Membership in the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans is attained gradually through a formation process lasting not less than two and a half years after entering the postulancy. The stages of membership and the minimum period one ordinarily would expect to spend at each level of relationship to the Order are as follows:
- Postulant - six months
- Novice - two years
- Professed member - lifetime commitment
Entering the postulancy is not automatic upon request, but takes time, work, and discernment on the part of both the inquirer and the Order.