Screening Requirements for Vertical Impact Churches

People entering into our network can typically look forward to the

“Four Step System”.

After the application and background check is completed.

Commission, License and Ordination 

“Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.”

James 3:1 



Initial Conversation 

After we receive your application and fees, we

will schedule an interview for you with our ruling elder. The Elder will

interview you about your sense of calling and go over your Minister Profile

that shows God’s calling in the context of your life journey.



 Leadership Assessment


While your character is already being assessed during the interviews, it becomes the focal point in this stage of the process.  The Ministry Strengths Profile is required in this step of our consideration.  A representative from the network will review this profile with you.  



Academic Evaluation


Competency refers to academic achievement and demonstrated ability. Typical academic expectations are required for certain level of credentials.  Current education is taken into consideration.  Through Vertical Impact University you can achieve your educational requirements.



Journey’s End


Upon completion of the Calling, Character, and Competency steps and with the Network Elder Team's approval, your credentialing will be approved. You will receive all official documents, which include an embossed certificate, ID card, and Letter of Good Standing.

When a minister obtains their clergy credentials through

Vertical Impact Network they can show that they have been through a screening and training process. They can also show that there is accountability and ongoing support available to them as ministers.