Those seeking to become deacons, priests, or bishops in the Evangelical Apostolic Christian Communion must satisfy the ordaining or receiving bishop of their suitability and readiness for ministry.
1.) All Ordination applicants must be of legal age of twenty one (21) years or older.
2.) I pledge in all truthfulness that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and that I am called of God to be Celtic Christian Minister or Priest.
While there are normal and usual requirements, any or all of them may be waived at the discretion of the bishop. The bishop in turn must consider the guidance and opinions of the other bishops and the Church as a whole.
Bishops are admonished to exercise care in discerning the suitability and readiness of applicants for ordination. All too often, ill-prepared candidates to independent churches have been accepted for Holy Orders and become ineffective (and in some cases counterproductive and downright scandalous) clergy. At the same time, we do not want our bishops to be bound by legalism. Requiring many years of seminary training has not prevented mainline churches from being saddled with lazy priests, poor homilists, ambitious bishops, and child molesters among their clergy.
It should be noted that the following requirements are the minimum for ordination. For clergy seeking certification in specific fields (military chaplain, hospital chaplain, for example), further requirements will be imposed. Ordination does not automatically qualify one for these certifications.
I. You must be Christian
First and foremost, we expect our clergy (like the Apostles) to be followers of Jesus. Non-Christians, no matter how learned or eloquent, need not apply. We expect our clergy not only to believe in Jesus as the living Son of God, but also to have acted upon that belief by giving their lives to Christ. That means a conscious effort to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, adopting his attitudes and (inasmuch as possible) following his example. All of us fall into sin occasionally, but those who are habitual, unrepentant, public sinners are not suited for ordination
b) Evangelical Apostolic Christian Communion Ordination is not offered to those whom unrepentantly teach or practice lewdness, homosexuality, pornography, polygamy etc., or who support beliefs that are contrary to acceptable and established true Christianity.
This in turn requires that one be as familiar as possible with the One we are to emulate. This requires familiarity with the Scriptures, especially the Gospels. Applicants should have gone beyond just reading the Gospels to a deep and prayerful study of them, absorbing the words of Christ and reflecting on their application to our lives and the lives of those to whom we minister. Whether this was done in a seminary setting, in weekly Bible study sessions, or in private is immaterial (although interaction with others studying the same passages can be extremely valuable). Whatís important is that our clergy have an insight into the mind of God through familiarity with the words and actions of Jesus.
II. You must be Catholic
Secondly, since we are a Catholic Church, applicants should be "catholic" Christians. That means that in addition to the common Christian beliefs contained in (for example) the Nicene Creed, applicants should have an appreciation for the Apostolic Succession, should believe that the seven sacraments are a means used by God to impart grace, and should believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. (Note that this does NOT require acceptance of the legalistic formulations in the relatively recent Roman Catholic doctrine of transsubstantiation.) Since one of the primary duties of Catholic clergy is the administration of the sacraments, thereís no sense becoming a Catholic priest if one does not believe that sacraments can really "do" anything. Likewise, why become a priest if one believes that it doesnít make any difference and that it doesnít empower one to make Christ present for his people at the Mass? Likewise, it would be hypocritical to seek the sacrament of Holy Orders if one believes that this act cannot confer grace nor empower or change one.
III. You must be called
The third requirement is that this Catholic Christian person has received and accepted a call to the ordained ministry. There are many wonderful ways for Catholic Christians to serve Godís people in "unordained ministry." This includes teaching, volunteering at soup kitchens, counseling, even preaching. While opportunities for preaching are greatly expanded by ordination, they exist for others as well. A desire to preach, by itself, should not be considered a good reason for ordination beyond the Diaconate. The office of deacon is valued highly in the Church. It predates the Christian priesthood and should in no way be considered subordinate or inferior. It is different. Those who feel they are being called to ministry must at some point decide if they are being called to ministry as a priest, a deacon, or a layperson. Just because some churches require you to be a priest in order to do almost anything in the church doesnít mean we have to follow that same practice ... and we donít. Being a counselor, for example, requires lots of education, training, and experience. But it doesnít require Holy Orders.
The call to ordained ministry as a priest or bishop is essentially a call to administer the sacraments and to evangelize. "Go therefore and make disciples of those in all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Unless one has a desire to celebrate Mass for Godís people, she or he should not seek the priesthood.
IV. You must be educated
The fourth requirement is education. In order to fulfill their duties as confessors, counselors, and homilists, members of the clergy must be highly educated. The course are below one can complete to become a priest with the Evangelical Apostolic Christian Communion.
