IFM is an international network of relational kingdom leaders that provide legal licensing, ordination, credentials, and non-profit status to some of the most innovative and passionate emerging leaders in ministry; including market-place ministers, missionaries, bi-vocational counselors and full-time ministers.
The basic requirements for ordination are based on relationship with IFM so we “know” you, your ministry calling, your commitment to the Lord, etc. Thus, those who have not been ordained by another organization are required to be a member of IFM for at least one year before applying for ordination. Ordination is for those who are recognized leaders in a ministry either inside or outside of the church. We recognize the fact that it is really God who calls and ordains His people for His work. We simply come into agreement with Him and facilitate the process with the laying on of hands and prophetic presbytery by IFM board members and other invited leaders with strong prophetic gifting at our annual conference. In the world system a person who is ordained seems to carry a higher level of credentialed status even though a licensed person can normally perform the same functions as an ordained minister. Spiritually, there does seem to be an additional level of anointing released with ordination. We realize also that some that would like to join with us have already been ordained. We recognize that many ordaining bodies exist and seek to honor and acknowledge all valid ordinations. The ordination process is similar to that for licensing. An application form is filled out and three references are required. Once all of these forms are completed and in our office they are submitted to a Credentials Committee as well as our Board members for their review. Ordained Members are required to annually fill out a ministry report describing their work from the the previous year and their plans for the upcoming year.
We believe that ordination is:
A Recognition of a Calling
- Ordination involves recognition of the calling of God on an individual’s life. When a group of peers confirms the calling in a public ceremony this is referred to as ordination.
A Setting apart for Service
- As the priests of the Old Covenant were ordained they were set apart for service. Ordination is a public recognition of entering into the calling on the individual’s life. It is an acceptance and affirmation of the individual in their place in the Body of Christ.
A Transference of Anointing
- Anointing is transferable. The common way to do that is by the laying on of hands. Elders (5-fold ministry) can call upon God to transfer anointing to the person being ordained. Groups can carry a transferable anointing which can be imparted to those who submit to the authority of these leaders.
A Preparation for Warfare
- The laying on of hands and prophecy help give courage to wage effective spiritual warfare. When the pressures of life come against the calling and ministry, we can recall the prophetic words and affirmations from other ministers to encourage us to stay the course.
associate & partner members
These are members of the Body of Christ who are not necessarily called to full time ministry, yet desire to partner with IFM. IFM Associate Ministers/Partners share the heart and vision of the IFM and choose to support IFM in prayer, finances, and attending IFM functions, but do not feel the need to be licensed or ordained ministers, or become charter members. These individuals, churches or ministries can choose to become IFM Associate Ministers/Partners. IFM associate Ministers/Partners are invited to all conferences sponsored by IFM and receive all mailings sent to our members.
This level of membership is for those who require credentials to perform marriages and burials, and/or those needing access to prisons, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. Some states require ordination rather than licensing to perform these functions. In addition many of those who minister in healing rooms choose to be licensed. Licensed members include those who are in full-time or part-time ministry in churches, in ministries that operate outside the church, as well as those who are involved in market-place ministry. Licensing with IFM involves an application process. This process requires recommendations from a pastor, a fellow minister, and a personal friend. It also requires the filling out of an application form detailing information about the applicant’s background, ministry experience, and spiritual journey. Once all of these forms are complete and in our office they are submitted to a Credentials Committee for review. Licensed Members are required to annually fill out a ministry report describing their work from the the previous year and their plans for the upcoming year. Applicants may be members of other organizations and denominations and at the same time be a part of IFM.
Licensed or ordained ministers may desire to be chartered under IFM. We are legally able to provide IRS 501c3 status for churches and ministries that would like to obtain this status under our covering. To be eligible for an IFM Charter, an IFM member must first register their ministry name and become a non-profit corporation in his/her state. The application process includes appropriate paperwork for our records and the necessary IRS paperwork that is required for consideration of charter status. We provide sample forms from other ministries who are chartered under IFM to help applicants fill out all the necessary forms. Normally this application process takes about 3-4 months. When the application process is complete, the IRS is notified and the member receives their Certificate of Charter. The chartered member can now legally give out tax receipts for donations given to their ministry, according to the rules governing 501c3 organizations. There is really no need for a person to receive a charter if they are not receiving funds or donations. Charter members are required to submit a ministry report annually describing their work over the previous year. They also submit an annual financial report that is reviewed by the IFM Office staff.
non-profit status & 501c3
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