How to Become a Pentecostal Minister

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How to Become a Pentecostal Minister
Refer to Bible passages when applying for a Pentecostal minister's license. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Pentecostal churches, like many Christian denominations, include a number of similar, yet separate organisations. Become a Pentecostal minister by adhering to regulations, education requirements and ordination process designated by the Pentecostal church of your particular belief. Submit an online Pentecostal minister application, for example, or apply through a Pentecostal Church conference board for a local church license. Affirm the validity of your calling and show membership in a Pentecostal church to obtain a minister's certificate.

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    Apply online for a minister's license with the Apostolic Light Fellowship. Fill out your contact information. Inform the certifying body if you hold a minister's certificate from another denomination. Enter the dates related to such a license. Provide information, such as your status as a Pentecostal pastor, preacher or teacher. Enter any type of minister's license you might hold and the length of time you have held the license. Submit the names of three ministers who can attest to your call to the vocation.

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    Answer Bible-based questions designed to discern if your belief system matches the Pentecostal Church. Tell the certifying body if you believe, for example, that the one God manifested in the person of Jesus. Write a statement describing scriptural passages for a water baptism and the name you must speak when baptising a person. Affirm your belief in the Trinity as well as a number of other theological and biblical Pentecostal/Christian beliefs.

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    Choose from Pentecostal minister's licenses, such as a minister's license, ordination certificate and "Special Ministry License," which are common to the International Pentecostal Holiness Church and the Apostolic Light Fellowship. Apply for a minister's license if you want to serve as an entry level IPHC minister, or if you have a ministry of focus, such as a music, youth or education minister. Request an IPHC certificate of ordination if you have held a minister's license for at least two years and your Pentecostal church has recommended you. Pursue an Apostolic Light Fellowship Special Ministry License if you are not called to a Pentecostal pulpit ministry, but hope to serve in missions, prisons or by humanitarian acts.

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    Submit your online minister's license form. Include the license and application fee, which ranges between £16 and £130 (as of 2010), according to the type of license or ordination you seek.

Tips and warnings

  • Ministers from other Christian denominations may apply to transfer their licenses to a Pentecostal church.
  • Each Pentecostal church has its own requirements. You may need to go through a process of discernment and successfully complete a credentials program, such as required by the IPHC.

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