How to Become a Pentecostal Church of God Minister

with the Tennessee District Pentecostal Church of God

 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE FOR OBTAINING MINISTER'S CREDENTIALS?

The answer may be found in the acronym A.C.T.S.

A – Affirming Ministers and their Calling.

The Pentecostal Church of God desires to affirm our ministers! One of the ways that we can

do that is by helping you identify and clarify your calling! What is your ministry calling—youth,

music, church planting, pastoring, etc.? It is important to us to help you navigate through the

exploration of your calling.

‌C – Connecting Ministers with Similar Beliefs and Values.

The Pentecostal Church of God desires to connect our ministers together through meaningful

relationships. In our current church culture, there is a growing phenomenon known as the

“casual credential holder.” The “casual credential holder” is one who desires a credential but

doesn’t really desire to be a part of a church family or church organization. We believe that true

realized potential can only come through mentoring and coaching.

T – Training Ministers to do the Work of the Ministry.

The Pentecostal Church of God desires to equip and train our ministers to do the work of the

Ministry! Through our credential process, you will be afforded a balanced approach to ministry

training through personal study, classroom study, and continuing study.

S – Sending Ministers to a place of Fruitfulness.

The Pentecostal Church of God desires to send and commission our ministers to a place of fruitfulness! One way that we can help with this is by providing a network of available ministry opportunities. In the Pentecostal Church of God, we desire to open up opportunities of service.

 

 

 

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR OBTAINING MINISTER'S CREDENTIALS?

‌To receive minister's credentials with the Tennessee District of the Pentecostal Church of God, the following three-step process must be completed.

 

CERTIFIED CREDENTIAL (This credential is independent of the PCG General Headquarters in Bedford, TX)

 

STEP #1: APPLICATION Complete an Application with the appropriate supplemental forms and send it to the Tennessee District Office. The application differs depending on your circumstances. Applicants must complete the Application for Minister's Credentials. The following forms must be included with your application:

* Application for Ministerial Credentials (Note: “Credentials for which you are now applying,” write “Certified” on application)

* Background Investigation Consent Form with $25.00-$40.00 (This fee will cover background check & 1st month credential fee)

 

STEP #2: INTERVIEW All applications must be reviewed, signed, and delivered to the Tennessee District Office, and upon the completion of the application process, a date for an interview will be established with the Tennessee District Board. Upon their recommendation, you will receive your Ministerial Certification with the Tennessee District of the Pentecostal Church of God.

 

STEP #3: MINISTRY You may now serve as a minister of the local church in the Tennessee District of the Pentecostal Church of God. If eligible, you may begin the process towards promotion to Exhorter Minister with the Pentecostal Church of God.  If not eligible for promotion, or if not called to promotion, you may continue to serve as a Certified Minister indefinitely.

 

 

 

 

‌WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR OBTAINING EXHORTER, LICENSE, OR ORDAINED MINISTER'S CREDENTIALS?

‌To receive Exhorter, License, or Ordained minister's credentials with the Pentecostal Church of God, the following three-step process must be completed.

 

STEP #1: COMPLETING THE MINISTER'S STUDY SERIES

A written examination will be required AFTER COMPLETION of each series

 

The PCG Minister's Credentials are provided in three levels--Exhorter, License, and Ordination. Below are the requirements for the Minister's Study Series in each level, which must be completed before application may be made for that specific level. All Tennessee District applicants will start at the Certified Credential level unless otherwise specified by the Tennessee District Board.

EXHORTER CREDENTIAL (Must have completed 4 hours of classroom studies)

Personal Study: An applicant must complete the following study courses for Exhorter.

* Basic Bible Truth by Aaron Wilson (Theology)

* What the Bible Says about the Holy Spirit by Stanley Horton (Theology)

* Old Testament Survey - Pt. 1 by Samuel J. Schultz (Bible)

* Old Testament Survey - Pt. 2 by Gary V. Smith (Bible)

* New Testament Survey by Walter M. Dunnett (Bible)

* Becoming a Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels (Mission)

* General Constitution & Bylaws

 

Note: If one has completed equivalent studies this requirement may be waived.

LICENSE CREDENTIAL (Must have completed 1 year as an Exhorter Minister, and must have completed all 8 hours of classroom studies)

Personal Study: An applicant must complete the following study courses for License.

* Basic Homiletical Studies by C. M. O'Guin (Bible Study Methods)

* Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster (Spiritual Formation)

* Spiritual Leadership by Henry Blackaby (Spiritual Leadership)

* Ministerial Ethics: A Guide for Spiritual Leaders by T. Burton Pierce (Ministerial Ethics)

* The Truth about the Family by Vernell Ingle (Marriage & Family)

* The Minister's Service Book by Myer Pearlman (Ministerial Basics)

* General Constitution & Bylaws (if not completed previously)

 

‌Note: If one has completed equivalent studies this requirement may be waived.

Specialty Module: In addition to the study courses above, an applicant must select and complete one (1) of the following specialty modules.

