Process to becoming a Clergyperson of Ray Of Hope Church.
The process of Ordination shall begin when a person interested in the program
states verbally to the Director of the Vocational Ministry Training Program,
and followed by a letter to the Ray Of Hope Church Council that he or she
desires to participate in the Ray Of Hope Church Vocational Ministry Training
9.10 Initial Period.
During a minimum of six months, each such person will be expected to be
involved in the life of Ray Of Hope Church, thus providing time for its local
community to become acquainted with the person and the person to become
acquainted with the congregation. Knowing that each person is unique and has
special attributes, needs, desires and concerns, the Director will work with
each to define the level of involvement and the period of time appropriate for
this process. Persons who have been involved with Ray Of Hope Church for at
least six months at or shortly after the time they declare their interest in
the Vocational Ministry Training Program may be able to shorten the six month
period if the Director considers that the local congregation and the person
have already become sufficiently acquainted that the purpose to be served by
the six month period already has been or can be achieved within a reduced
period. When the Council has decided sufficient time has passed to know the
depth of the intentions, sense of commitment and demonstration of stability,
Application #1 will be presented to him or her for completion by the Council.
After it has been completed, signed and returned with all required attachments
the candidate will be known as an Applicant.
9.11 Review of Application #1.
Upon receipt of Application #1 the Council shall review the document and direct
contact with all listed References, obtaining any releases for information as
may be required. If there are complications with release of information, the
Applicant will be informed and shall have sole responsibility to resolve the
difficulty. Any legal or other fees and costs incurred in obtaining this information
is the sole responsibility of the Applicant. If payment is to be made through
the Church, the Applicant shall advance the money needed. Completion of
additional forms may be required of the Applicant during the process of
checking references and documenting facts. If so, the Applicant will complete
and sign them upon the request of the Director. Failure to cooperate with this
process shall result in refusal to admit the person into the Vocational
Ministry Training Program.
9.12 Entry Into Program.
After the fully completed Application #1 has been reviewed by the Council, the
Applicant will be advised by the Director if an invitation to enter the
Vocational Ministry Training Program is to be extended by the Church. If
invited to commence training, the Applicant thereupon shall be known as a
Vocational Ministry Candidate.
9.13 Assignments and Education.
Each Vocational Ministry Candidate will be assigned educational and practical
activities and studies by the Director. Each Candidate will fill out "Ray
Of Hope Church Ministry Training Planners" that outline his or her
involvement in the local extension of Ray Of Hope Church in terms of practical
ministry and assigned leadership. If not already a member of Ray Of Hope
Church, the Candidate will be required to complete membership classes during
the first six months of the candidacy and become a member of Ray Of Hope
9.14 Participation in Vocational Ministry Colloquium.
Among the educational activities in which participation is required is the
Vocational Ministry Colloquium. This commitment, potentially, is life-long. All
Vocational Ministry Candidates, persons holding Temporary Licenses, Licensed
and Ordained pastors, teachers, evangelists, prophets, apostles, Appointed
pastors, Appointed teachers, Appointed evangelists, Appointed prophets and
Appointed apostles are required to participate in the Colloquium. Each
participant is responsible for all Colloquium and other educational and
programatical expenses incurred in the Vocational Ministry Training Program.
9.15 Temporary License.
Upon successful completion of a minimum of four years in the Vocational
Ministry Training Program, or satisfactory proof of equivalent training, the
Vocational Ministry Candidate’s participation and achievements during candidacy
will be reviewed by the Director who, if they are considered satisfactory and
it is determined that the requirements of the Program have been met, shall
recommend to the Council that a Temporary License to practice Authorized
Ministry in public at Ray Of Hope Church be granted. This review and assessment
shall include a written and oral examination with the oral examination being
taken in the presence of the Council at open meetings called for this purpose.
Upon satisfactory completion of the examinations and other requirements, the
Council shall grant a Temporary License and assume oversight responsibility
regarding the licensed person.
9.16 Purpose of Temporary License.
Licensing occurs on a temporary basis (the Temporary License) when it is
obvious to the Vocational Ministry Candidate, Council, Director and the
Congregation that the Holy Spirit has adequately prepared the person for a
testing time of public authorized ministry. A Temporary License will be
prepared that specifies the scope of the licensing and authorized ministry. The
Temporary License will be drawn up by the Council and will be signed and
conferred during a regularly scheduled worship service of Ray Of Hope Church,
after the sermon and prior to the prayers of the people and the offering.
9.17 Authorization Granted.
The Temporary License will authorize the Vocational Ministry Candidate to
perform the duties specified in writing in the Temporary License in public
ministry for a stated period not to exceed one year, and will be considered for
renewal one time or otherwise as determined by the Council. The Temporary
License may be revoked for reason.
