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 for 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 credentialing interviews and tests.

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 a 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 &mdash: Ordination.

Non-Biblical/Church Ministries majors wishing to apply for License or Ordination need to also have completed 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 school; 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 (Global University courses only). 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 for more details or call 1-800-443-1083.

If you are interested in more information on the credentialing process, please see theCredentialing 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

For current students completing “Old Certified Minister” program.

Students on the old certified program may still complete under that program, although some courses will need to be substituted. Below is the list of courses along with the plan for completion for those students wishing to complete under the old program. Students enrolling after August 1, 2005 are required to enroll in the new program.

Old Testament Survey Will complete the new course for the same subject if needed.
New Testament Survey Will complete the new course for the same subject if needed.
Life of Christ Replacing with Synoptic Gospels: The Life and Teachings of Christ
Introduction to Theology Will complete the new course for the same subject if needed.
Biblical Theology of Prayer The new Prayer and Worship course required for Ordination will be required for students still needing this course. When working on the ordination courses they will be required to substitute a course they have not already completed.
History of A/G Missions Student must take A/G History, Missions, and Governance.
How to Study the Bible Replaced with Hermeneutics.
Soul Winning Replaced with The Local Church in Evangelism.
Marriage and Family Staying as is because there is no replacement course.
Sermon Preparation Replace with Introduction to Homiletics.
A/G History & Polity Discontinued. Students must take A/G History, Missions, and Governance.

For students moving to License who completed the “Old Certified Minister” program.

NOTE: The transition plan substitutes courses from the New Certified Program in place of courses that would be repetitive for students who have completed the Old Certified Program. It still requires the completion of nine courses for License without repeating courses. It also ensures that students have such valuable courses as Acts and Introduction to Pentecostal Doctrine.

Old Certified Old Testament Survey
New License Old Testament Survey
Transition Replacement BIB 117 – Prison Epistles
Old Certified New Testament Survey
New License New Testament Survey
Transition Replacement BIB 115 – Acts
Old Certified Introduction to Theology
New License Intro to Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective
Transition Replacement THE 114 – Intro to Pentecostal Doctrine
Old Certified Sermon Preparation
New License Introduction to Homiletics
Transition Replacement MIN 181 – Relationships and Ethics in Ministry
(or MIN 381 – Pastoral Ministry)