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I'm curious about the traditions of Pentecostal churches concerning ministers being licensed and ordained. In Pentecostal churches (especially the denominations) typically how many years after being licensed is a minister ordained? I would not consider "it varies" an acceptable answer.

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closed as too broad by fredsbend, David Aug 25 '14 at 17:27

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

But... It does vary. I'd like to give answering this a shot, but the basic answer is that it varies. There's a pretty wide range of differences between Pentecostal groups, as I'm sure you know... So to make this answerable, what would be acceptable? Should we focus on a specific Pentecostal denomination, or summarize multiple ones? (Not trying to be argumentative, just trying to understand what you're looking for in an answer.) – David Aug 26 '13 at 3:25
@DavidStratton multiple churches traditions would be more helpful than just a single one. like when does the aog and 4 square or some other Pentecostal group that i'm not familiar with. I'd like to know after x amount of years you could expect to be ordained. I want to know how it varies. – user4060 Aug 26 '13 at 4:33
I do appreciate you working on this question – user4060 Aug 26 '13 at 4:33
David is correct, there is a wide range of differences and the question is too broad as it currently stands. I wouldn't take wikipedia's word as gospel on this issue, but it states there are 740 recognised Pentecostal denominations. – bruised reed Aug 15 '14 at 17:23

According to my very close co-worker/friend who was recently ordained a bishop in the Church of God (Cleveland, TN), the reqiurements for becoming a bishop are as follows:

  1. Completion of Minister's Apprentice Program (MAC), or Minister's Internship Program (MIC)

  2. Pass comprehensive scripture exam and become a licensed pastor.

  3. Must be at least 30 yrs of age, and 5 yrs of active ministry as a licensed pastor.

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