An Outline of our Present Credentials
As an denominational organisation, Full Gospel provides support and fellowship for pastors and ministers through regular pastors conferences, training days and education opportunities. We help pastors and ministers to be compliant with State and Federal legislative requirements as well as community expectations. Full Gospel honours the autonomy of each local church and we encourage a spirit of fellowship and mutual support.
Affiliation with the Full Gospel Churches of Australia starts with applying for a credential.
We currently have three levels of credential:
1) Ordained, whereby the credential holder is registered with the Full Gospel Churches of Australia as a Minister of the Gospel to conduct services, give pastoral support, teach the Word of God, conduct baptisms, funerals and other services as needs be, within the Australian community.
Ordained credential holders are also registered with the State and Federal Attorney General Departments for the purpose of being a "registered minister of religion", with authority to conduct weddings under the Mariage Act, 1961.
2) Associate, whereby the credential holder is registered with the Full Gospel Churches of Australia as a Minister of the Gospel to conduct services, give pastoral support, teach the Word of God, conduct baptisms, funerals and other services as needs be, within the Australian community.
3) Workers, whereby the credential holder is registered with the Full Gospel Churches of Australia as a Worker of the Gospel to conduct specialist services within a church or para-church setting, under the authority and supervision of an ordained and/or associate pastor.
Workers credential holders fulfil many and various roles within local fellowships including, but not limited to, hospital visitation, prison ministry, special religious education, children's ministry, youth ministry, small groups ministry, chaplaincy, church department heads, etc. This credential is especially useful when setting aside certain persons for the work of the gospel in a specialist area of ministry.
Application for WORKERS Credentials (pdf 344kb)
Application for ASSOCIATE Credentials (pdf 485kb)
Application for ORDAINED Credentials (pdf 486kb)
Statement of Faith (pdf 55kb)
Annual Renewal Form 2017 (pdf 103kb)
FGC_Code_of_Conduct (pdf 640kb)
FGC Marriage Manual (pdf 640kb)
FAQs Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does the Full Gospel Churches of Australia credential women as ministers?
A. Yes! We believe women and men are equal (See Galatians 3:28; Acts 10:34; Romans 10:12) before God. We do not consider gender as either a qualifying or disqualifying element in the credential process.
Q. My church or ministry is small. Will this disqualify my application?
A. At Full Gospel we take many things into consideration before granting anyone a credential, whether their work is small or large. Whilst the size of a ministry is an indication of validity, it is by no means the only yardstick applied when considering an application. Each application stands on its own merit. The strength of any particular application is not tied to the number of members.
Q. Is the Application Form the only thing I will need to supply in order to receive a credential?
A. Our application process starts with the receipt of an application form, together with the supporting documents outlined within the application. This allows the Credential Committee to begin to gain an understanding of the applicant, their postion and work. After an application is approved, further documentation may be required in order to satisfy the compliance obligations all ministers have under the various State and Commonwealth Government legislations and community expectations.
Q. Do I have to possess a degree in order to be approved as a minister of the gospel?
A. Whilst education is vitally important and every minister of the gospel should be educated in ministry and theology to some extent, we do not require an applicant to hold a degree in order to obtain a credential. We do, however, expect that every minister should continue their professional education in some form, updating and improving their knowledge and skills in their ministry on a continuing basis.
Q. What are the Conferences, Pastors Days and Training Days advertised on your website and can anyone come to them?
A. Our Conferences and Pastors Days are usually for pastors who hold a credential with us and their key leaders, as well as emerging leaders in their churches. These days usually revolve around a keynote speaker, selected for their expertise and relevance, as well as for the very important aspect of fellowship among pastors. Pastors Days are held in centralised geographical areas as we try to make them available to all our credential holders.
Training Days are more specific. These are held, each with a specific area of ministry in mind, and are mostly by invitation, as we try to keep them intimate and manageable for the guest presenters. If you see a Training Day advertised and particularly desire to attend, we encourage you to contact us and request an invitation. Of course, invitations are at the Executive's discretion.
Q. Why is there a cost for your Conferences and Training Days?
A. We have top quality ministers who are expert in their respective fields of ministry presenting at our events. These people have significant ministry expenses, not to mention the cost of gaining their expertise: we believe a workman is worhy of their hire (1 Timothy 5:18). Also, there are other costs associated with holding such an event. These costs must be defrayed. We believe our Conferences and Training Days are the best value professional development for ministers of the Gospel, in Australia.