DOCTRINE AND CREDENTIALS

The Doctrine and Credentials Commission assists our partner churches in identifying “healthy” pastoral leadership by overseeing a comprehensive credentialing process for those aspiring to be ministering among us. As well, the Commission seeks to protect our Association by staying abreast of theological developments and errors making recommendations when necessary. Finally, the commission is called to promote our statement of faith-- to celebrate it, teach on it, and call our pastors and churches to an ongoing fidelity to it.  Our Commission members are as follows:

National Coordinator of Doctrine & Credentials: Glenn Rider, glenn@agcofcanada.com

The Doctrine and Credentials (DocCred) Commission is passionate about:

  1. the Bible and theology,
  2. upholding and promoting our Statement of Faith, and
  3. participating in the credentialing process with new applicants and the ongoing doctrinal affirmation of our AGC pastors.

 1And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

1 Corinthians 2:1–8 (ESV)

 

The mandate of the DocCred Commission (at all levels) is threefold:

Mandate #1:  Credentialing

 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.                                         2 Peter 3:17 (ESV)

  1. To ensure that those who are credentialed with the AGC are doctrinally, philosophically, and ministerially compatible with the AGC.
  2. To ensure that churches desiring to join the AGC are viable and compatible with the AGC in terms of doctrine, standards, structure, and policy.
  3. To conduct thorough investigations of those who are, or desire to be, credentialed in the AGC and have a history that includes unfaithfulness, divorce, and/or remarriage.

To fulfill this mandate, the DocCred Commission is empowered to screen all applicants for credentialed ministry in the AGC. Step 1 is to complete the self-test questionnaire. Once the STQ is approved, the ministry application and reference forms will be sent to you.  Once they are approved, a doctrine and credentials can be arranged by request from an interested church.

To assist in the credentialing process, the Commission will invite other credentialed men and women (particularly for interviewing women at the Certificate of Ministry stage) to participate on Interviewing Teams.

Mandate #2:Theological Protection

23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Colossians 1:23 (ESV)

The DocCred Commission’s responsibilities in this area include:

  1. Staying abreast of current theological trends and controversies being ready to speak to them or provide guidance when necessary.
  2. Facilitating the reaffirmation of our statement of faith by every credentialed pastor in the AGC on a bi-annual basis.
  3. Investigating situations in which there are claims of moral or doctrinal failure on the part of credentialed individuals, or AGC churches, and when necessary, to make recommendations to the National Board regarding the revoking of credentials.

Mandate #3:  Doctrinal Promotion

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 4:1–2 (ESV)

Because we believe that truth is important, the DocCred Commission will endeavor to:

  1. seek to discover ways to celebrate our statement of faith, keeping it at the center of our Association life and gatherings.
  2. seek platforms to teach and promote our statement of faith, exhorting our pastors to guard it and uphold it.
  3. seek platforms to teach and warn about doctrinal error or theological systems which run counter to our statement of faith.

 

13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me,

 in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit

who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

2 Timothy 1:13–14 (ESV)