9.18 Steps Following Request For Ordination.
Upon completion of the period of Ministry authorized in the Temporary License
and upon request for Life-Long Ordination to public authorized ministry, a
review of the candidate of Ordination shall commence that includes written and
oral examinations, interviews, essays and whatever else the Council deems
necessary to make an informed and spiritually based decision to affirm God’s
Ordination on the life of the candidate, so that Ordination may be recommend to
the entire Body of Christ.
9.19 Timing of Ordination.
Ordination occurs at such time as it is obvious to the Vocational Ministry
Candidate who holds a Temporary License, the Council, Director, and the
Congregation that the Holy Spirit has adequately prepared the Vocational
Ministry Candidate for Life-Long Ordination to public authorized ministry and a
License To Practice Ministry. At such time, Ray Of Hope Church will hold a
public worship service that will include questions from the People Of God,
promises by the Ordination Candidate, the Laying On Of Hands for blessing into
public ministry and the issuing of Ordination Credentials. At this ceremony the
person becomes a "Licensed and Ordained Minister of the Gospel." The
License To Practice Ministry shall be renewed annually, after review by the
Council and input from the congregation. It is possible for a person to retain
Ordination but lose the License to Practice Ministry and thereby be barred from
public worship leadership in Ray Of Hope Church. While Ordination may not be
revoked, License to Practice Ministry may be revoked for a period of time or
9.20 Transfer of Professional Clergy Credentials.
Ray Of Hope Church is not obligated to accept, without question and
investigation, credentials proffered by the one holding them as a justification
for automatic granting of a License To Practice Ministry by Ray Of Hope Church.
Each person shall be entitled upon presentation of Credentials/License/and
Ordination Certificate to a review by the Ray Of Hope Church Council and the
Director of the Vocational Ministry Training Program Director of such
credentials and records. A recommendation shall be made after the review
regarding the issuance of such License as the Council shall deem appropriate.
All standard applications and criteria for Licensing and Ordination shall be
the same for all Clergypersons at Ray Of Hope Church.
9.21 Indications of Commitment to Service of the Lord.
Ordination is not a climatic goal in Ray Of Hope Church. A participant in the
Vocational Ministry Training Program does not sit around and do little until
the day of ordination. Vocational Ministry Candidates are expected to exemplify
a willingness to serve and participate in all aspects of the life of Ray Of
Hope Church. Each Vocational Ministry Candidate may be as involved as any
"licensed and ordained" clergyperson while growing into this level of
commitment through the Program. When ordination occurs it will happen because
it is so obvious to the entire family of Ray Of Hope Church that this way of
life is God Ordained. Ray Of Hope Church teaches that God Ordains a person to
public ministry. It publicly endorses and supports Godís call and Godís
intentions on someoneís Life for public ministry and when this is obviously
what God is doing in a personís life, Ray Of Hope Church will take a public
stand with the person and the Church Community by recommending her or him to
the Body Of Christ in all places and everywhere.
Ray Of Hope Church recognizes, may choose to call, license, and ordain Deacons
and Deaconesses according to the Christian Testament model expressed in Acts
6:1-6, Romans 12:8, 16:1; Philippians 1:1, and 1 Timothy 3:8-15. All believing
Christians are invited to participate in the ministries that the diaconate
gives the Church. Ray Of Hope Church will license, set apart and may ordain
Deacons and Deaconesses by a ceremony of public call and laying on of hands
upon completion of training and discernment of Spiritual Calling. The policies
and standards of the diaconate are outlined in the PMVM.
9.23 Apostles/Bishops/Pastor to the Pastors.
Ray Of Hope Church recognizes and ordains Apostles (Bishops, Pastors to the
Pastors) according to the Christian Testament model as stated in the cited
Scriptures. (Acts 1:20; Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3:1-8; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 2:25; Eph.
4:11; 1 Cor. 12:28; Acts 2:43; 1 Thes. 5:8-24; 1 Peter 5:2,3; Rom. 12:8; 1 Tim.
3:4,5,12) Apostles help establish new churches and new ministries, coordinate
and advise the ministry of Ray Of Hope Church and serve as pastors to the local
pastors. The policies and standards of the Apostleship are outlined in the
Ray of Hope church recognizes, may choose to call, license, and ordain
Evangelists according to the Christian Testament model as stated in the
Scriptures. (Ephes. 4:11; Acts 21:8; 2 Tim. 4:5) All believing Christians are
invited to participate in the ministries that the evangelist gives the Church.
Ray Of Hope Church will license, set apart, and may ordain Evangelists by a
ceremony of public call and laying on of hands upon completion of training and
discernment of Spiritual Calling. The policies and standards of the Evangelist
are outlined in the PMVM.
