All of us have a vocation.
For some of us, that vacation may take on the expression of ordained ministry. For others, it may be expressed in many possible aspects of spiritual and practical service. This aims to assist those who are interested in the further discernment of their vocation and are considering whether they may wish to present themselves as candidates for ordination in the Eric Michel Ministries International, and those who have already received ordination elsewhere and are considering whether to apply to the Chaplaincy for ministering. For others, lay work may offer a better path to further their faith.
Are you interested in joining our chaplaincy?
What sort of person is eligible?
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 any upper limit for the age of ordinands. It affirms the ministry of people with disabilities.
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 of the Liberal Christianity of the Chaplaincy and the spiritual foundations established in its Canons.
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 includes blue-collar workers, high-level executives and homemakers, to name but a few. They are people who are rightly respected by society, and society, in turn, has a right to expect that a clergyperson will conduct him or herself with integrity.
The Chaplaincy recognizes 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 the 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.
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-stipendary. Most of our clergy support themselves through a combination of ministerial and secular work, although a few do support themselves through full-time ministry.
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 a productive relationship can be assured.
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 College 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.
NB: instant ordination style Universal Life Church or similar, a person can be appointed LAY MINISTER to serve at New Hope Ministry & Missions and work under a close supervision of the Board of Elders and it’s deacon.
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.
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:
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Have earned a high school diploma.
- Be an EMMI member. ($20,00/Year)
- Successfully complete the ordination course and be approved for ordination by the EMMI Board of Directors.
- 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.
- Be personally interviewed by an EMMI Board Member, minister, or a person qualified and approved to conduct the interview on our behalf.
- 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.
- Arrange to have three people who know you, and are not close friends or family, submit confidential letters of recommendation.
- 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.
- Write a paper about your spiritual beliefs.
- 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 coursework 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 ministry in order to be ordained by the 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 a new and donate a re-application fee of $300.
Final, lifetime ordination is granted by laying on of hands by an EMMI Bishop or it’s minister representative at an ordination ceremony. The ceremony normally takes place at an 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 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. The 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.
NEW HOPE MINISTRY & MISSIONS (Clergies that are not Chaplain and/or are Baptist)
The basic qualifications for clergy credentials are:
- A call from the Lord into ministry
- Maturity equivalent to being a spiritual leader
- Agreement with our Statement of Faith
- Character references including a pastoral reference, another minister or elder
Lay Minister training one year, vestments, books, etc., are not included.
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.
We require ministers membership due yearly renewal of 60.00$, for including all lay ministers, ministers and bishops.
For your Ordination, you will need an alb and a lay minister stole, or a minister stole.
Ordination and Credentials for Ministry
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 the 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, and
- to provide an accountability process measured by defined ethical and religious standards.
- Clergy status and specifical 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 honour comes responsibility and accountability.
IUM-Baptist ordination and clergy status within the EMMI is designed to honour ministers in three categories: lay minister, minister and bishop.
Lay Ministers, while fully recognized as clergy, are not expected to perform all of the ecclesiastical services of an 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 less than one year of membership with the 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 minister’s 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 endeavour.
Ordination & Credentialing Qualifications
In addition to ordination and clergy status, we have unique ministry designations that describe what a minister’s a 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.
Cost for the commission, licensing and ordination
Need to be a member class A 20.00$
Seminarian College Degree or
You will need a Certificate in Ministry or equivalent
Lay Degree Programs:
Lay Ministry Program Curriculum:
EMMI Grading System For All Classes
- A+ = 96 to 100% Honour
- A- = 81 to 95% Excellent
- B = 71 to 80% Superior If you have this mark at 1st try B+ / if it is your 2nd try you will get B-
- C = 61 to 70% Average you will need to redo the exam to receive a B- if your mark is 71+, if not redo the program
- D = 51 to 60% Inferior you are required to redo the complete program
- E = 0 to 50 % Failure this is not your vocation