Greetings in the name of Jesus! We're Glad You Reached out to Us Today and we're grateful for your prayerful interest in considering Ordination with The Diocese or Society.
Ordination in Historic Succession or "Holy Orders" is the rite in which God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to those who are being made bishops, priests, and deacons through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. Each of the three-fold orders carry with it a unique ministry to serve God's people, the Church, and the community.
Please note that vestments and clergy shirts are optional attire for our deacons and priests.
are called to a special ministry of servanthood directly under their bishop to serve all people; particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely. Deacons interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.
A deacon is to study the Holy Scriptures, to seek nourishment from them, and to model their life upon them. Deacons are to make Christ and His redemptive love known, by word and example, to those among whom they live, and work, and worship.
They assist the bishop and priests in public worship and in the ministration of God’s Word and Sacraments, and carry out other duties assigned to them from time to time.
At all times, a deacon's life and teaching are to show Christ’s people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself.
are preparing for ordination as a priest. Before being ordained as a priest, they are first ordained as a deacon and typically serve as a deacon for, at least, one year prior to their ordination as a priest.
are called to work as a pastor, priest, and teacher, together with their bishop and fellow priests, and to participate in the councils of the Church. In the diocese, the terms "presbyter" and "priest" are used interchangeably.
Priests are to proclaim by word and deed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to fashion their life in accordance with its precepts. They are called to love and serve the people among whom they work, caring alike for young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor. Priests are to preach, to declare God’s forgiveness to repentant sinners, to pronounce God’s blessing, to share in the administration of Holy Baptism and in the celebration of the Eucharist, and to perform other ministrations entrusted to them.
In all they do, priests are to nourish Christ’s people from the riches of His grace, and strengthen them to glorify God in this life and in the life to come.
Cinture, & Stole
Cinture, & Stole
The Gift of Apostolic Succession is the historic unbroken connection with Christ and His Apostles, by the “laying-on of hands”- (Acts 6:6, 1 Timothy 5:22) transferring Christ’s Apostolic authority and ministry from Jesus Himself, through His succeeding Overseers (bishops) of every proceeding generation, up until our current day. So we are part of the “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church” (the words of The Nicene Creed)
We recognize the “gift” of apostolic succession to the Church, and are celebrants of this ancient tradition (not doctrine), followed by our brothers and sisters of the past. Together, we are a part of a universal "Communion of Saints" (past and present followers of Jesus) united in God through Jesus Christ.
The Process to Ordination in Historic Succession
Transfering as a Minster From a Church or Denomination not in Historic Succession:
We’re very excited about your interest in transferring to our Diocese or Society! Let us be clear, we already regard you as a true minister of the Gospel of Jesus. None the less, we believe that there is an anointing of grace in Holy Orders and we believe it's an important rite in our communion of churches, and you probably feel the same way since you are thinking about transferring to our Diocese or Society.
This process depends on your ministerial experience and your biblical and theological knowledge. Most often, the process is streamlined. Ministers transferring from Charismatic, Evangelical, and Pentecostal churches will usually need to increase their knowledge in the sacramental dimension of the Gospel, and grow in experience, knowledge, and theology of liturgical practices. This isn't intended to be an arduous process. Most transferring ministers experience it as an adventure in liturgics. Any in case, our bishop will gladly guide you through obtaining Holy Orders.
Please contact Bishop Wayne and he will gladly set up a phone or skype visit with you to share more about transferring to the Diocese or Society.
The Process for those who are matriculating or graduated from Ministerial School:
We're grateful that you are considering obtaining Holy Orders in the Diocese or Society. We would love to encourage and help you fulfill the calling and vision that the Lord is putting in your heart.
Your process to ordination would typically forego the one year discernment process, and would begin with a mutually agreed on period of time for "Nomination" and "Postulancy" that would lead to Ordination. During this time you would continue to serve in your present ministry, or you could begin to serve in a new ministry.
The Process for those Beginning to Consider Holy Orders:
We give thanks to the Lord that you are exploring giving your life to God in a vocation of Christian ministry. When one feels that they are called to be ordained as a deacon or priest, they enter a process of discernment. This is a time of prayer, reflection, dialogue, and study to discover the direction to which one is feeling called by God. It is a formational journey done in community, under the oversight of the Bishop and the discerner's pastor. Sometimes this journey might lead a person to understand that they are called to serve God through other means than Holy Orders. Many other times, this reflective process will confirm and strengthen the call to Holy Orders.
Some things to know about Holy Orders
It typically begins with one year of discernment
It is a process of personal and professional development in partnership with the Bishop and/or his assistant(s).
It is done under the direction of Bishop Wayne Boosahda and your local parish pastor (if applicable)
It is a vow taken for life
If You Are Ready, Please Download Application for Holy Orders