There are three levels of ministerial credentials available through the Assemblies of God. The level of credential a person is qualified for depends on both ministry experience and education completed. Each level is described below:

Certificate of Ministry (Certified)

This level are for those who express and demonstrate God’s call to ministry and a desire to enter the ministry by engaging in Christian service. They shall devote part of their time to Christian ministry and shall be actively engaged in some aspect of ministry. They shall show promise of usefulness in the gospel work and, at the discretion of the district credentials committees, shall remain under the supervision of a pastor or a designated supervisor.


This level are for those who have exhibited clear evidence of a call to ministry, character and preparation suitable for that calling, practical ministry experience, and an evident purpose to devoting one’s life in service to the proclamation of the gospel. They shall be involved in some type of viable ministry. This credential can lead to Ordination. A minister must hold a license for two consecutive years in order to be qualified to apply for Ordination.


This level are for those who give proof of their call and whose mature ministry qualifies them for a wide range of leadership responsibilities in full-time Christian ministry. Qualifications for Ordination are outlined in the New Testament scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:7-9). In addition, applicants must be at least 23 years of age, have held a license credential for at least two consecutive years, and have been engaged in active work as a pastor, evangelist, or some other recognized and proven full-time ministry for 2 full consecutive years immediately prior to ordination.