levels of ministerial credentials

**Please scroll to find downloads of each level's application documents & instructions**

  • Applications and paperwork (keep copies of everything for your own records) must be mailed or emailed to the District Office by November 1, 2023
  • ALL additional paperwork and references must be received by December 1, 2023
  • Interviews at the District Office in Sioux Falls are scheduled for January 2024 during the Presbyter Meeting (January 23, 2024)
  • Credentials are presented each Spring at District Council. The Spring of 2024 Council will take place Brandon Valley Assembly of God .


Email Rev Rachel Schaible here with any credentialing questions or to email your application.


See our website tab Courses for Credentials for education requirements for each level. There are three levels of credentials available through the Assemblies of God, described below:


    Those who indicate God's call to ministry, manifest a desire to enter the ministry by engaging in Christian work, and  devote a part of his or her time to Christian service may be eligible to receive a Certificate of Ministry. They will be involved in some type of viable ministry and, whenever possible, are to remain under the supervision of a pastor.

    • Applicants must meet the 48 ministerial educational credit requirement.
  • License to Preach

    Those who exhibit clear evidence of a call to ministry and practical experience in preaching, together with an evident purpose to devote one’s life to ministry, are eligible for a License to Preach. They will be involved in some type of viable ministry. This credential can lead to Ordination. A minister must hold a license for two consecutive years to be qualified to apply for ordination.

    • Applicants must meet the 72 ministerial educational credit requirement.

  • Ordained Minister

    Qualifications for Ordination are outlined in the New Testament scriptures (I Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:7-9). They will 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 South Dakota District for no less than one (1) year prior to ordination.
    • Applicants must possess a License to Preach for at least (2) consecutive years.
    • Application must meet the 96 ministerial educational credit requirement. 

credentialing steps

**Please keep copies of every document you send to us for your records.

We have two notaries in our office if you need. 

1. To begin the process, choose which level you are pursuing and download that specific application:

(If you are currently not credentialed with the Assemblies of God, please select the first option for any level you are seeking. If you already hold a credential level, please select the one you are upgrading to from the last two options.) 



                    *Refer to #4 for more application fee information

-> $140 application fee for initial Certified and License

-> $100 application fee if upgrading within 1 year of being credentialed

-> $120 application fee if upgrading after 2 years

-> $20 discount for each person if both husband and wife are applying in the same year


-> $80 for upgrading before 2 years

-> $100 for upgrading after 2 year

2. All levels: please download each form below in addition to your application ("Information Authorization Release for Spouse" only if you are married):








En Español:

Minister - ESPAÑOL - Autorización y Divulgación de Información.pdf

Cónyuge-ESPAÑOL-Autorización y Divulgación de Información para el Cónyuge.pdf

Minister - ESPAÑOL Testimonio Personal.pdf

Minister -ESPAÑOL Inventario Personal y Ministerial.pdf

Minister -ESPAÑOL Llamado al Ministerio.pdf

(If you need assistance in downloading these forms, please contact us by clicking here. Please specify the level you are seeking and if you are upgrading your credentials or seeking credentials for the first time as well as the problem you are experiencing trying to download.)


3.  Contact those you will use as references so they will be expecting the reference forms that the South Dakota District office will be sending to them.

4. Complete all 7 forms (6 forms if you are single), *please note those that need to be notarized - (we do have two notaries in our District Office if you need), and send, along with the following, to the South Dakota District Office by November 1st:

     a. A copy of your signed Social Security Card

     b. All post high school transcripts (or education completed since receiving your current credential, if upgrading)

     c. Make check out to "SDAG" & must be received at our office: 4220 W 38th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57106 before application can be processed:

Certified and License:

-> $140 application fee for initial Certified and License

-> $100 application fee if upgrading within 1 year of being credentialed

-> $120 application fee if upgrading after 2 years

- $20 discount for each person if both husband and wife are applying in the same year


-> $125 application fee after 3 months of no credentials

-> $160 application fee after 7 years of no credentials


-> $80 for upgrading before 2 years

-> $100 for upgrading after 2 year

5. Once your application has been received, the South Dakota District office will notify you to begin the next steps of the credentialing process as well as give you a study guide/synopsis for your exam(s).

6. Arrange with us to take your exam(s) at the South Dakota District office or to set up a qualified proctor off-site. Depending on current availability, you can choose paper or online exam(s). Notify the SDAG office at least two weeks prior to your exam date so that we can have the exams sent accordingly.

7. Once your exam is compete (70% or better), all of your references returned to our office, approved background check, and educational requirements are met, an interview will be scheduled. You and your spouse (if married) will interview with the South Dakota District Presbytery Board at the SDAG office. The interviews are scheduled to take place in January of each year.

8. If your application is approved by the Presbytery Board, it will then be forwarded to General Council for final approval.

9. Once final approval is received from General Council, your credential with the Assemblies of God will be awarded to you and will be effective immediately.

10. Though your credential will be awarded to you as soon as it is received from General Council, you and your spouse (if married) are required to attend the Credentialing Service at the District Council for the formal presentation (held each Spring).

11. Your application will be active for two years from the time we receive your application and the application fee. If you fail to complete the application procedure within this time frame, you will forfeit all application fees and will be required to reapply if you desire to seek credentials at a later date.  (Some paperwork may need to be redone, if deemed necessary by the General Council.)