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Ordination
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In general religious use, ordination is the process by which individuals are
consecrated, that is, set apart as clergy to perform various religious rites
and ceremonies. The process and ceremonies of ordination itself varies by
religion and denomination. One who is in preparation for, or who is undergoing
the process of, ordination is sometimes called an ordinance. The liturgy used
at an ordination is sometimes referred to as an ordinal

Non-denominational
In Christianity, the term non-denominational refers to those churches that have
not formally aligned themselves with an established denomination, or remain
otherwise officially autonomous. This, however, does not preclude an identifiable
standard among such congregations. Non-denominational congregations may
establish a functional denomination by means of mutual recognition of or
accountability to other congregations and leaders with commonly held doctrine,
policy and worship without formalizing external direction or oversight in such
matters. Some the idea of a formalized denominational structure as a matter of
principle, holding that each congregation must be autonomous.

Non-denominational is generally used to refer to one of two forms of independence:
political or theological. That is, the independence may come about because of a
religious disagreement or political disagreement. This causes some confusion in
understanding. Some churches say they are non-denominational because they
have no central headquarters (though they may have affiliations with other
congregations.) Other churches say they are non-denominational because their
belief structures are unique.

Members of non-denominational churches often consider themselves simply
"Christians". However, the acceptance of any particular instance on a doctrine
or practice (for example, on baptism), about which there is not general unanimity
among churches or professing Christians, may be said to establish a de facto
creedal identity. In essence, this would mean that each non-denominational church
forms its own unofficial "denomination" with a specific set of tenets as defined by
the beliefs and practices of its own congregation.

Ordination of women
The ordination of women is often a controversial issue in religions where either the
office of ordination, or the role that an ordained person fulfills, is traditionally
restricted to men, for various theological reasons.
At EMMI we ordain women.
Eric Michel Ministries International Ordination (Protestant)

Like most Protestant churches, ordination to the ministries office is the rite by which we:

  1. Recognize and confirm that an individual has been called by God to ministry,
  2. Acknowledges that the individual has gone through a period of discernment and  
    training related to this call, and
  3. Authorizes that individual to take on the office of ministry.

For the sake of authorization and church order, and not for reason of 'powers' or 'ability',
individuals in most mainline Protestant churches must be ordained in order to preside at
the sacraments (Baptism and Holy Communion), and to be installed as a called minister
of a congregation or chaplaincy.

For the Methodist Baptist denominations we have an office of bishops installed into the
"office" (that is, the job) of bishop.

We also have al tier of ministers. Those who graduate from a
Bible College or take a year
of prescribed courses are Licensed Ministers. Two more years of courses or graduation
from a
seminary or theological graduate school, will result in one becoming an Ordained
Minister.
TIMELINE BEFORE ORDINATION
  • Our goal is to train you for ministries and this is your path to reach any rank at          
    Eric Michel Ministries International
  • Two possibility of work A) The Chaplaincy Ministry or B) The New Hope Ministry and
    Missions.
Year
To
Course/Training
Ordination
Ranks
0
1
Certificate
Lay
Minister
Seminarian
1
2
Diploma
Deacon
 
2
4
Bachelor
Minister
Junior Chaplain
5
6
Master
 
Senior Chaplain
6
7
Doctorate
  Master
Chaplain
     
Bishop
Deputy Chief
Chaplain
       
Chief Chaplain
      Synod
Bishop
 
     
Archbishop
Chaplaincy
Commander
Deacon
N.B.
Ordination at any level need
To be requested it is not automatic.
You can ask it for yourself
Or anyone else, that is a right
To any class "A" member
That meet the qualifications
Before Ordination all future Minister for EMMI  need the in house training at no charge (Free)
It is a series of 4 courses and technical practice in ministries.
Students who have completed a Bachelor Degree by FoJS/BA from RTTM can apply to be ordained.
They will have to completed four courses as shown here.

