The First Requirements to be a Minister:
A burning desire to love God and all people!

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”

~Luke 8:17

Unlike large religious institutions such as the Catholic Church or the Anglican Church, a person seeking ministry as a believer in the Mystical Way must grow in consciousness in order to be ordained.

Large religious groups need qualifications that can function for large communities. We understand the need for those kinds of rules. Just like graduating from college, it’s pretty black and white as far as if you completed the requirements to graduate. Being ordained a minister from our perspective though requires much greater personal involvement.

Have you ever wondered why in Matthew 16, Jesus spontaneously declared that Peter was to be to the one on whom He would build the first church?

And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father/Mother who is in Heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on Earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven.”

In that moment, Peter is chosen because of his consciousness. He has demonstrated by his openness to Divine Revelation the ability and willingness to hear the Truth from within. We also know that Peter had a tremendous love for Jesus and dedication to follow Christ. He may not have always known what that meant, but the attitude was there.

In the first stages of ministry (Minister Deacon), attitude and willingness are essential. Becoming a Deacon is not merely about handing out prayer books and volunteering at the bake sale. A Deacon is one who has vowed the remainder of their life in service to God. As such, that person has to grow in consciousness to demonstrate they are certain this is what they want.

In the Mystical Church of Christ, the opportunity to train for the Diaconate is offered to those who have been students of a Priest or Teacher. Through sufficient time being guided by a more experienced minister, the initiate is tested. Tests are not orchestrated by the Priest but they emerge naturally choreographed by God.

It’s as though the person has said, “Yes, I want to be a minister!” and God hears the prayer. One could image God responding…”Let’s see how committed you are to your idea of the ministerial life…” and thus some difficult circumstances ensue that provide the opportunity to choose.

If the idea of trials and tests like this irritate you, it is unlikely the ministry will work. Trials and tribulations, though not the basis for ministry, are great ways to facilitate rapid growth. By relying on our faith when things get hard, we demonstrate the very things we will need to teach others.

Ministers in Training are provided more intense spiritual exercises, exercises which help move their focus away from themselves and onto giving more to others. This is another key requirement: one must be willing to humbly learn how to love all souls.

Training for the first level of ministry can last a few months to a few years. The key is the willingness on the student to face those aspects of their ego that resist the higher consciousness. The resistance comes because parts of us, the parts persuaded by ego, don’t want the responsibility to give and serve unless it is convenient. It often isn’t!

In reality, it’s a very personal journey to prepare for ordination and no two candidates will face the same obstacles. For example, one person might find they get easily irritated when asked to listen for long periods to a soul in need. Another might enjoy that but be angered when asked to set up the altar for early morning Communion.

In time, these things shift and the person softens. A Deacon is a soul who has faith and trusts those leading them. This is one who loves to give because they love God, Jesus and Mary and want to be a pleasing presence on Earth to aid in the Mission of Humanity’s Redemption.

Ultimately, a person training for ordination will find their inner connection to Self becomes more real and more consistent. They will know the Truth with greater certainty and if they follow the Word Within, they will transform permanently and the earthly suffering so many people face daily will gradually diminish.

Does this sound like you?

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