Spiritual Formation: The Life God Blesses by Gordon McDonald, The Celtic Way of Prayer by Esther de Waal, Stories of the Celtic Soul Friends, Their Meaning for Today by Sellner, Edward
Old Testament Survey: Concise Old Testament Survey by J. Hampton Keathley III Online Resource
New Testament Survey: Concise New Testament Survey by J. Hampton Keathley III Online Resource
Church History: Church History In Plain Language Updated 2nd Edition (Paperback) by Bruce L. Shelley
Christian Theology: Christian Theology: An Introduction (Paperback) by Alister E. McGrath
Evangelical Studies: The Way of the Master, by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron, the School of Biblical Evangelism by the same authors, How to be Born Again" by Billy Graham
Preaching, Studies: How to Prepare Sermons by William Evans, Dear Pastor, If the Sheep Could Speak by Ralph Reynolds, and Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson
Liturgical Studies: The Study of Liturgy, rev. ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992) by Cheslyn Jones, Geoffrey Wainwright, Edward Yarnold, Paul Bradshaw, eds.
Holy Orders: Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church, rev. ed. (Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books, 1991) by Joseph Martos,
Biker Studies: Riding the Crossroads" by Herbie Shreve
Gothic Studies: Embracing the Darkness; Understanding Dark Subcultures by Corvis Nocturnum
Celtic Studies: Bede Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, (Online Resource), Liturgy and Ritual of the Celtic Church by F. E Warren Online Resource), The Culdees of the British Isles by William Reeves ( Online Resource)
Written or Oral Examination which is given by the disgression of the Local Bishop Ordinary or Presiding Bishop if there is no Diocese coverage.
V. You must be trained
The fifth requirement is sufficient training so that the candidate is equipped to properly, reverently, and inspirationally celebrate Mass, perform weddings and funerals, deliver outstanding homilies, and administer the sacraments. This is the one requirement that cannot be done by correspondence. The candidate must convince the bishop, usually by demonstration, that she or he is ready to perform these duties. This requirement can be at least partially fulfilled by submitting a videotape of the candidate preaching a couple of sermons and performing various liturgical functions. We put more emphasis on preaching or homiletics than is usually the case in the Roman Catholic Church (although not as much as in the Baptist Church, for example.) The focus of the Mass is the altar, not the pulpit. It is on Jesus, not the celebrant. Still, we believe that there is too much poor preaching in Catholic churches, where the participants at Mass are sometimes treated like a captive audience. We owe our people better than that, and we therefore insist that our clergy be accomplished and powerful preachers. Candidates for the priesthood must have their own Sacramentary and Lectionary, and must know how to use them. (See the listing of clergy supplies.) We suggest that candidates for the priesthood do some private "practice Masses" to become familiar with the rubrics, the page-turning, and the flow of the Mass. They should be ready to celebrate their first public Mass immediately following ordination.
These then are the basic five requirements for clergy in the Evangelical Apostolic Christian Communion: (1) They must be Christians; (2) They must be Celtic; (3) They must be called to the ordained ministry; (4) They must be educated which we will provide the training ourselves and (5) They must be adequately trained for their duties in the Church.
When the ordaining bishop determines that these requirements have been met, then it is time to plan for the ordination celebration.
We generally prefer that ordinations take place with the worshipping community of the candidate. As in the early church, we see a community putting forward candidates to minister amongst them. The clergy come from the people; they are not chosen by the hierarchy and imposed upon a local congregation. In a real sense, it is the people who ordain. The bishop merely ratifies their choice and administers the sacrament.
There are cases, however, where the candidate has no worshipping community, but will be building one from scratch after ordination, perhaps in a new location (like a missionary would). In such cases, ordination can take place at a suitable location chosen by the bishop, probably a vibrant parish which agrees to host the celebration. The candidate (or candidates) for ordination are encouraged to bring friends and family to support them. We also do ordinations at church synods held once or twice a year.
Most ordinations (like weddings) are performed on Saturday (and for most of the same reasons). Many are performed Sunday morning at the principal Mass of the host parish. It's up to the host parish and the ordaining bishop.
The candidate must have certain items ó some of which are needed in the ordination ceremony, and others which are needed for their continuing ministry. Most of these supplies are available from Autom (800) 521-2914. The following list gives the Autom catalog number, price, and description of recommended items (generally the most reasonably priced) for candidates for the priesthood. Where a catalog number is not given, there are generally several to choose from. Deacons use the same alb, cincture, and shirt. Their chasuble and stole are different. See the catalog for more information.
Requirements of License Ministers are
A licensed minister is one who is involved in part-time ministry, whose ministerial calling and gifts have been formally recognized by the board of the Evangelical Apostolic Christian Communion, and who does not meet the requirements for ordination. But who may want to be minister within the Evangelical Apostolic Christian Communion and may use it as way to be ordained as Priest within the Church.
Must have a definite call to ministry as set forth by God in Ephesians 4:11,12 and be at least 21 years of age
Must be active in ministry on at least a part-time basis.
Must return the completed application
Licensed Minister may were clerical as Postulants for Holy Orders, they have to let people know that they are licensed ministers of the EACC.
we can issue you a license as for the following
Certified Biblical Studies Instructor (Available at several levels)
Certified Christian Worker
Certified Sunday School Teacher (Available at several levels)