Application Forms

  • Ministerial Credentials

    Application for Ministerial Credentials

    Credential matters are covered in By-Law 10 of the General Constitution and By-Laws. Please be sure to read over this document: 
     
     By-Law 10

    Please include the following items with your Application for Ministerial Credentials:
    1. Criminal Record Check (including vulnerable sector)
    2. Theological Academic Transcripts
    3. $100.00 Application Fee

    If you are applying for Ministerial Credentials and you and/or your spouse have been divorced and are now remarried, you (and your spouse if previously divorced) will need to complete the Divorced and Remarried Credential Application.

    You may download individual sections of the Application for Ministerial Credentials below:

    Ministers Code of Ethics
    Credential Questionnaire
    Employer's Reference
    Ministry Reference
  • Reinstatement

    If you have previously held ministerial credentials with the PAOC, and the district still has your original application on file, you may apply for reinstatement, providing that a member of the District Executive can submit a reference for you. If you have been with another denomination or organization, they will also need to provide a reference for you. 
     
    Application for Reinstatement

    If you cannot meet these conditions, please complete the Application for Ministerial credentials in full rather than the Application for Reinstatement.

    Please include the following items with your Application for Reinstatement:
    1. Criminal Record Check (including vulnerable sector)
    2. $100.00 Credential application fee
  • Reclassification

    If you are reclassifying to another credential (other than applying for Ordination), please complete this application and return it to your district office. 
      
    Application for Reclassification

    Please include the following items with your Application for Reclassification:
    1. Copy of any previously held credential
    2. Theological academic transcripts (if required)
    3. $75.00 Credential application fee
  • Ordination

    If you meet the constitutional requirements for ordination, please submit the Application for Ordination to your district office along with the $100.00 Credential application fee. 

    Application for Ordination
    Ordination Reference Form 
     
    10.2.6 ORDAINED CREDENTIAL

    10.2.6.1 QUALIFICATIONS FOR ORDINATION

    10.2.6.1.1 TIME REQUIREMENT
    The time required to apply for ordination, with the licensed minister credential shall be a minimum of two full and continuous years of ministry. Applicants who are engaged in part-time ministry which involves at least 20 hours of active ministerial responsibility per week shall be eligible for ordination after four years or the equivalent of a minimum of two full years of continuous ministry. If, in the opinion of the district credential committee proven ministry would benefit by further review, the time requirement for approval of the ordination credential may be extended.

    10.2.6.1.2 A PROVEN MINISTRY
    A proven ministry shall be understood to mean that the candidate has clear evidence of the following:

    10.2.6.1.2.1 The call of God.

    10.2.6.1.2.2 The operation of the ministry gifts according to Ephesians 4:11,12. Provision shall also be made for specialized ministries such as music, Christian education, and visitation.

    10.2.6.1.2.3 Discipline and maturity in personal life and effectiveness in preaching or other means of communicating the gospel.

    10.2.6.1.2.4 The manifestation of genuine spiritual concern for all people.

    10.2.6.1.3 MINISTRY APPOINTMENT
    The granting of this credential shall be conditional upon the applicant currently holding an appointment in ministry as provided in By-Law 10.2.8.1.2.

    10.2.6.1.4 PRE-ORDINATION TRAINING
    Candidates for ordination shall participate in the pre-ordination training program of the district in which their credentials are held.
  • Retaining Credentials

    If you currently hold ministerial credentials with the PAOC, and are divorced, you may complete the Application for Retaining Credentials if you meet the constitutional requirements to become eligible for remarriage. 

    Application for Retaining Credentials

    Eligibility for retaining credentials reference form

     QUALIFICATIONS FOR CREDENTIAL HOLDERS REGARDING DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE

    10.2.2 A credential holder who is divorced with a former spouse still living and who wishes to retain credentials may be declared eligible to remarry when the following conditions exist:

    10.2.2.1 The credential holder did not contribute to a divorce by having committed porneia.

      

    10.2.2.2 The former spouse has committed porneia as defined in The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada General Constitution and By-Laws Article 5.9.1 and determined by one (1) or more of the following means:

      

    10.2.2.2.1  A district hearing committee of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada has found the former credentialed spouse guilty in the process of dealing with charges related to porneia.

