EMC Credentials and Ministerial Education

Pastoral ministry is a challenging calling and one that should be entered into solemnly.  Our churches need highly devoted men and women in various roles of leadership, and the EMC stands ready to explore a partnership with you as a potential leader and minister.

If you are indeed interested in pursuing ministerial or diaconal credentials with the EMC, you can read here about some of the steps involved.  We would love to talk with you!  Click here for a document detailing the Procedures for seeking EMC Credentials. And should you require additional ministerial education in order to achieve your goals, you may choose to enroll in an approved institution of higher learning, and a list of pre-approved colleges and seminaries is contained in the Haggard School of Ministry Catalog.  If that is not your desire, or is impossible for you, the EMC’s Haggard School of Ministry (HSOM) provides a quality alternative that is affordable and offers face-to-face education in a largely distance-learning context.  

The goals of the Haggard School are: 

  1. To provide academic courses that will enable ministerial candidates to gain proficiency in general education, Bible, theology, and pastoral ministry, 
  2. To provide students with the biblical, theological, and practical skills necessary to perform the ministerial tasks to which they have been called,
  3. To instill in candidates a commitment to Christ-like living, 
  4. To inspire candidates to embrace Wesley’s vision for worldwide evangelism, The World, My Parish. 

Click here to download the HSOM General Catalog

HSOM is designed primarily for individuals whose goals are to achieve credentialing status as a “Local Preacher” or “Deacon/Deaconess.” For persons interested in taking HSOM courses for “Personal Enrichment” we welcome EMC congregants 18 years of age or older, with a high school diploma or equivalent, to make application. All courses are taught at the undergraduate (college) level and may count for academic credit at Ohio Christian University.

Persons desiring “Elders Orders” will need to go further than the scope and sequence of the Haggard School.  The Evangelical School of Ministry (ESOM) is a joint educational program of study with the Haggard School of Ministry.

Just as with the Haggard School, The Evangelical School of Ministry exists to provide practical training for pastoral ministry. It includes Biblical and Theological Studies, as well as a strong emphasis on the practical aspects of the relationships and ministry of those called to pastor a local church.  Courses are taught at a seminary level and completion of the thirty-hour program will lead to either a Master of Ministry degree OR a Certificate of Ministry.  The school is focused on those who may not be able to pursue a traditional in-house course of study and therefore offers one-week intensive courses, three times per year. It takes three years to complete the entire program. Completion of the program fulfills many of the requirements leading to ordination in the sponsoring denominations.   ESOM’s sponsoring denominations are thoroughly Wesley-Arminian in their understanding of Scripture and ESOM courses are taught in that theological framework.

Click here to download the ESOM General Catalog