Vocations: The Pathway for Holy Orders – answering God’s call for your life.

Are you currently serving in your church?
Are you leading a Small Group or Bible Study?
Is your wife fully supportive?
Are you a faithful Giver to your church?

Unfortunately, no. The application process for Holy Orders requires a relationship with a CEC Bishop. After a period of discernment, they will determine whether you are eligible to apply.

Vocations: The Pathway for Holy Orders answering God’s call in your life. 

The Pathway to Ordination into the Charismatic Episcopal Church

Ordination into the Charismatic Episcopal Church

Discover: 

We are aware and alert to those around us whom God is calling to Holy Orders.

Discern: 

We come together as brothers to support those considering the call on their lives.

Development: 

We come alongside to affirm the call God has on their lives and direct them on the pathway of orders to fulfill God’s purpose in their life.


Discover

Step 1: Start at Home

Discovering God’s call on your life is a journey best nurtured within two key communities: your family and your parish. A Call to Ordination into the Charismatic Episcopal Church is a serious commitment; learn to hear God through your family and community.

For married men, seeking your wife’s understanding and support is crucial. Her encouragement and partnership strengthen your path.

Active involvement in your local parish plays a vital role in discernment. Look beyond waiting for ordination and actively participate in service, leadership opportunities, and ministries. Demonstrate your willingness to help and support your community. Commit to your church, where you are at, be a joyful giver.

Remember, waiting for ordination before actively serving may indicate a misalignment with your calling.

Step 2: A Relationship

Becoming a leader in the Charismatic Episcopal Church isn’t just about qualifications; it’s about calling. Unlike other churches, we don’t rely solely on education and experience (resumes) to determine leadership potential. While we appreciate the role of colleges in fostering biblical knowledge and leadership skills, we prioritize personal connection and discernment through prayer. A Call to Ordination into the Charismatic Episcopal Church is just that a calling, a gift.

Building relationships with experienced men of God in your local council is crucial. This spiritual guidance helps uncover your true calling for ministry, whether it’s ordination within the parish or chaplaincy or another form of service. Remember, ordination isn’t the only path to contributing to the church; various ministries don’t require it.

Step 3: Pro-Active

Uncovering God’s purpose for you is a crucial journey of self-discovery. He has uniquely equipped you with talents and passions, shaping your path in life.


Discern

Step 1: Gifts: What do you desire to do?

Discovering God’s calling for you begins with understanding yourself. Ask yourself:

  • What are your natural talents and strengths? What activities come easily to you and leave you feeling energized?
  • What brings you joy and sparks a sense of fulfillment? This could be singing, teaching, creating, helping others, or something else entirely.

Are you called to ordination into the Charismatic Episcopal Church, or are you called to a ministry within the Charismatic Episcopal Church? Remember, God’s call isn’t about filling a church need but about using your unique gifts to fulfill His purpose. While serving as an usher may be helpful, if singing truly ignites your passion, prioritize that!

Think of it this way: God doesn’t need us to accomplish His plans, but He graciously chooses to involve us. By using our talents, we become partners in His work, contributing to the grand story of redemption.

Step 2: Prayer: What has God told you?

The Charismatic Episcopal Church (CEC) believes everyone can and is called to receive direct messages from God. However, recognizing those messages requires spiritual growth, inner peace, and time.

Unlike some traditions, the CEC focuses on hearing God’s spoken words, not just feelings or inclinations. While acknowledging the importance of personal prayer, the CEC emphasizes three additional practices:

1. Corporate Prayer: Participating in communal prayer services allows you to tap into the collective spiritual energy and potentially receive insights you might miss alone.

2. Receiving Prayer: Welcoming prayer from others can open your heart and senses to God’s voice in unexpected ways.

3. Praying for Others: By actively listening and praying for others’ needs, you develop your own spiritual discernment and sensitivity to God’s guidance.

Step 3: Community: Submit your calling to others

In the Charismatic Episcopal Church, collaboration and shared discernment are at the heart of everything we do. We believe that God speaks not only to individuals but also through the gathered community. This means:

1. We seek confirmation and clarity together. Sharing what you believe God has spoken to you with others isn’t a sign of doubt, but a sign of humility and a desire to discern accurately. By receiving feedback and insights from the community, you can gain a clearer understanding of God’s message for you.

2. We break down pride through consensus. When we rely solely on our own interpretations, we risk being influenced by personal biases or desires. By seeking consensus through open, prayerful discussion, we move beyond individual limitations and allow the Holy Spirit to guide the discernment process.

3. Your local community is your launchpad. Your local CEC church should be a supportive, encouraging environment where you can grow in your faith, develop your spiritual gifts, and discern your calling. The community provides a strong foundation, equipping you for the mission God has for you.

Furthermore, the CEC believes that your calling will often emerge within the context of your local community. By actively participating in service, outreach, and other activities, you’ll discover not only how your gifts can bless others but also how God might be leading you to use them in a broader way.


Development

Step 1: Serve: Start serving now in what ways you can and are available

Cultivate the gift of the heart that God has bestowed upon you. If God has destined you for athleticism, would you commit to exercise? If your calling is to become a doctor, would you dedicate yourself to learning?

Take action if you feel called to fulfill God’s purpose in your church and community. Engage in various activities, such as sweeping the floor, teaching Sunday school, participating in the altar as an acolyte, operating audio-visual equipment, setting up chairs and microphones – do everything.

Through active involvement, you will gain insights and firsthand experiences and actively contribute to the ministry. Embrace the journey without being discouraged by modest beginnings, for a well-started endeavor is already halfway completed.

Step 2: Learn: Become a master of your Craft

To dedicate yourself to serving God, focus on studying, reading, defending, and strengthening your faith. Dive into the Bible, and don’t forget to explore the works of the Ante-Nicene Fathers and Nicene Fathers. Prioritize these foundational texts over the latest bestseller from a contemporary mega-church to establish a robust foundation for your faith.

Engaging in teaching is a vital aspect of the learning process. There’s no more effective way to grasp a subject than attempting to teach it. Mastery of our respective crafts is essential, whether we’re doctors, lawyers, electricians, or clergy. Strive to become a master craftsman in your field.

Step 3: Seminary: Which path for you

The Charismatic Episcopal Church provides various paths to pursue seminary education. If your goal is to become a military VA chaplain, you’ll need a master’s degree in divinity. For those aspiring to serve in a parish, you can pursue a master’s degree and attend Saint Michael’s Seminary, take our TUMI courses, or explore other options recommended by your Bishop.

The process of ordination in the Charismatic Episcopal Church differs significantly from the traditional Protestant route leading to the role of a parish pastor. In this calling, you function under the authority of the Bishop, acting as an extension of their ministry. The Bishop may request you to relocate, change your parish assignment, and adjust your liturgical practices, as the liturgy ultimately belongs to the Bishop. It’s crucial to thoroughly comprehend the commitment you are undertaking in this unique ordination process.