Two categories of credentialing status exist for Church of God congregations. The goal of congregations is to obtain full certification in the Church of God movement. In most cases, however, the road to full certification requires provisional credentialing.
The Credentials Manual (2017) positively affirms the provisional status of congregations resulting from new church planting (see section 6.23). In these cases, the local congregation agrees to two wide parameters including: a) working cooperatively with the credentials committee, especially in such matters as calling a pastor and supply preachers; and b) ensuring conformity to the norms set forth for all Church of God congregations (see section 6.11). The local church will also receive counsel on health matters from the State Administrator and/or credentialing committee as well as having periodic reviews as the congregation moves toward obtaining full certification. Congregations seeking certification from other avenues will undergo other measures to determine its viability within the Church of God movement.