The free Certificate Template - Certificate of License is available to download and print for your church administrative office, Human Resources Department, etc. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at your convenience.
What is a Certificate of License?
This certificate is a way for your church and/or organization to make a minister official verifying their official status as an ordained and licensed minister. Some churches have an official gold seal that they add to their Certificate of License but the gold seal is not included with this free certificate.
The Certificate of License below includes this statement: "This is to certify [Minister's Name] who has given evidence that God has called him into The Gospel Ministry was licensed to preach the Gospel as he may have opportunity, and to exercise his gifts in the work of the Ministry."
Each individual church establishes it's own policies and procedures or guidelines for Church Ordination and License for Ministry. As a rule, each local church determines who they will ordain or license.
What is different between Ordained or Licensed? The difference between licensed and ordained ministers vary by the religious organizations that issue these credentials. In some organizations, ministerial licensing could be the first step in path to full ordination. In another instance, ministerial licensing can also be a way for a denomination to sanction the ministry of a person who doesn't meet it's ordination credentials, but they are very much engaged in an active ministry.
You can minimize these certificates if you prefer to have the capacity to fit in the minister's billfold for proof of a minister's license.
Remember to select the correct type of paper before printing the Certificate of License. Always make sure the weight and color are exactly what you want. Choosing thick, high quality paper or card stock paper that you can actually purchase from your local supply store or craft store is the best choice.
Choosing the color for your certificate paper is also important. I would recommend a nice neutral shade of cream or off-white. There are many colors and types of paper, but I would suggest to stay away from anything too distracting (bright colors or graphics) for the free certificate template below.