The Ministerial Development Department is here to assist in your personal ministry development. Follow the tabs below to see information on training opportunities. For forms and information please contact the regional office.

Levels of Licensure

  • Exhorter
  • Minister of Music
  • Minister of Christian Education
  • Ordained Minister
  • Ordained Bishop



Licensing Process

  • Candidate meets with pastor
  • Pastor contact Administrative Bishop or District Overseer
  • Meeting with Administrative Bishop or District Overseer and Pastor
  • Local Church Endorsement
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • Application for *CAMS/Licensed Minister, Minister of Music or Christian Education
  • Complete required Courses – CAMS (Approximately 6 months)
  • Order Study Guide for Exhorter Minister (Minister of Music or Minister of Christian Education)
  • Exhorter Minister Testing
  • Submit Ordained Minister and *MIP Application to State Office (by July 1)
  • Complete MIP (8 month program – September through May)
  • Order Study Guide for Ordained Minister
  • Ordained Minister Exam
  • Submit Ordained Bishop application to the Regional Office (Age/Ministry Experience Requirements: Age 25 with 8 years active ministry experience. Age 30 and over with 5 years active ministry experience. COG minutes 2014 page 100)
  • Order Study Guide for Ordained Bishop
  • Complete Ordained Bishop testing

For more information on Christian educational opportunities to further your ministerial development check out the Church of God Division of Education website.