Requirements

  • Testimony to having experienced the new birth (John 3:5)
  • Testimony to having received the baptism in the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4.
  • Clear evidence of a divine call to the ministry evidenced by a personal conviction.
  • A blameless Christian life and a good report (Titus 1:7; 1 Timothy 3:7)

Denominational Association

  • Applicant must be a member of an Assemblies of God church.
  • Applicant shall have been a member of a local assembly of at least six months
  • Applicant shall be actively engaged in some aspect of ministry, except in case of ill health or infirmity.
  • They shall have the recommendation of their pastor.

Marriage

If married, neither the applicant nor the spouse may have a living spouse from a previous marriage unless the divorce occurred prior to conversion, or where there was unfaithfulness or abandonment of the believer by an unbeliever. In the above mentioned cases, an application to recognize those exceptions shall be reviewed by the network presbytery and forwarded to the General Council for their consideration and approval, before an application for ministerial credentials can be accepted. Application can be requested at 602.343.4012


Criminal Record

All ministerial applicants and upgrades must consent to a General Council mandated background check, which includes a National Criminal File Search, Social Security Verification, Felony Including Misdemeanor County court Records Search, and State Sexual Offender Database Search, and a credit report. The fee for this background check is $40 and is due at the time the application is returned. If we need to run a multi-county Felony county court Records search, or multi-State Sexual Offender Database Search, their may be an additional fee.


Education

All study requirements for each level of credentials must be completed as follows:

A/G History, Missions, and Governance:

All candidates applying for credentials for the first time, or upgrading, must give proof that they have completed a course in A/G History and Polity.

Certified:

Two years (48 hrs minimum) at an Assemblies of God College or school with a Biblical, ministerial, or church-related major, or completion of all required courses for Certified Ministers through the Berean University of the Assemblies of God.

License to Preach:

Three years (72 hrs minimum) study in an Assemblies of God College or school, with a Biblical, ministerial, or church-related major, or completion of all required courses for Licensed Ministers through the Berean University of the Assemblies of God.

Ordination:

Four years study (96 hrs minimum) study in an Assemblies of God College or school, with a Biblical, ministerial, or church-related major, or completion of all required courses for Ordained Ministers through the Berean University of the Assemblies of God. Must hold a ministry license for at least two (2) full consecutive years.