Requirements for Credentials

American Evangelistic AssociationAmerican Evangelistic Association recognizes credentials for Pastoral Ordination, Pastoral Licensing, Elder recognition, Deacon/ Deaconess recognition, Church Planting leadership, and missionary. AEA believes the Scripture teaches that both male and female are eligible to serve in all capacities of ministry leadership.

Most AEA’s pastors are seminary and Bible School trained. We believe the Lord calls those who have not had the opportunity to study in a traditional theological institutional setting. Candidates do not have to be formally trained in a traditional setting to quality for credentials. We are interested in what you have experienced as a servant in life and ministry. Members may qualify by demonstrating through past experience that they have been exercising gifts needed for ministry, example: understanding the Holy Bible and imparting it to others. Giftings for ministry management, evangelism, teaching, intercession, apostolic calling, church planting, home church fellowship leadership strongly influences the evaluation and conclusion.

The position to which you aspire may dictate what education is necessary. Military chaplains are required to have a four year college degree and graduation from a three or more year seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, plus a period of service as a minister.

A candidate aspiring to serve as a home church leader is evaluated differently than one seeking to serve as a Chaplain in a law enforcement setting.

Seminars that you’ve attended, courses taken whether at the local church level, correspondence or in structured learning setting, should be carefully noted.

Background checks are made on all candidates therefore thumb prints are required on the application.

Since the association is totally dependent on contributions we require all of our members to make a monthly financial commitment to their association.

AEA Members – Credentials To Serve As:

Pastors – Seniors/Assistant Ministers Evangelists
 Missionaries Chaplains Elders
 Deacons Christian Workers


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