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LICENSURE OVERVIEW

The credentialing of Church of God ministers is a ministry formation process for individuals seeking to be licensed ministers. Individuals, in partnership with church leadership, will pursue their divine call and place of ministry through personal discovery, education, and training.

SEMINAR AND EXAM SCHEDULE


CREDENTIALING SEMINARS*
TESTING
Fall 2019
September 28, 2019
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
State Office | Roanoke
October 22, 2019
9:00 AM
State Office | Roanoke

October 24, 2019
9:00 AM
Ashland Church of God | Ashland

Spring 2020
February 29, 2020
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
State Office | Roanoke
March 24, 2020
9:00 AM
State Office | Roanoke

March 26, 2020
9:00 AM
Ashland Church of God | Ashland

Fall 2020
September 26, 2020
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
State Office | Roanoke
October 20, 2020
9:00 AM
State Office | Roanoke

October 22, 2020
9:00 AM
Ashland Church of God | Ashland


CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A STUDY GUIDE


*Bring a study guide, writing instruments, highlighter, notepad and $10 fee to credentialing seminar.

EXHORTER | CAMS

The entry level for credentialing is Exhorter. Applications are available for download at the link below. The Exhorters application also serves as an application for the Calling and Ministry Studies (CAMS) program which ministerial applicants must complete before obtaining credentials. CAMS is conducted once a year by the Ministerial Development Board. Sessions begin in September and conclude in January. In order to be admitted to CAMS, applicants must have their completed application packet at the State Office by June 1st.

Once a candidate has successfully completed the CAMS program they will be interviewed by the Ministerial Development Board. If this board approves the candidate to continue with the credentialing process, the candidate can purchase a study guide for the Exhorters test and begin to study for the exam. Candidates who wish to obtain a Minister of Music or Minister of Christian Education certificate must complete the same process as those who are seeking their Exhorter.

Exhorter | CAMS Application

ORDAINED MINISTER | MIP

Individuals who hold an Exhorters certificate may apply to advance to the rank of Ordained Minister. Applications are available for download at the link below. The Ordained Minister application is also an application for the Ministerial Internship Program (MIP). Candidates seeking their Ordained Minister credential must complete MIP before they can take the Ordained Minister exam. Applications for Ordained Minister must be received at the State Office by June 1st in order to be admitted to MIP which begins each September.

Once a candidate has successfully completed MIP they can purchase a study guide for the Ordained Minister test and begin to study for the exam. Candidates must hold their Exhorters certificate for a minimum of one year before they can take the Ordained Minister exam.

Ordained Minister | MIP Application

ORDAINED BISHOP

Male Ordained Ministers who seek to advance to the rank of Ordained Bishop must meet certain requirements related to age and length of time which they have held credentials.

  • Candidates who are 30 years of age or older must have five years of active ministry before they can obtain their Ordained Bishop credential.
  • Candidates between 25 and 30 years of age must have eight years of active ministry before they can obtain their Ordained Bishop credential.
  • Certain waivers to these age criteria can be granted based upon education and experience.

Applications are available for download at the link below.

Ordained Bishop Application

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