BIC Canada requires all pastoral / ministry staff to be credentialed by BIC Canada. This ensures a healthy theological fit between pastors and the denomination and the congregation they serve. While the process does take some time to complete, it helps ensure that the incoming pastor feels comfortable within the BIC Canada family of churches.
As you begin the discernment process for a ministry position within or associated with BIC Canada, the following are the necessary steps:
Step 1. Contact the Appropriate Team Leader to Initiate the Process
This is the first step. You must contact the appropriate team leader for the ministry expression within which you would like to serve.
If you are considering a pastoral role in:
- A BIC Community Church, contact Charlie Mashinter
- The Meeting House, go to TMH Careers site
- The Network, contact Matt Vincent
If you are considering a credential clergy role beyond the local church (e.g. chaplain, spiritual director, para-church, etc.) contact Doug Sider.
Step 2. Self Assessment
To assess your compatibility with BIC Canada read the following documents that express BIC Canada theological views and core values:
And watch the following teaching videos by Bruxy Cavey, Teaching Pastor at The Meeting House:
- “Chosen One: The Law and the Land” (Episode 12 – The Staff and the Sword.)
- “Inglorious Pastors” (watch the whole series chronologically)
Of special note (be sure to watch these two):
Step 3. Documents
After reading through the above material, please complete the Credentialing Profile & Questionnaire. It is in Microsoft Word format so you can complete it on your computer and send it back via email to your Team Leader. In addition we will need a personal digital photo.
Step 4. Background Check
We require you to provide a recent (within the past 12 months) Criminal Record Check from your local police department, including Vulnerable Sector report. Please have the results sent directly to our office (BIC Canada, 2700 Bristol Circle, Oakville, ON L6H 2N9). We will also need you to complete the Reference Form. This document provides three names for a reference and it releases BIC Canada and the person giving a reference from liability.
Step 5. Interview
Once all documentation has been submitted you will need to schedule an interview with the appropriate leader within BIC Canada (if this is not clear, please contact our office). When the interview is successfully completed a recommendation will go forward to the Director for Leadership Development for final approval. Provisional credentials will be issued once a ministry assignment with BIC Canada has been finalized.
Once provisional credentials have been issued you will be required to do three final things before full credentials are issued:
- Attend an orientation/educational event in the year following.
- Complete any additional work assigned by the team leader or the Director of Pastoral and Leadership Development.
- Complete the educational requirements within 3 years.
Please contact the BIC Canada Office if you have any questions.