Credential Upgrade

A credential upgrade is for those who currently hold a credential with The General Council of the Assemblies of God.

Any individual previously credentialed through another AG district who is now seeking a credentials upgrade for the first time in Ohio must first attend a New Credentials Orientation (NCO).

The following text from the General Council Bylaws provides qualifications for the licensed and ordained minister:

Specific Qualifications (GC Bylaws Article VII, Section 3. d & e)

Licensed minister.  Qualifications for license shall include clear evidence of a divine call, character and preparation suitable for that calling, practical ministry experience, and an evident purpose to devote one’s life in service to the proclamation of the Gospel.

Please email the network secretary’s office for an upgrade packet if you fulfill the above requirements for the Licensed level or call 614.396.0700 x140.

Ordained minister.  

  • Applicants must be 23 years of age or older.
  • No person may be ordained to the ministry until he or she has shown evidence of a divine call and has held ministry license and has been actively engaged in ministry and proclamation of the Gospel for at least two full consecutive years immediately prior thereto.
  • Applicants must be residents of or hold credentials in the district where they make application and appear before its credentials committee, and shall have been a member of the district in which he or she is seeking ordination at least one year.
  • In order to maintain active status, ordained ministers shall be engaged in viable ministry and proclamation of the Gospel except for cases of disability, retirement, or other valid circumstances as determined by the general secretary.

Those interested in becoming ordained must first attend the mandatory ordination overview, which is held once a year in late May or early June.  Please Click Here for more information or email credentialing@ohioministry.net.  You will receive an upgrade packet after registering for the Ordination Overview if you have completed the education requirements for ordination.