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Credentials & Divorce/Remarriage

 

We disapprove of any married persons holding ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God if either married partner has a former spouse living, unless the divorce occurred prior to his or her conversion or for the scriptural causes of a former spouse's marital unfaithfulness (Matthew 19:9) or abandonment of the believer by the unbeliever (1 Corinthians 7:10-15), except as hereinafter provided.

 

The Executive Presbytery shall have the authority to determine whether an applicant qualifies for an ecclesiastical annulment.  In such cases there must be clear and satisfactory evidence of deception, fraud, or other conditions which have a profound impact preventing the creation of a valid marriage union, unknown at the time of marriage by the applicant.  The Executive Presbytery shall have the authority to determine whether an applicant qualifies regarding a former marriage when the termination of that marriage is consistent with the scriptural position of the Fellowship relating to the granting or holding of ministerial credentials; or if a former marriage ended prior to conversion.  In those cases involving preconversion divorce they shall be decided on an individual basis just as those that deal with ecclesiastical annulments.

 

Applicant should contact the District Secretary's office to obtain an application.  Should the Credential Committee approve the request, application with documented material would be sent to the General Council for final disposition of the matter.