Clergy Recognition

As a denominational body the Alliance is committed to meeting the professional needs of ordained women and men through the clergy recognition process. Clergy recognition is a formalized process which provides ministers with:

  • A denominational standard for one's ministerial identity to be affirmed and recognized.
  • A quality method for meeting and maintaining ministerial employment requirements.
  • A community of supportive clergy and laity who recognized ministers can connect to.
  • The Alliance pledges to provide support and connection in creative and evolving ways for recognized clergy as they carry out their ministries. Recognized clergy agree to on-going participation in the life of the Alliance, as well as maintaining communication and accountability to the Alliance.

Clergy Recognition addresses the following core standards through a process of written papers, interviews, and mutual discernment:

  • Good standing and accountability within the Alliance of Baptists
  • Ability to work in ways that promote equity, collegiality and diversity
  • Willingness to embrace the Alliance Covenant and Mission
  • Commitment to sharing the good news of the Alliance of Baptists
  • Continuing spiritual formation and growth
  • Academic education, self-reflection training, and professional experience

Since 2010, the Alliance has recognized clergy to serve in numerous places such as congregations, chaplaincy, spiritual direction, and ministry settings in other denominations such as United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). You can find more information about the requirements here.

The Alliance clergy recognition process is open to persons of any age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, or sexual identity.


To apply for Clergy Recognition, candidates must demonstrate connection and identity with the Alliance of Baptists by demonstrating the following criteria:

  • An individual member of the Alliance of Baptists for at least 1 year, established by a financial contribution (Give today to become a member.)
  • Attendance at an Annual Gathering of the Alliance of Baptists
  • An active member of an Alliance-affiliated congregation for at least 1 year
  • Ordained by or in the process of being ordained by an Alliance-affiliated congregation

Completed application materials are reviewed on a rotating basis by the Clergy Recognition Council according to the following deadlines: March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. A decision regarding clergy recognition will be made no later than three months after the deadline. The Clergy Recognition Application can be found here.

To learn more about the Clergy Recognition Process, please contact Carole Collins, director of operations & finance.


The Alliance provides assistance to Alliance-affiliated congregations who are seeking to have a person who is in the ordination process in the congregation to have his/her ordination recognized by the Alliance.

To facilitate clergy recognition for the ordinand, the congregation agrees to:

  • Contact Carole Collins, minister for operations & finance, to let the Alliance know of the congregation's desires and intentions,
  • Invite at least one Alliance member (not a member of the ordaining congregation) to participate in the ordination council of the ordination candidate, and
  • Ask at least one Alliance member (not a member of the ordaining congregation) to participate in a leadership role in the ordination service of the ordinand.

Furthermore, the candidate will complete the Clergy Recognition Process prior to the ordination service. For assistance please email Carole Collins, minister for operations & finance.


If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carole, minister for operations & finance, either by email or phone: 866.745.7609 x202.