Advantages     
  1. Association of other like-minded Spirit-anointed leaders
  2. Licensing, ordination and certification
  3. A commitment to anointed living
  4. Job placement in our own ministry
Code
Name of Course
Credits
ORD01
Church Administration
10
ORD02
Church Rituals
10
ORD03
Church Ministries
10
ORD04
Church Canon Law
20
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Total
Ordination Program
50
Timeline
  1. From 0 to  1 year : Seminarian or Lay Minister
  2. From 1 to 2 years: Seminarian to Ordain Deacon in Ministry
  3. From 2 to 3 years: Deacon in Ministry to Ordain Minister
Ordination Courses Workshop
Note: We Take it very seriously and we DO NOT ORDAIN as an online church, it is a very serious matter.
It have no shortcuts for ordination. Serious candidates only will apply. The ordination process  include an
appropriate effort in education and
ministerial training

We work with you to become a trained and licensed minister, with ordination through Eric Michel  Ministries Int'l.
Under the Canon laws any person can serve as a ceremonial minister for weddings, funerals, commitment
ceremonies, house blessings and other rites with approval of the church's board, after proper training and
certification.

We are reaching out to all people and ordaining ministers from all over the world.  We hope to spread Christianity
around the globe. Religious tolerance and understanding is important. We believe in freedom of religion, the right
of every person to choose and practice his or her own denomination.  You can be an associate member in
Eric Michel  Ministries Int'l and be ordained if you believe: in Christ and you agree to spread the word of
Christianity in your own way, your actions and beliefs should not conflict our code of ethic and our oath. We
volunteer and serve where we see a need.  We are using the Internet a modern technology to bring more
people to God by ordaining Christian Ministers.  

To be ordained begins with the candidate first  acknowledging God's call to the ministry and then begins the
process of examination that leads to ordination of the candidate for an exciting opportunities for ministry.  The
examination should conclude that  the individual is indeed called by God and has demonstrated that he is able
to provide leadership for the church. It must also be determined that he is Spiritually Grounded.

Once the examination is complete with the assurance that the candidate meets the requirements to enter as
seminarian the candidate then assumes full responsibility of God and the capacity for the ministries.

Seminarian is the church’s tentative approval for a man to serve until he has proved himself qualified for ordination.
The practice of granting a license to a minister the following steps are usually taken:

  1. The person to be licensed makes it public to the church and expresses his belief that God is calling him to         
    the ministry.
  2. He request from the church to grant him ordination.
  3. The church then votes to grant the ordination or not.
  4. A “Certificate of License”  is filled out and presented to the minister.

Denominational Christianity
We at Eric Michel Ministries Int'l explicitly reject the idea of a formalized denominational structure as a matter
of principle, holding that each congregation must be autonome. We refer to the form of theological independence.
More detailed information on criteria used in accepting applicants for ministry or lay pastor training will be sent with
the application form, and potential students are advised.

Selectors look for:
  • Practical knowledge of at least one of these denominations: Christian Orthodox, Christian baptist, Christian
    Methodist, Christian  Evangelist
  • Several years' practical experience of the life of congregation
  • Sense of vocation
  • Ability to communicate well in English, French if ministering for French Members or vice versa
  • Stability in one's personal life
  • Good general level of education and cultural knowledge
  • Willingness to minister to the full range of Christian beliefs
  • Willingness to undertake recommended courses

Ministers wishing to pursue in-service training,and lay people exploring the possibility of general theological
education, should contact the Board of Elders directly
The further discernment of their vocation, and are considering whether they may wish to present themselves as may
Are you interested in joining our chaplaincy or ministries?

