Education Requirements For Credentials


Ministerial Studies Program
Due to action taken by the General Presbytery, the Ministerial Studies course requirements are now fully in effect. The new educational requirements each level went into effect starting August 1, 2005. For a short time any student who may have begun any level under the old program will be allowed to complete that level before moving to the new program. Some courses may need to be substituted depending on availability.

Upon completion of the Ministerial Studies courses, you will have met the minimum academic requirements needed to apply for credentials. Successful completion of these courses should prepare you for the credentialing interviews and test.

The options for meeting these educational requirements are as follows:

Four Year Assembly of God College or University
Any student from an Assemblies of God University with Biblical/Church Ministries major which includes a course on A/G History, Missions and Governance (or equivalent) and who has completed 2 years, has met the educational requirements for Certified Minister credentials; completed 3 years – License; completed 4 years – Ordination.

Non-Biblical/Church Ministries majors from an Assemblies of God University wishing to apply for License or Ordination need to also have complete a minimum of (24) units in Bible & Theology to qualify for License and Ordination.

Additionally, graduating from accredited Assemblies of God schools with non-Biblical/Church Ministries majors automatically qualifies educationally for a Certified Minister credential.

Education Options
If you have not attended one of our Assembly of God schools, there are several ways to complete the required courses for the credential you are seeking:

  1. Global University, our Assemblies of God correspondence school, or
  2. Through an endorsed Assemblies of God postsecondary schools AG Colleges & Universities, or
  3. A seminary, college, bible college, or school approved by the District Credentials Committee.
  4. If you attended other schools, we are happy to evaluate your transcript.

Global University courses may be taken at the Institute Level or College Level.  However, if you wish to receive academic credit, you must take the courses at the college level.  If you choose the college level and intend to pursue credentials with the Assemblies of God, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on tuition.  Please contact the Credentials Administrator for further information.

Berean School of the Bible under Global University offers the majority of these courses via the Internet.  Visit Global University for more details or call 1-800-443-1083.

If you are interested in more information on the credentialing process, please see the Credentialing Procedures information or call the Credentials Administrator’s office at (916) 379-9600 x1121.


BIB 112      Synoptic Gospels: The Life & Teachings of Christ
THE 114      Introduction to Pentecostal Doctrine
BIB 115      Acts: The Holy Spirit at Work in Believers
BIB 117      Prison Epistles: Eph, Col, Philip, & Philemon
BIB 121      Intro. To Hermeneutics: How to Interpret the Bible
MIN 123      The Local Church in Evangelism
MIN 181      Relationships & Ethics in Ministry
THE 142      A/G History, Missions, and Governance
MIN 191      Beginning Ministerial Internship


(Current students advancing from “Old Certified Minister” program see Transitional Plan)

THE 211      Intro to Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective
BIB 212      New Testament Survey
BIB 214      Old Testament Survey
BIB 215      Romans: Justification by Faith
MIN 223      Introduction to Homiletics
THE 245      Eschatology: A Study of Things to Come
MIN 251      Effective Leadership
MIN 261      Introduction to A/G Missions
MIN 281      Conflict Management for Church Leaders
MIN 291      Intermediate Ministerial Internship


THE 311      Prayer and Worship
BIB 313      The Corinthian Correspondence
BIB 318      Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy
BIB 322      Poetic Books: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Solomon
MIN 325      Preaching in The Contemporary World
MIN 327      Church Administration, Finance, and Law
MIN 381      Pastoral Ministry
MIN 391      Advanced Ministerial Internship