New Credentials Orientation

New Credential Orientation or (NCO) takes place twice each year (March & August). It is for anyone who is interested in obtaining first-time credentials or who is new to the Ohio Ministry Network. You will meet many other people thinking, praying and preparing to transition into ministry. We explore the credential process, educational requirements, as well as the roles and responsibilities of being a minister.

The day is full of meeting people and includes a free lunch. You will hear from and meet with many of the department leaders at the Network Resource Center. You will learn about the incredible benefits of receiving ministry credentials with Ohio. The event goes from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Reminder: If you are not close to completing the education for credentials, you may want to wait to attend. Credential candidates find it more helpful to attend when they are close to finishing their credential courses or have completed them.  At the orientation, we will talk extensively about the application process steps, what is required, and deadlines for the next round of interviews.  You are more than welcome to attend if you have not completed the education requirements, but the deadlines and possibly some policies could change.

The next NCO will take place on Tuesday, August 25 2020 at 11:30am. Please register below:


*The March 2021 New Credentials Orientation registration will open after the August 2020 orientation.

Future NCO dates:

  • Saturday, March 13 (at Synergy)
  • August 24, 2021


Please email or call 614.396.0700 x140 if you have additional questions. You can also review the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you cannot make it to one of our March/August orientations, we do have a NCO online course available.  Please email for more information.

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Credentialing Timeline

The credential process can take on average of 6 months depending on a number of factors. Below is a timeline to assist you in the process should you desire to move forward (please click on the applicable timeline below).

Please note that the March 2020 NCO timeline is only for those who attended NCO in March 2020 and the August 2020 timeline is only for those who will attend NCO in August 2020.