgive me for going off on you. It is just that people haven’t changed at all over the past thousand or two years. It is your site you can erase what God had to say to me. I did not give you proof that it was from God so you should doubt me. Now if you think that First is Last and Last is First has a different meaning that is up to you. Frankly this is not an issue with me. The meaning of First is Last is God’s issue not mine. This is the last time I will write on your site. Forgive me for my bad temper. Melanie Stephan

    Melanie Stephan

    June 22, 2007 at 8:49 am

  2. Yes, Melanie, you wrote it, and I left it up for quite a while. But there were two problems with it.

    First, it wasn’t about the topics I or my readers were discussing. Second, you wrote and wrote and wrote!

    Those are fine things for you to do on your own blog, but to overwhelm someone else’s with so many large off-topic comments is a little rude.

    I will take them down when they aren’t on-topic and when they dominate the discussion, for that isn’t fair to me or my readers.


    June 19, 2007 at 12:07 pm

  3. Monte, I am a little concerned. I wrote about Gods issue on the meaning of First is Last and Last is First on this site. I can’t find it anywhere. You would think that what God had to say recently would be important? Now there is all kinds of other information. But not what God had to say. I would think that Gods biggest issue would be at the top of the page here. I would like you to know that God does exist. Being a priest is not just a job to do in order to make a living. God is very real. Believing in God is not some kind of ritual to perform because it’s the custom to do so. Know what else I think: If God or Jesus has not talked to you, you do not have the authority to speak for him. Though your words may sound good they are not Gods words. Now God talked to me. I can tell what he said without changing or twisting his words. Now if you can’t talk about the true meaning of First is Last, say nothing. Yes, I am mad. So is God. Melanie Stephan

    Melanie Stephan

    June 19, 2007 at 10:32 am

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