The ministerial candidate must write a letter of intention to the Credentials Board declaring that he/she feels a divine call to the ministry and desires to pursue recognition as a minister in the Church of God.
The letter of intent should be short in nature and include the following:
A brief personal testimony of how you came to Christ.
A brief description of your personal call to ministry.
Why you feel called to be a Church of God Minister (as opposed to Baptist, Methodist, etc.)
Verification to the Call by the Pastor and the Local Church
Upon receipt of the Ministerial Application, the Credentials Board will look to the pastor, three other Church of God ministers, and three recognized spiritual leaders in the local church for their verification of his/her call to ministry. The candidate will provide these persons with copies of an evaluation and recommendation form which will assist the Credentials Board in understanding the candidate and his/her qualifications for ministry. Evaluation forms are to be supplied to persons in the congregation individually and sent directly to Illinois Ministries by each individual.