Since 2002, the Church Within A Church Movement (CWACM) national Coordinating Team has prayed and planned for the process of Extraordinary Ordination.
Since 2005, the Extraordinary Ordination Work Area has existed to provide conversation partners, shepherds, support and accountability for those considering a clergy connection with the Church Within A Church Movement.
Through the Extraordinary Ordination Work Area, CWACM offers three clergy connections:
- Dual Covenant to ordained clergy who desire to align with Church Within A Church Movement's Mission Statement, Working Strategies, and Theological Statement.
- A pathway to Extraordinary Ordination for those denied ordination because of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, inclusive progressive theology, and for people for whom ordination through CWACM would enable a liberating expression of justice ministry within a community of mutual accountability.
- Transfer of Clergy Credentials for clergy who remain in good standing in their ordaining denomination, and want to transfer their credentials to The Church Within A Church Movement because they align with the theology and practices of The Movement.
In 2008, CWACM ordained Annie Britton and J Zirbel to Christian Ministry in a Methodist tradition.
In 2011, CWACM ordained DeLyn Celec and Robyn Morrison to Christian Ministry in a Methodist tradition.
In 2013, CWACM granted ministerial credentials to Rev. Vernice L. Thorn who transferred her credentials from the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
In 2015, CWACM ordained candi dugas to Christian Ministry in a Methodist tradition and granted ministerial credentials to Rev. Dr. Mindy Johnson-Hicks via transfer of credentials.
In 2016, CWACM granted ministerial credentials to Rev. Colleen Riley via transfer of credentials.