Recognition is an acknowledgement that the local church has appointed a person as a pastoral leader that has rigorously demonstrated their standing across the seven leadership dimensions of ministry: character, call, doctrine, capacity, competence, training and capability. Persons in pastoral leadership or related ministries who are accepted candidates for accreditation (but not yet accredited) may be affirmed as recognised ministers after completing stages 1 to 3 of the process outlined in the Affirmation of Ministry Guidelines. Those who do not wish, or are not eligible for, accreditation, may retain this more limited form of affirmation after completing stages 1 to 3. 

A leader’s recognition is limited to the specific ministry role for which they apply. It is not transferrable to other roles without the approval of the AOT. The Association will acknowledges leaders on the list of Recognised Ministers using the title Pastor.

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