Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCO in-person event originally scheduled for March 24 has been canceled.

Instead, we will have a web conference via Zoom on Thursday, March 26 at 12:00pm. Please register at the link below.

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, policies and leadership change and it’s best to attend when you are close to finishing your credential courses or have completed them.  The orientation talks extensively about the application process steps, what is required, and deadlines for the next round of interviews.  Again, you are more than welcome to attend, but if you have a ways to go on your education or other processes (divorce/credit) all the deadlines and possibly some policies could change.

The next NCO will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 12:00pm via web conference due to COVID-19. Please register below:


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

Future NCO dates:

  • August 25, 2020
  • March 23, 2021


Please email credentialing@ohioministry.net 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 Tuesday March/August orientations, we do have a NCO online course available for $100.  Please email credentialing@ohioministry.net 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 2019 NCO timeline is only for those who attended NCO in March 2019 and the August 2019 timeline is only for those who will attend NCO in August 2019.