Before preparing for Pentecostal ministry, you need to consider whether you have experienced a spiritual calling to be in full-time ministry and in what capacity, such as a pastor, evangelist or Christian counsellor. You need to understand the beliefs and practices of Pentecostals. A good place to start is to attend a Pentecostal church, talk to the pastor there and do volunteer work.
Pray and seek God's direction for your life. Most people who become involved in ministry feel a "calling" by God and there are several types of ministries Pentecostals can become involved in. Pray about whether God would want you to be a pastor, teacher, apostle, evangelist or prophet according to Ephesians 4:11 and the fivefold ministries.
Attend a Pentecostal church on a regular basis and study their doctrinal beliefs. In general, most Pentecostals believe in the "Gifts of the Holy Spirit," the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" and "speaking in tongues." It is important to understand these biblical principles and practices if you want to be involved in the ministry of a Pentecostal church. Volunteer at your Pentecostal church for practical experience.
Take Bible courses online or in class and/or obtain a degree in divinity or theology at a Christian college or university. You can also take courses at a Bible or seminary school. Pastors will learn about preaching and operating a church, while evangelists will learn about witnessing to non-believers. Those studying to become apostles learn about administration and how to set up new churches, Christian counsellors will learn to develop professional counselling skills and teachers will learn to prepare and present lessons.
Research organisations such as Gospel Crusade Ministerial Fellowship. You can become a minister without necessarily attending Bible college. You need to feel called to ministry to begin with and have references that will vouch for your Christian character. You need to be sponsored by someone who is ordained within the organisation; it is a process that takes time. You can start by becoming an able-bodied or licensed minister and later on become an ordained minister. You will be held accountable to provide updates about your ministry.
Talk to a Pentecostal pastor to learn more about what it entails to be a pastor at a church. Interview evangelists, Christian counsellors, teachers and anyone that might give you insight into what is expected when you become involved in a ministry at a Pentecostal church or organisation.
A church may not have the word "Pentecostal" in its name and still adhere to the same tenets as most Pentecostals. Learn about any differences between the United Pentecostal Church, the Pentecostal Church of God, International Pentecostal Holiness Church, the International Full Gospel Pentecostal Church, Apostolic churches and charismatic churches who practice Pentecostalism.
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- A church may not have the word "Pentecostal" in its name and still adhere to the same tenets as most Pentecostals. Learn about any differences between the United Pentecostal Church, the Pentecostal Church of God, International Pentecostal Holiness Church, the International Full Gospel Pentecostal Church, Apostolic churches and charismatic churches who practice Pentecostalism.