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WHY and HOW TO JOIN AIM
Reasons for considering joining AIM
- Our stance on the authority and inspiration of the Word of God.
- Our conservative Wesleyan Theology.
- AIM is committed to Christ and His mission.
- Financial support is voluntary not mandatory.
- Churches own their own property.
- AIM exists to serve the member church.
- Member churches are connected to other like-minded churches but not controlled.
- Multiple Men’s and Women’s Retreats in key locations
- Training for pastors and lay leaders
- Scholarship assistance for our credentialed ministers
- Strategically placed youth camps
- Pastoral search assistance and screening
How does a church become a part of the Association of Independent Methodists?
- Read the AIM Articles of Belief and be in doctrinal agreement with them.
- Believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God.
- Schedule a vote to join AIM.
- If your church votes to join AIM, request a membership application, complete, and return to the AIM along with a copy of the minutes where your church voted to join AIM.
- The AIM Executive Committee will review your application. If a member of the Executive Committee or one of its representatives has not visited your church an onsite visit will be scheduled.
- Once approved by the Executive Committee the church is officially recognized as a member church.
- There is no fee to join.
How does a minister apply for credentials?
- Request an Application for Credentials either by phone, email, or click here and in the comment or message box type Request Application for Credentials.
- Fill it out completely and return it to our office with a non-refundable $50.00 Application Fee.
- Once the application for credentials is returned, the background check completed and the personal references returned, it will be reviewed by the AIM Pastor-Parish Relations Committee.
- If the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee deems that one meets the criteria in personal spirituality, theology, family, ministry training, experience, and education, then a time for an interview will be scheduled, either via zoom or in person.
- If approved, your credentials will be valid at the time of your active ministry in an AIM ministry or approved ministry and will be officially presented at the next annual meeting.
- The things that the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee will be looking for are: personal spirituality, conservative Wesleyan Theology, solid functional family (if married) and not hindered with indebtedness.