What sort of person is eligible?
  1. The Chaplaincy ordains both men and women to Holy Orders equally. It does not discriminate on the ,         
    grounds of sexuality or marital status, and does not require celibacy from its clergy. It does not impose              
  2. The Chaplaincy respects that its clergy may hold different opinions on issues of theology and ministry.     
    However, all applicants for ordination must be actively accepting the Christianity of the Chaplaincy and               
    the spiritual foundations established in its Canons.
  3. The clergy is composed of extremely varied individuals. There is no one "type" to conform to, and indeed           
    the diversity in the clergy reflects the diversity of humankind. Nor is any particular background favoured           
    over another. Good clergy include blue-collar workers, high-level executives and homemakers etc. They            
    are people who are rightly respected by society, and society in turn has a right to expect that a clergy          
    person will conduct him or herself with integrity.
  4. The Chaplaincy recognises that ministry expresses itself in diverse contexts. It will ordain both those who           
    are called to a traditional congregational ministry, leading a chaplaincy, as well as those whose vocation is
    predominantly solitary. The Chaplaincy is a sacramental community, and those seeking ordination to the     
    ministry are expected to be committed to regular celebration of the worship.  Newly ordained clergy are           
    given temporary faculties for their first year, which is probationary, and on satisfactory completion are      
    advanced to regular faculties thereafter. All clergy are expected to maintain, and grow, their ministries            
    which must be tangible and have an active expression.
  5. All applicants must be fully self-supporting. The Chaplaincy does not pay stipends to clergy or cover their  
    expenses. All clergy are unpaid, voluntary and non-stipendiary. Most of our clergy support themselves                   
    through a combination of ministerial and secular work, although a few do support themselves through                 
    full-time ministry (This is for the Canadian Chaplaincy Only)
  6. The Chaplaincy is highly selective concerning the men and women admitted for ordination. It looks for                
    the personal and spiritual qualities that will lead to a successful and valuable independent ministry                  
    within the Chaplaincy, and the resilience to cope with what can at times be a lonely and challenging vocation.        
    Above all, it looks for a good fit between the applicant and the Chaplaincy, so that a long-term and productive
    relationship can be assured.
  7. All candidates need to take courses from a bachelor degree or equivalence.
  8. Promotions are base on merits and scholarly and work achievements

Even if your equivalence is approved, you will still need training before your certification.

NB: Lay Chaplain cannot exceed rank  higher than Senior Chaplain and can be reach in 2 years and a lay
Chaplain in 6 months.
All seminarians, ministers, chaplains
MUST be a class "A" member.

Incardination
Men and women who have been previously ordained may apply for incardination to the Chaplaincy.
The procedure is as follows:

  • Completion and submission of the application form according to the instructions on the form submission              
    of copies of all certificates of ordination and postsecondary academic study, including formal and informal
    theological training submission of a criminal record clearance, submission of Letters of Excardination from        
    the previous Chaplaincy.

  • Applicants for ordination or incardination will be asked to attend an interview with a member of the                
    House of Bishops or a representative appointed by them. They will be asked to explain their path in           
    ministry to date, and their reasons for believing that they are suited to ministry in the Eric Michel         
    Ministries International. They will be asked to redo their vows. They may be required to complete       
    additional educational prerequisites if their previous ministerial education indicates gaps, and it is                  
    usual for applicants from the mainstream denominations to be required to complete academic work.               
    They must demonstrate a sufficient foundation in matters of faith and ministry. A period of formal        
    discernment is usually required.

  • Clergy who have served ministerially at a level equivalent to a bishop in Chaplaincies which are not  
    in the Apostolic Succession may apply for incardination according to the procedure above, but with the
    understanding that if they are accepted, they will either be sub conditionally re-ordained in the Apostolic
    Succession, or admitted to a pastorate.

  • The Chaplaincy does not accept ministerial credentials from Internet based Churches or similar that offer
    "instant ordination" or ordinations that are 'purchased' as fulfilling the requirements for incardination,
    regardless of their legality or the genuineness of the ministry of the person concerned. All clergy have
    to follow one of our programs

  • The Chaplaincy will only accept the incardination of bishops in particular circumstances. No person,
    whether or not he or she has been consecrated bishop, may be admitted to the College of Bishops
    until he or she has served satisfactorily for a time in the Eric Michel Ministries International, including
    bishops of the Interdenominational Assembly of Churches.

Ordination
Men and women who have not been previously ordained may apply for ordination in the Chaplaincy.
The procedure is as follows:

Completion and submission of the application form according to the instructions an applicant must:

