Ministerial Licensure Process

Becoming an Exhorter

A person who feels called to become a credentialed minister in the Church of God should discuss his/her calling with his/her pastor and ask the pastor to contact the state office.  Upon receipt of the request from the pastor, a New Minister/Calling and Ministry Studies (CAMS)/Exhorter Application will be mailed from the state office to the pastor. 

As part of the application process, the individual desiring credentials must submit to a background check.  Upon receipt of the completed application and the $100.00 background check fee, the state office will send the paperwork to International Offices and ask them to initiate the background check.  The background check may take from six to eight weeks.

Please Note:  If either the applicant or spouse has had a previous marriage, additional paperwork will have to be completed, and the couple will be required to meet with the Licensure Review Committee prior to initiation of the background check.

After the state office receives background check approval from International Offices, the applicant (and spouse) will be eligible to begin the CAMS program.  Click here for information regarding CAMS.

After completion of CAMS, and upon recommendation of the Ministerial Development Board, the candidate will be ready to purchase an Exhorter Study Guide and will be eligible to take the Exhorter exam.

Becoming an Ordained Minister

An Exhorter who desires to advance to the rank of Ordained Minister should contact the state office and request an Ordained Minister/Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) Application.  Click here for information regarding MIP.

After successful completion of MIP, the individual will be ready to purchase an Ordained Minister Study Guide and will be eligible to take the Ordained Minister exam.

Becoming an Ordained Bishop

An Ordained Minister may advance to the rank of Ordained Bishop when he is twenty-five (25) years of age, provided he has had at least eight (8) years of active ministry, or when he is thirty (30) years of age, provided he has had at least five (5) years of active ministry, if he is otherwise qualified.

A person who meets the above qualifications may contact the state office for an Ordained Bishop Application.

Background Check

A background check is required prior to advancing to the next rank of ministry; however, each person pays only one $100.00 fee.

To obtain a licensure application or for more information,
please call 540.362.1549, Ext. 103 or email