Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) held its ninth annual Credentialing Day on Thursday, September 24, in Sheaffer Center's Mundt Room hosting 133 students and 9 districts.
Dean of the College of Bible and Church Ministries Dr. Mike Clarensau said, "District leaders come at their own expense and enthusiastically build relationships with students." He continued, "It's a blessing to have the districts partner with us to make this possible."
Credentialing Day allows students to meet with district representatives regarding ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God. The representatives are predominantly district officers such as, the secretary-treasurer, the district superintendants, and other office personnel. Students have the opportunity to sit with the leader of the district of their choice as they share the process of receiving credentials and answer student's questions.
A total 133 students participated in the event and 9 district representatives were present including: Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Texas, Oklahoma, Rocky Mountains, South Texas and West Texas, as well as, students representing Alaska, California, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northern California/Nevada, Ohio, Pacific Hispanic, Pen Florida, South Carolina, Southern Central Hispanic, Texas Gulf Hispanic, Wyoming and Barbados.
This opportunity is not only available for students going into full-time ministry, but also for any student of education, business, history, media and other liberal arts majors wanting to incorporate ministry into their careers.
SAGU students graduate with 24 hours of Bible classes, immediately qualifying them to take an exam to receive licensed ministerial credentials.
Dr. Michael Clarensau said, "For the future of Credentialing Day we would like to recognize the students that are in the process of receiving their credentials and possibly highlight them, so that they become more visible to the campus and community." He continued, "We are looking for more ways to add to the event and make it more significant."