When an unretired ordained minister ceases from active service as a member of the clergy and takes full-time secular employment, after a period of two years he or she may be required by the District Ministerial Credentials Board or District Board of Ministry to resign from being a member of the clergy or file his or her credential with the general secretary. This two-year period shall begin at the district assembly immediately following the cessation of activity as a member of the clergy. The District Ministerial Credentials Board or District Board of Ministry shall report its action to the district assembly. This action should be considered nonprejudicial to character.
The rights, privileges, and responsibilities of a member of the clergy may be suspended and his or her name removed from the Roster of Ministers if he or she changes his or her residence from the address of record without providing a new address of record to the District Ministerial Credentials Board or District Board of Ministry within one year, or if he or she fails to submit an annual report as required in paragraphs 532.8 and 538.9. Such action to suspend shall be the responsibility of the District Ministerial Credentials Board or District Board of Ministry.
A member of the clergy who receives a Certificate of Commendation from his or her local church and has not joined another Church of the Nazarene by the time of the next district assembly, or who declares in writing that he or she has withdrawn from the Church of the Nazarene, or who joins another denomination either as a member or a minister, and who has not resigned his or her ministerial credential, may be expelled from the ministry of the Church of the Nazarene by order of the district assembly upon the recommendation of the District Ministerial Credentials Board or District Board of Ministry and his or her name be removed from the Roster of Ministers and the membership roll of the local church. (111.1, 815)
When an elder or deacon has been expelled, the credential of the member of the clergy shall be sent to the general secretary to be catalogued and preserved subject to the order of the district assembly of the district where the elder or deacon held membership at the time he or she was expelled. (326.5)
Pastors, local church boards, and others who determine assignments within the church shall not engage a member of the clergy who is not in good standing in any ministerial role or in any other position of trust or authority (such as leading worship, teaching a Sunday School class, or leading a Bible study or small group) until good standing is restored. Exceptions to this prohibition require the written approval of both the district superintendent of the district to which the minister belonged when relieved of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a member of the clergy, and the general superintendent in jurisdiction of that same district. (540.4)
Reinstatement of a Filed Credential. When an elder or deacon in good standing has filed his or her credential, such credential may, at any subsequent time when the elder or deacon is in good standing, be returned to the elder or deacon upon order of the district assembly where it was filed, provided that the return of his or her credential shall have been recommended by the district superintendent and the District Advisory Board. Between district assemblies, a District Advisory Board may vote to approve the return of a minister’s filed credential.
Reinstatement of a Resigned or Revoked Credential. An elder or deacon who, while a minister in good standing, resigned his or her order of ministry or whose credential was revoked upon uniting with another church, denomination, or ministry, may have his or her credential returned by the district assembly upon submitting the Ordination/Recognition Questionnaire, reaffirming the vows of ministry, being examined and favorably recommended by the District Ministerial Credentials Board or District Board of Ministry, and upon prior approval of the district superintendent and the general superintendent in jurisdiction. (539.2)
The certificate of ordination of a deceased minister whose credential was filed and who was in good standing at the time of death, may be conveyed to the minister’s family upon written request to the general secretary and approval by the district superintendent of the district where such filing is recorded.