     

    10.2.2.2.2  A secular court has found the former spouse guilty of a legal offense related to sexual misconduct which may be interpreted by a credential committee of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada as porneia.

     

    10.2.2.2.3  A certificate of marriage, or other legal marital status documents, provides evidence that the former spouse has remarried subsequent to the divorce from the credential holder.

      

    10.2.2.2.4  Evidence demonstrates that the former spouse has been a partner in a common law marriage, as defined by provincial or federal legislation, subsequent to the divorce from the credential holder.

     

    10.2.2.2.5  If the previous means of evidence are not available, consideration may be given to an affidavit witnessed by two signatories, or a notary public or commissioner of oaths, affirming that the applicant’s former spouse has committed porneia.

     

    10.2.2.3 The credential holder has provided acceptable evidence in an application form, personal interview, and through the testimony of references to the National Credentials Review Committee that he/she has clearly demonstrated exemplary Christian character and morality for the prior four (4) year period.

     Please include the following items with your Application for Retaining Credentials:

    1. Legal decree(s) of divorce
    2. Verification of former spouse(s) unfaithfulness/remarriage/common law union
    3. $75.00 Credential application fee

    And mail your application directly to the:
    National Credential Review Committee
    c/o The General Secretary Treasurer 
    The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
    2450 Milltower Court
    Mississauga ON L5N 5Z6
  • Divorced and Remarried Credentials

    Divorced and Remarried Credential Application
    Divorced and Remarried Reference Form

    If you would like to apply for ministerial credentials with the PAOC, you will need to complete the Application for Ministerial Credentials and return it to the district office in the region where you live. If you and/or your spouse have been divorced and are now remarried, you (and your spouse if previously divorced) will need to complete the Divorced and Remarried Credential Application and meet the constitutional requirements below: 

    10.2.1 An applicant who has never been married and who wishes to marry a divorced person whose former spouse is still living, or who has been divorced and remarried with a former spouse still living, or who is currently married to a spouse who has a former spouse still living, may qualify for credentials when the following conditions exist:

    10.2.1.1 The former spouse, of either the credential applicant or of the applicant’s current spouse, has committed porneia as defined in the General Constitution and By-Laws Article 5.9.1 and determined by one or more of the following means:

    10.2.1.1.1 A district hearing committee has found the former credentialed spouse guilty in the process of dealing with charges related to porneia.

    10.2.1.1.2 A secular court has found the former spouse guilty of a legal offense related to sexual misconduct which may be interpreted by a credential committee of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada as porneia.

    10.2.1.1.3 A secular court has found the former spouse guilty of a legal offense related to sexual misconduct which may be interpreted by a credential committee of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada as porneia.

    10.2.1.1.4 Evidence demonstrates that the former spouse has been a partner in a common law marriage, as defined by provincial or federal legislation, subsequent to the divorce from the credential applicant or the applicant’s current spouse.

    10.2.1.1.5 If the previous means of evidence are not available, consideration may be given to an affidavit witnessed by two signators, or a notary public or commissioner of oaths, affirming that the applicant’s former spouse has committed porneia.

    10.2.1.2 A minimum period of four years has elapsed since the later date of the following events:

    10.2.1.2.1 The date the current marriage took place.

    10.2.1.2.2 The date the former spouse committed porneia as determined by one (1) or more of the means listed above in By-Law 10.2.1.1.

    10.2.1.3 The individual has provided acceptable evidence in an application form, personal interview, and through the testimony of references to the National Credentials Review Committee that he/she is currently a partner in a marriage relationship where faithfulness has been clearly demonstrated for a minimum period of five (5) years.

    Please include the following items with your Divorced and Remarried Credential Application:

    1. Legal decree(s) of divorce
    2. New marriage certificate
    3. Verification of former spouse(s) unfaithfulness/remarriage/common law union
    4. $75.00 Credential application fee

    And mail your application directly to the:
    National Credential Review Committee
    c/o General Secretary Treasurer 
    The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
    2450 Milltower Court
    Mississauga ON L5N 5Z6