Credentials Materials

The intent of the Credentials Manual is to provide the basis for standards and processes to be used by all recognized ministerial credentialing units associated with the Church of God movement (Anderson, Indiana) in the United States and Canada. It intends to put biblical foundations into definitional and operational terms for the current recognition and practice of Christian ministry in the Church of God movement. It attempts to reflect the proper balance between legitimate autonomy and needed authority in the church’s life.

The parties for whom the Credentials Manual is made available here for downloading include: prospective ministers wanting to become credentialed; practicing ministers wanting to know responsibilities for maintaining credentials; congregations wanting to know what their obligations are; persons from other faith-groups looking for information on Church of God polity; attorneys or law-enforcement agencies wanting to know specific policies followed for preventing abuse; Church of God Ministries as it coordinates services and initiates the annual Yearbook preparation.

Also provided here are downloadable standard forms, suggested materials and samples, and other helpful information:

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Credentials Manual

Official Credentialing Forms for Credentials Committees Only (Ministers should contact your credentials chairperson for instructions)

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Suggested Credentialing Materials and Samples for use by Credentials Committees only (New Ministers should contact your credentials chairperson for instructions.)

Credentialing Application Materials (for use by committees only)

Orientation to the Church of God

Credentials Covenant

L.A.M.P. Guidelines & Forms

Code of Ethics (sample from Indiana Ministries)

Five-Year Review (sample from the CDP District)

Child/Youth Protective Policies & Volunteer Applications

Miscellaneous Samples

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Search Committee Handbook

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For more information on Credentialing, contact:

Joyce Hazen
Credentialing Assistant
(800) 848-2464, ext. 2109
(765) 648-2109

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