EDUCATION:  All applicants must meet the appropriate educational requirements for the level of credential in which application is being made.  Please refer to “Education Requirements” under “Application.”  Two courses required of all applicants is MIN 171 – A Spirit-Empowered Church and  THE 142 AG History, Missions & Governance.  These courses can be completed online at, click on Berean School of the Bible or through our PennDel School of Ministry (

CERTIFICATE OF MINISTRY:  They shall show promise of usefulness in the gospel work.  They shall devote a part of their time to Christian ministry and, at the discretion of the district credentials committees, remain under the supervision of a pastor or a designated supervisor.  They shall be actively engaged in some aspect of ministry except in case of ill health or advanced age.

MINISTRY LICENSE:  Clear evidence of a divine call, a practical experience in preaching, together with an evident purpose to devote one’s time to preaching the gospel, except in case of ill health or infirmity.  This credential is required before advancing to Ordination.

ORDINATION:  Qualifications for Ordination are outlined in the New Testament scriptures (I Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:7-9).  They shall be persons of mature Christian experience who are qualified and able to undertake the responsibilities of the full ministry.  In addition:

  • Applicants must be twenty-three (23) years of age or older.
  • Applicants must be a member of the PennDel District Council for no less than one (1) year prior to ordination.
  • Applicants must possess a Licensed Minister credential at least two (2) consecutive years and been engaged in active work as a pastor, evangelist or other recognized full-time ministry for at least two (2) consecutive years immediately prior to submitting an application.
  • If applicant is licensed in another district, approval to proceed with ordination must be received from former district.