This classification is provided for those newly called ministers who are in the process of answering a call to ministry. These candidates will be recommended by their Pastor or other Communion Minister who have been observing the candidate’s life and obvious call to ministry. The candidate must be in good standing in their own local church and be living an exemplary life. The candidate accepted into this program will be expected to complete a course of study outlined by the Bishops Council. The candidate will be accountable to a ministerial mentor to be assigned by the Bishop holding jurisdiction. Typically, this will be a two-year program, unless progress merits graduation into the Diaconate sooner. During this time, segmented course material must be completed and the minister must be actively participating in public preaching, teaching or other ministerial activity. Persons in this status may also have recognized ministries such as hospital or prison chaplaincy, etc. Individuals in this category carry the title “Minister”.
Licensed Ministers and Deacons share the same sacramental responsibilities and limitations. Licensed Ministers are not eligible to hold the offices of Presiding Bishop or Moderator.
Our ordained clergy are divided into 3 classifications - Bishops, Elders and Deacons.
Holy Orders (Ordained Clergy)
The Episcopacy (The Order of Bishops)
A Bishop is called by God and the Church to be a shepherd who feeds the flock entrusted to his or her care. A Bishop is an overseer of the flock and as such is called to propagate, to teach, and to uphold and defend the faith and order of the Church willingly and as God leads – not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to his care, but being a wholesome example to the entire flock of Christ (1 Peter 5:2-3). These requirements are in addition to the requirements set forth for Deacon and for Elder. Bishops are consecrated for the whole Church and are successors of the Apostles through the grace of the Holy Spirit given to them. They are chief missionaries and chief pastors, guardians and teachers of doctrine, and administrators of godly discipline and governance. All Bishops in the Convergent Christian Communion are elected from among the Presbytery.
Individuals in this category carry the title “Right Reverend” or “Right Reverend Father”, “Right Reverend Mother” or more simply “Bishop”.
Bishops shall administer the Rites and Sacraments (including Ordination) of the Church. They shall be teachers and preachers of the faith. Bishops carry full clergy responsibilities and privileges and may be elected to any office in our Communion.
All Bishops with jurisdiction have a seat on the Bishops Council. Bishop shall serve this Communion until they reach the mandatory retirement age, resign or are removed from office.
The Presbytery (The Order of Elders)
The Elders of the Church are those persons who have been called by God to ministry, have successfully completed the necessary requirements for ordination to Presbytery and have been approved for Ordination by a Bishop of the Convergent Christian Communion. Individuals in this category carry the title “Reverend,” “Reverend Elder,” “Reverend Father” or “Reverend Mother.” Elders shall administer the Rites and Sacraments (except for Ordination) of the Church. They shall be teachers and preachers of the faith. Elders carry full clergy responsibilities and privileges and may be elected to any office in our Network.
Collectively their "college" is referred to as the "presbyterium", "presbytery", or "presbyterate."
Elders are permitted to serve in any position they choose within the church including but not limited to Pastoring, Communications, Christian Education; serving as a Counselor or Chaplain or; leading a music, campus, prison, charity, justice and advocacy ministry.
The Diaconate (The Order of Deacons)
As outlined in the New Testament, the office of deacon is a historic ministry of service and aid within the local Christian Church. Within the Convergent Christian Communion, the Diaconate can be transitional and permanent. All individuals desiring to be an Elder must first be a Deacon. Often times Deacons are the administrators of the church, participating in the ordering of services or leading a ministry outreach to the community.
The Deacons of our Communion are those persons who have a recognized call of God to vocational ministry, have successfully completed the necessary requirements for ordination to the Diaconate and have met with and been approved by the Bishop for ordination. If an individual is already ordained by a Network, local church or denomination, in some cases the Bishop may recognize the ordination as valid. Individuals in this category carry the title “Reverend Deacon”.
Deacons are authorized to perform the Sacrament of Baptism and all rites.
Deacons can serve the church in any position within the church but that of Pastor (including Assistant, Associate, etc) they may serve the church in the following areas Communications, Christian Education; serving as a Counselor or Chaplain or; leading a music, campus, prison, charity, justice and advocacy ministry.
Deacons are not eligible to hold the offices of Presiding Bishop or Moderator but may serve in any other office in leadership.
Our ministers are tent-makers in the tradition of St. Paul. Like St. Paul, we continue to live and work in the world while at the same time we seek to build up the body of Christ on earth. Some of our clergy are married or partnered and some are not; some may choose celibacy and others do not.
The Convergent Christian Communion does not offer wages or salaries to our ministers; we are missionaries in the sense that we act on faith in trying to establish church plants, missions, ministries and faith communities wherever we can gather the people. We are entrepreneurial. We take chances and we commit our time, talents, and treasures to the building up of the body of Christ. Like Christ, we seek to serve rather than to be served.
The people that seek to minister within our network should have the same spirit of mission and commitment that the first Apostles and disciples had.
They should be desirous of changing the world for the better, by showing people that Christ is for all - not just a select few.
They should be willing to give of their time, talents, and treasure without expectation of financial recompense.
They should be nonjudgmental, open, and accepting of all people regardless of circumstance.
They must be able to follow the greatest commandment of all, that we love God and love one another as Christ loves us.
They must feel a call to ministry and be prepared to discern their calling.
The call to ministry in a Communion such as the Convergent Christian is a call to a new vision of what it means to be a church. It requires people who are prepared to act with boldness and in faith. Is this you?
If you feel that you may be called to the ministry, we invite you to contact us to discuss the matter. All contacts and information are kept strictly confidential.
No matter where you live, we would love to hear from you. We would love to see missions, ministries and faith communities in each State in the US and all over the world.
Do not let distance deter you.
Do not let doubts deter you.
Do not let past experiences with larger churches deter you.
Do not let race, denomination, gender, sexuality or marital status deter you. Let the Holy Spirit be your guide and follow your heart.
Ready to join our journey?
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