At Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc. careful consideration is given as to how the Ministerial Credentials Program is established. It is our intent to make sure that all things are accomplished in the AMA Program according to the scriptures. It is not our goal to establish new trends in credentials programs in the church of God; instead, our aim is to put in place those things that are lacking by a close examination of God's Word; thereby making manifest the total array of ministerial gifts. (1Cr 12:28 "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues".) All of the functions given here (1 Cor. 12:28) are necessary for the perfecting of the saints of God. It is evidence that all of the individuals working under the Chief Apostles and traveling with them were not all preachers; but all were considered to have a ministry. (Romans 16th Ch) We have added Minister of Staff to the AMA Ministerial Credentials Program to properly certify those whose calling is to help and administer. For we are told that the least of those working in the vineyard is just as important as all the others who have desired the grater gifts.
Among the several things required of the individual to qualify for a Minister of Staff License, a candidate shall be a member of any local church and recommended by that local church Pastor and Senior Elder, upon the request of the Apostle and/or Chief Elder, which he will become staff to. The applicant must be certain of a definite call to Gospel work and must have completed the prescribed study program. The recommendation must be in writing and signed by the Pastor and Church Elder, and shall list all of the qualifications of the candidate.
The training requirements for the Minister of Staff, shall be as specified in the Ministerial Credentials Program of Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc. The candidate must have had the Water Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ and have received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. He must, efficiently read and write and possess the required communication skills; having a total commitment to Administer no other gospel than the gospel of Jesus Christ according to the Apostles' Doctrine. There are no age requirements for obtaining a Minister of Staff license under the AMA banner, except in those states where a certain age is mandatory to conform to its laws.
Ministers holding the Minister of Staff License are assigned to the Apostle/Chief Elder and Senior Elders of AMA, to assist and support them in the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In support of the Senior Church Ministers they shall be responsible for all helps and administrative tasks, which are necessary; and shall include planning, coordinating, scheduling, programs, logistics, security, and transportation and other helps which may be necessary in the AMA Ministries. Those desiring to become Ministers of Staff must be willing to travel with the Chief and Senior Elders without undue hardship on the church or their families.
The Chief Elder's Office shall provide a standard list of questions, Intended to be answered by the candidate. This list of questions shall be sent to every church conference, and the Senior Elders shall be requested to ask these questions in an oral interview with every candidate for a Minister of Staff License. The Conference of Elders, in consultation with the Chief Elder, shall provide a continuing education program for licensed ministers of all Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc. Churches. The Conference of Elders shall also, be responsible for implementation and supervision of the CEU (Continuing Education Units) Program.
All Licensed Ministers of Staff must participate annually in the AMA continuing education program. (2 Timothy 2:15). Any minister failing to meet this requirement may be required to show forth why he should not forfeit his credentials.(2 Thessalonians 2:15)
Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc. accepts the transfer of credentials from other denominations where all the necessary requirement can be met by the transferee. The Conference of Elders board has authority, with the approval of the Chief Elder, to recommend credentials to ministers from other denominations who meet the ministerial requirements of the AMA Ministerial Credentials Program. Where all requirements have been met to the satisfaction of the Chief Elder, The finalizing of credential transfers may be completed and the minister assigned to the Senior Elder requiring his support.