Completion of Calling and Ministry Studies (CAMS) is required prior to obtaining Exhorter credentials in the Church of God. To apply for CAMS, the applicant must complete a CAMS/Exhorter application, and submit to a background check. The background check fee is $100.00.

Completed applications are due in the state office by June 30.

CAMS consists of two sections: seminars and individual study. The purposes of the seminars are (a) to identify how an individual knows he/she has a divine call, (b) to explain what the meaning and practices of ministry are, and (c) to help the applicant determine what his/her divine call is and understand what ministry is. The seminars are attended by both applicant and spouse.

The 2017-2018 schedule of seminars is as follows:

September 8     6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

September 9     8:45 am to 4:30 pm

November 10    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

November 11    8:45 am to 4:30 pm

January 6           8:45 am to 3:00 pm

The CAMS applicant completes three Certificate in Ministerial Studies (CIMS) courses through individual study. In addition, the applicant writes three papers on the following: His/her calling into the ministry, his/her view of ministry, and his/her ministry identity. The spouse writes two papers, one on his/her calling into ministry and the other on his/her view of ministry.

After successfully completing CAMS, the applicant is ready to obtain an Exhorter Study Guide from international offices and study for the exam. Exams are given four times a year, twice in April and twice in October.

To obtain a CAMS Application or to ask questions, 

please call 540.362.1549 Ext 2, or email