Local Licence

Local Licence holders function as extensions of their Local Church’s ministry to its community.

The sphere of ministry of those who hold a Local Licence is to be determined by the pastor under whose direction they are working. Such ministries may include Prison Ministry, Hospital Visitation, Nursing Home Ministry, Small group leadership, etc. which are all an extension of a local church. Local license holders may fulfill all ministerial duties presented by the local church with the exception of the solemnization of marriage.

All applicants seeking a local license must meet the following qualifications:

  • All applicants must be 17 years of age or older.
  • All applicants must give assent to the bylaws, policies, and prescribed Confession of Faith of Anchor Ministerial Fellowship.
  • All applicants must submit a completed application including three character references and a signed sponsor form.
  • All applicants must provide a current and original copy of a level 2 police record check. Online service to obtain record checks will be sent from the Anchor office upon reception of the completed application.
  • All applicants shall agree to an interview if deemed necessary by the Credential Committee.

Application Fee

All applicants must submit a one-time fee of $95 to process their application.

Please note: the Application Fee is separate from the annual Licensing Fee.

Local Licence Fee

The annual renewal fee for local license holders is $250.

Please note: New applicants granted a local license between January 1 and April 30 of the current calendar year will pay the full fee. Applicants granted a local license between May 1 and September 30 both pay prorated fees for the number of months remaining in the current calendar year. Applicants granted a local license from October 1 until December 31 will pay the full fee and have the expiry date on their credential extended to the end of the following year.

Local License holders who aspire to seek ordination must (at minimum) continue evidence growth in the ministry and remain in good standing and regular communication with their sponsor before being recommended for ordination. Those meeting these qualifications and who seek to pursue ordination do not need to complete a new application but rather must simply write a letter of intent and submit to info@anchorministerial.org.  Upon receiving such a letter, the credential committee will meet with the applicant for credential upgrading and will make any recommendations or responses and will submit to the Board of Directors for the final decision.

Any questions related to the local license can be directed to info@anchorministerial.org.