Rules for ordination
The rules for ordination are determined by Senior Council. However, the rules for ordination are not necessarily the same in every diocese since each presents its own needs and expectancy of clergy.
Rules for Ordination in the Anglophone West
Check with your minister for rules pertaining to your area. Generally speaking the rules for the Anglophone West (Western countries where English is at least a second language) are the following:
What is Senior Council?
Church of the East has no typical hierarchical management structure. Each community is a self-governing registered body on its own, owns its property in its own name, and cares for its own. Every Church of the East community adopts the same Constitution and/or By Laws, holding to the same tenets of faith and doctrine. Communities are governed by their elected representatives. However, in terms of ordination for clergy, their training and licensing, there is one central body in charge--Senior Council.
Senior Council consists of elected and delegated members of senior clergy from all over the world. Although the Council meets formally only once in for years its members are in regular contact with one another.
Who ordains clergy?
God elects and ordains candidates for the ministry. If it so happens that one is Called to serve in the ministry according to the Tradition of Church of the East, Senior Council is charged to oversee the training and preparation for the ministry. Ordination is effected once preparation is complete and all requirements were satisfied.
Ordination is always officiated by a senior minister of Teacher standing, licensed by Senior Council. These senior ministers share information about prospective ordinands with Senior Council long before the actual ordination. One's Teacher will not officiate an ordination without permission and blessing of Senior Council.
Who is in charge of a minister?
The minister takes employment with his/her local community. The minister's employers are in charge of all aspects of employment although in line with general guidelines adopted in the by-laws. The minister reports to her/his employer regarding day-to-day issues.
Senior Council acts as a licensing and regulatory body with regards all ministers within the Church. Ministers therefore report to the Teacher or his/her deputy in a particular area.
Who serves Senior Council at this time?
The following members presently serve Senior Council
Contact Senior Council through your local minister or Teacher. Senior Worldwide Council is neither the head of the Church or a final authority -- this position is fulfilled by Yesu our Lord. Senior Council is the central licensing authority for clergy, and provides opportunity for all dioceses to convene and discuss issues of importance to the various self-governing areas under the banner of Church of the East.
The following types of clergy positions are presently ordained:
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