  1. Be at least 21 years of age.
  2. Have earned a high school diploma.
  3. Be a EMMI member. ($20,00/Year)
  4. Successfully complete the courses and be approved for ordination by the EMMI Board of Directors.
  5. Submit an application form through the mail or email. You are to submit the following with the application         
    form: a signed copy of the EMMI Statement of Faith and Non-Hatred Pledge, your resume, and a paper    
    about your spiritual journey and call to ministry.
  6. Be personally interviewed by a EMMI Board Member, minister, or a person qualified and approved          
    to conduct the interview on our behalf.
  7. Give us permission to run a criminal background check on your name. This is mainly to protect us from      
    lawsuits if one of our EMMI-ordained ministers commits a serious crime in connection with his or her  
    ministerial duties.
  8. Arrange to have three people who know you, and are not close friends or family, submit confidential letters         
    of recommendation. (NOT BY YOU directly to us.)
  9. Have at least three contacts either in person or by telephone with a liaison assigned by the EMMI       
    Ordination Committee. This is to get to know you and for mentoring.
  10. Write a paper about your spiritual beliefs.
  11. Donate $500 for a non-refundable application fee. You may pay this fee with an initial agreed-on amount         
    and in installments, with the full fee due prior to ordination. The cost of books is not included.

The reading and writing assignments may be shortened for people who are already ministers with knowledge
and experience, on a case-by-case basis. The application fee may be reduced to $150 for people who are
approved by the
Ordinand Approval Committee and Board of Directors for a fast-track program with      
significantly reduced course work requirements.

Important Note: Donating the application fee does not guarantee that ordination will be granted! The EMMI is
not a mail-order ordination mill; this is not a “pay to get ordained” offer. If you are looking for a quick way to get
ordained without effort and study  look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you are looking for a credible ordination
that will build your knowledge and abilities and which you will be proud to put on your resume, we encourage you
to go through the study process of the
EMMI ordination program. We have a serious educational program
which must be taken seriously and completed by the applicant in a way that demonstrates learning and readiness
for Christian ministry in order to be ordained by
EMMI.

For a part-time student of the
EMMI ordination program (e.g., someone who has a full-time job), it will typically
take one to two years to complete. Applicants with no formal education in ministry are required to take at least
a year to complete the program (in order to allow significant time for interaction between the candidates and their
mentors), and are required to attend at least one
EMMI-sponsored event. Applicants have up to three years to
complete the program. If it is not completed within three years of initial application date, the applicant must begin
the process anew and donate a re-application fee of $500.

Final, lifetime ordination is granted by laying on of hands by a
EMMI minister(s) and Bishop(s) at an ordination
ceremony. The ceremony normally takes place at a
EMMI annual conference but may be arranged for a
different time and location if necessary, on a case-by-case basis.

All ordinands are required to show completion of an acceptable level of education, in addition to a sufficient
foundation in matters of faith and ministry. This requirement may be satisfied in full or in part by previous
education and experience. For those who need to complete their educational requirements.

All ordinands must be able to demonstrate competency on the altar or complete altar training. This is achieved
through attachment to the Chaplaincy, where the ordinand will be expected to undertake regular duties and receive
training from an experienced minister or bishop.

The Chaplaincy practices ordination in the Christian Apostolic Succession through the laying on of hands by a
bishop in a public, open service.

Lay work and serving
Many people are just not called to the ordained ministry for any number of reasons. EMMI has numerous valuable
and worthwhile roles for those in this position. There are also several groups that have needs for people in this
category. If you have any questions before applying, please
contact us.

Ordination & Credentialing Qualifications
Ordination is the process that we, as a Christian Chaplaincy and Ministerial fellowship, use to recognize called
and fully equipped ministers. However, not everyone comes to us fully equipped and therefore do not qualify for
Ordination status. In these cases, we commission or license ministers based on their level of equipping and
experience. Commissioned, licensed and ordination designations are fully recognized as clergy status and give
ministers the legal protection needed to function.

The basic qualifications for clergy credentials are;
  1. A call from the Lord into ministry
  2. Maturity equivalent to being a spiritual leader
  3. Agreement with our Statement of Faith
  4. Character references including a pastoral reference, another minister or elder
  5. Request the Application

Cost for commission, licensing and ordination
Need to be a member class A                         20.00$ (NB: Will be 60.00$ after ordination)
Seminarian  Lay Minister Christian                 Depending if it is Bach, Master or Doctorate
Chaplain Training                                           500.00$

(Donation could change without notice)

Lay Minister in chaplaincy training one year, vestments, books, etc., are not includes.

Signatures and addresses of 25 members or more of the denomination, excluding clergy and their families,
petitioning to register you as a minister of the denomination in
EMMI.

