General License

General Licence holders are recognized as maturing ministerial candidates who are progressively developing the full proof of their ministry as they lead.

General Licence ministers shall perform the duties of their ministry in unity with their local church, employer or mission and remain in alignment with their Anchor Statement of Faith.

Specific ministries identified with this license would be Associate or Assistant Pastors, Evangelists, Music or Youth Ministries, Chaplains, and those serving in para-church organizations. etc. General license holders may fulfill all ministerial duties with the exception of the solemnization of marriage.

All applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • All applicants must be 19 years of age or older.
  • All applicants must give assent to the bylaws, policies, and Statement of Faith of Anchor Ministerial Fellowship.
  • All applicants must submit the completed Application Form 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 a completed application.

Application Fee

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

General Licence Fee

The annual renewal fee for general license holders is $270.

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

General License holders who aspire to seek ordination must (at a minimum) continue evidence growth in their 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 it to 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 them to the Board of Directors for the final decision.

Any questions related to the General Licence process can be directed to