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October 9, 2020

Waxahachie, TX | Stephanie Van Wyk

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) held its 14th annual Credentialing Day on Thursday, October 1. This special day allows Assemblies of God district leaders from across the United States to join together in educating SAGU students on the processes and responsibilities of receiving one’s pastoral credentials.

“There’s a synergy that happens when our students engage such moments of encouragement in their destinies, and these leaders always leave amazed and enthusiastic about what they see in the rising generation.” – Dr. Mike Clarensau, Dean of SAGU’s College of Bible and Church Ministries.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event faced unique challenges and the question was raised about whether Credentialing Day would be negatively affected. However, reflecting on the event, Dr. Clarensau believes that the limitations of social distancing and personal contact over the past several months actually had a positive influence on the event. “Both students and district leaders seemed excited by the opportunity to engage one another,” he said.

Before breaking out into groups to meet with district leaders, the day began with a stirring message from North Texas District Secretary-Treasurer, Rev. Gregg Headley, who emphasized the importance of accepting God’s mission. He challenged students to make an impact for God regardless of the vocation or work industry that they have been called to serve.

At SAGU, ministerial credentialing is a feasible option for all students due to the university’s Bible Core Curriculum which is a core component of every student’s academic journey at SAGU. Once completed, students have the opportunity to apply for pastoral credentials with the Assemblies of God (AG).

Psychology major, Peyton Robertson, was one of many students to attend this year’s event. He expressed his newfound excitement to go through the credentialing process, stating, “I’m excited to start the classes and become an advocate for God and his gospel.” Peyton hopes to use both his degree and his credentials to counsel married couples and families.

All in all, Dr. Clarensau shared that this year’s Credentialing day was a success with an estimated 165 students in attendance. This is approximately a 20% increase in student participation from last year. SAGU also welcomed new leaders from the Tennessee and Texas-Louisiana districts.

As a leading Christian university, SAGU educates and prepares individuals who want to serve Christ and others. SAGU helps students discover and develop their God-given callings in a Spirit-empowered, learning community.

We believe in affordable tuition, made possible in part through the financial support of donors who embrace the mission of SAGU and the importance of affordable, accredited programs to train Christians for leadership in ministry, business, education, and service.

Most majors are available in-person in Waxahachie, TX, and online through a wide range of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

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