General guidelines for preparation for Christian ministry are:
Section: General Guidelines for Prepration for Christian Ministry
A validated course of study, together with the necessary procedures concerning their completion for those seeking a credential as elder and deacon or certification in categories and roles of ministry, are to be found in the regional Sourcebook on Ordination.
In regions administratively related to the Global Mission office, all validated courses of study, as stated in the regional Sourcebook on Ordination will be governed by the regional Sourcebook on Ordination. (527.2–527.3, 527.5)