We require ministers membership due yearly renewal of 60.00$, for including all lay ministers, ministers
and bishops.

For your Ordination you will need a alb and a lay minister stole, or a minister stole.

Ordination and Credentials
Ordination and Clergy Credentialing is man’s method of acknowledging what God has already completed in
the life of a man or woman. It is the recognition of someone gifted and called by God to a particular dimension
of ministry of the Lord.

The purpose of issuing ministerial credentials such as ordination to prepared and qualified candidates is:
  • To establish a recognition of those called to specific ministries of the Christian faith,
  • To make available a qualification process by which leadership may recognize and endorse such person,
  • to provide an accountability process measured by defined ethical and religious standards.

Clergy status and specifically ordination is the highest recognition that a church can bestow on a minister.
If you want to become a minister with the recognition of commissioned, licensed or ordained please understand that
along with this honor comes responsibility and accountability.

Ordination and clergy status within
EMMI are designed to honor ministers in three categories:
  1. Lay minister,
  2. Minister and
  3. Bishop.

Lay Ministers, while fully recognized as clergy, are not expected to perform all of the ecclesiastical services
of a ordained minister. They are credentialed as supportive or beginning level ministers and allowed the
opportunity for training, ministry experience and further development into a unique ministry. Accountability and
quarterly reporting are required ingredients for all ministers and used in the evaluation, renewal and upgrade
process.

Ministers are fully recognized as clergy, but have a greater level of experience, equipping and responsibility
than lay ministers. However, they still do not carry the full responsibility of an ordained bishop. Accountability
and quarterly reporting are required as is a more clearly defined ministry. Ministers are recognized as fully
equipped ministers that have proven leadership capabilities. With certain life experience exceptions, the
ordination credential will not be awarded with less than one year of membership with
EMMI. This allows the
initial character investigation as well as the accountability, quarterly reporting and annual renewal processes
to give an accurate portrait of the ministers life and calling.

Professional accountability, quarterly reporting and the annual renewal process are required and significant
ingredients in our clergy credentialing system. Being set apart for the work of the ministry is a highly responsible
endeavor.

Ordination & Credentialing Qualifications
In addition to ordination and clergy status we have unique ministry designations that describe what a minister’s
primary ministry is.

Attend a Regional Event
Our communication system, which includes quarterly reporting and an annual renewal as part of the relations is
mandatory for all ministers. Ordination and clergy credentialing with no reporting, no expiration or no disciplinary
procedures in place have very little value.

EMMI Ordination Program
Confidential Letter of Recommendation

This is a cover page for one of the three required letters of recommendation that must be submitted for an
applicant for ministerial ordination from
EMMI.  This cover page must be signed by the applicant and then
given to someone who knows the applicant, whom the applicant wishes to submit a confidential letter of
recommendation in support of his/her suitability for ordination.

To the Recommended:  Your letter of recommendation should include your name and address, be at
least 300 words, and answer all of the following questions:

  1. How do you know the applicant?  What is your relationship with him/her?
  2. How long have you known the applicant?
  3. How well do you feel you know the applicant on a personal level?
  4. Do you believe the applicant has a suitable moral and ethical character to serve in ministry?  Please           
    explain why or why not.
  5. Do you believe there are any aspects of the applicant’s personality or abilities that may need extra attention,
    which could be helped through a mentorship?  Please explain.
  6. All things considered, do you recommend this person to become an ordained minister in EMMI, if he/she
    successfully completes the study and training program?

Important: You must not share your letter of recommendation with the applicant, or else it will be considered
invalid by
EMMI and disregarded.  EMMI will not reveal your letter to the applicant or anyone else, so please
speak candidly and honestly.

Please staple or attach your letter to this cover page and mail it to the following address:

EMMI Baptist Chaplaincy & Fellowship
ericmichel@ericmichelministries.com
or
Eric Michel Ministries International
78 George St Suite 204
Ottawa, Ontario. Canada K1N 1W5

To the Applicant:  Please read the statement below and sign your name affirming it (Include it in letter or email)

“I hereby give permission for the attached letter of recommendation, which I have not and will not see, to
be confidential between the recommended and the
EMMI Ordination Committee only.”