FCM does not provide universal and open ordination/commissioning to any and all that apply. Each individual member seeking commissioning must complete an application with supporting materials and be approved by our leadership (The Circle) at one of two annual meetings.

The Federation of Christian Ministries locates authority for the authorization and oversight of ministers, including ordination and continued standing, in The Circle of Directors which includes regional vice presidents. In the work of authorization and oversight, the Circle discerns collectively the wisdom of the Spirit, the call of Christ, and the mission of God, on behalf of the membership of FCM.