Pastor/Teacher Module

* Spirit Centered Counseling by John Kie Vining (Pastoral Counseling)

* 12 Keys to an Effective Church by Kennon Callahan (Church Administration)

* Acts by Tyndale Commentary Series (Acts of the Apostles)

Missions/Evangelism Module

* Building a Contagious Church by Mark Mittelberg (Missions/Evangelism 1)

* The Coming Church Revolution by Carl George (Missions/Evangelism 2)

* Missional Church by Darrell Guder (Missions/Evangelism 3)

Music Ministry Module

* Let Us Worship & Let Us Praise by Judson Cornwall (Music Ministry 1)

* Exploring Worship by Bob Sorge (Music Ministry 2)

* Worship Evangelism by Sally Morgenthaler (Music Ministry 3)

Children's Ministry Module

* Leadership Essentials for Children's Ministry by Craig Jutila (Children's Ministry 1)

* Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions by George Barna (Children's Ministry 2)

* Children Matter by Scottie May & Linda Cannell (Children's Ministry 3)

Youth Ministry Module

* Purpose Driven Youth Ministry by Doug Fields (Youth Ministry 1)

* Unchristian by David Kinnaman (Youth Ministry 2)

* Reaching a Generation for Christ by Dunn & Senter III (Youth Ministry 3)

Senior Adult Ministry Module

* Senior Adult Ministry in the 21st Century by David Gallagher (Senior Adult Ministry 1)

* One Church, Four Generations by Gary McIntosh (Senior Adult Ministry 2)

* Catch the Age Wave by Win & Charles Arn (Senior Adult Ministry 3)

ORDINATION CREDENTIAL (Must have completed 2 years as a Licensed Minister, must have read the entire Bible, and must be active in a full-time ministry)

Personal Study: An applicant must complete the following study courses for Ordination.

* How to Prepare Bible Messages by James Braga (Bible Study Methods)

* Pastors at Greater Risk by H. B. London (Spiritual Formation)

* 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell (Spiritual Leadership)

* The 33 Laws of Stewardship by Sutherland & Nowery (Spiritual Stewardship)

* 7 Secrets of Successful Families by Jimmy Evans (Marriage & Family)

* General Constitution & Bylaws (if not completed previously)

 

 

Note: If one has completed equivalent studies this requirement may be waived.

Specialty Module: If not previously completed at the License Credential level, an applicant for Ordination must select and complete one (1) of the specialty modules listed above.

STEP #2:  APPLYING FOR CREDENTIALS

Complete an Application with the appropriate supplemental forms and send it to the Tennessee District Office. The application differs depending on your circumstances. New applicants must complete the Application for Minister's Credentials. Previous applicants must complete the Application for Reinstatement. Current Applicants desiring promotion must complete the Application for Promotion. The following forms must be included with your application:

* Complete the correct Application Forms

 (Application for Ministerial Credentials) or (Application for Reinstatement) or (Application for Promotion)

* Background Investigation Consent Form

* Bankruptcy Questionnaire (if applicable)

* Felony Questionnaire (if applicable)

* Marriage Questionnaire (for each divorce from the applicant and/or spouse)

* Adultery/Abandonment Substantiation Documents (at least two substantiation documents for each divorce from the applicant and/or spouse         with one document coming from a non-family member; any divorce that is prior to conversion does not need substantiation)  

*Adultery Substantiation (for applicant)

*Adultery Substantiation (for spouse of applicant)

*Abandonment Substantiation (for applicant)

*Abandonment Substantiation (for spouse of applicant)

* Reference letter from the pastor who signed the application

* Recommendation letter from an organization that previously granted credentials (if applicable)

 

These supplemental forms are not required if applying for promotion to License or Ordained. All applications must be reviewed, signed, and delivered to the Tennessee District Office, and upon the completion of the application process, a date for an interview will be established with the district leadership. Upon their recommendation, your application will be forwarded to the overseeing leadership of the Pentecostal Church of God for final approval. Also, please download the ACH form enabling you to have your monthly credentials fee automatically withdrawn from your checking account.

STEP #3:  INCLUDING PROCESSING FEES

* Credential Fee- $90.00 for the first three months of credentials (This fee is due only when making application for 1st time Exhorter Credentials or when making application for Reinstatement to Exhorter, License, or Ordained.)

* Background Check Fee- $25.00 (This fee may be waived if an earlier background check has been performed within an acceptable time frame, and is not necessary when a minister with active credentials is applying for Promotion)

These processing fees are required to begin the credentialing process and must be sent in the form of a check or money order with the application and supplemental forms. All checks must be made out to the Pentecostal Church of God. Other fees required throughout the process are subject to change. If for some reason the application is denied, $60.00 will be refunded to the applicant and $55.00 will be retained by the Pentecostal Church of God for a processing fee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All materials may be ordered from: PCG Ministry Resource Center, P.O. Box 211866, Bedford, TX 76095,

1.817.554-5900. (Extension 333 or 337)

Upon completion contact the PCG Tennessee District Regional Presbyter for grading of your Minister’s Study Series.

 

 

 

For any further questions concerning the application process please contact the Tennessee District Office. office@tnpcg.org