Ray Of Hope Church recognizes, may choose to call, license, and ordain Prophets
according to the Christian Testament model as stated in the Scriptures. (Eph. 2:20;
4:11; Acts 11:27-30; 13:1-4; Luke 2:36) All believing Christians are invited to
participate in the ministries that the Prophet gives the church. Ray Of Hope
Church will license, set apart and may ordain Prophets by a ceremony of public
call and laying on of hands upon completion of training and discernment of
Spiritual Calling. The policies and standards of the Prophet are outlined in
Ray Of Hope Church recognizes, may choose to call, license and ordain Teachers
according to the Christian Testament model as stated in the Scriptures. (Eph.
4:11; 1 Cor. 12:28; 1 Tim. 3:2; 2 Tim. 2:2, 24; Rom. 12:7) All believing
Christians are invited to participate in the ministries that the Teacher gives
the Church. Ray Of Hope Church will license, set apart and may ordain Teachers
by a ceremony of public call and laying on of hands upon completion of training
and discernment of Spiritual Calling. The policies and standards of the Teacher
are outlined in the PMVM.
Ray Of Hope Church recognizes, may choose to call, license and ordain Pastors
according to the Christian Testament model as state in the Scriptures. (Eph.
4:11; John 10:16, 21:15-17; 1 Pet. 5:2,3; Rom. 12:8; 1 Thes 5:1-24) All
believing Christians are invited to participate in the ministries that the
Pastor gives to the Church. Ray Of Hope Church will license, ordain Pastors by
a ceremony of public call and laying on of hands upon completion of training
and discernment of Spiritual Calling. The policies and standards of the
Pastorate are outlined in the PMVM.
9.28 Clergy Confidentiality.
One of the most sacred duties of all Licensed Clergy of Ray Of Hope Church is
to adhere to the most strict and "traditional" understanding of
Clergy Confidentiality (i.e. "seal of confession). The only persons
allowed to extend confidentiality at Ray Of Hope Church are the Licensed
Clergy. No Ray Of Hope Church participant, therefore, has a right to ask
another participant who is not a Licensed Clergyperson to hold a confidence,
including members of the Council, Leadership Committees, Committees, other
"leaders", or staff persons. The Clergy will expect to receive the
information when asking for it regardless of personal promises made to maintain
confidentiality. This is for the protection of all who attend Ray Of Hope
Church. Clergy Confidentiality is to be maintained even in a court of law in
any country. Confidentiality is no longer mandated when:
1) The Clergyperson
is compelled to reveal the information for the benefit of the safety of Ray Of
Hope Church, Inc., or any of its attendees and participants.
2) The information indicates possible intent to mortally harm oneself, or
another person, or there is an indication of an intent to commit a crime.
3) The information indicates possible awareness or participation in the
physical, mental, or sexual abuse of a minor or of another incapable of consent
as described in New York State Law.
4)The person imparting the confidence reveals the content or import of the
information to any other.
5) The person imparting the confidence waives the privledge of confidentiality
in writing or verbally to the Clergyperson holding the confidence, by virtue of
signed releases of information, or to the person or body which is to be
9.29 Other Gifts
and Callings That May Be Licensed or Ordained for Authorized Ministry.
Ray Of Hope Church celebrates the diversity of ministry gifts the Holy Spirit
may give us at any time. We celebrate Romans 12:5-7; "..so we, being many,
are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then
gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:if
prophecy, let us use prophesy in porportion to our faith; or ministry, let us
use it in our ministering..."
Therefore, the Council of Ray Of Hope Church may recognize other gifts or
callings and license them in the appropriate Christian Testament model. We also
look to many new gifts of ministry yet to come, for Jesus said: "I still
have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now." (John
9.30 Church as Spiritual House.
The Church is the spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5) made of living stones, the
believers, forming the royal priesthood, the chosen people, the Holy Nation,
the Body Of Christ on earth and in Heaven called out to proclaim the praises of
God who has brought us out of darkness into Godís marvelous light (1 Peter
2:4-5, 9). We recognize all believers as equal members in the Body Of Christ,
the church (1 Corinthians 12:12). We at Ray Of Hope Church willingly recognize
and accept the responsibilities of the Priesthood Of All Believers as being an
important factor in the equipping and sending forth the People Of God in
ministry in the Name Of Jesus. At Ray Of Hope Church we maintain that within
the Body Of Christ, the Clergy and the Laity are equal in standing.
9.31 Annual Clergy Credentials Renewal.
In accordance with procedures and standards specified in the PMVM, credentials
as Professional Clergy will be issued on an annual basis. In the month of May
of each year the Council shall survey those persons in attendance at worship
service over at least a two week period to ascertain the level of satisfaction
with the services each licensed clergyperson has provided during the review
period. Other instruments may be used in addition to this survey as deemed
advisable by one or both of the Council and House of Clergy. The purpose of
this annual review is to measure the quality of performance and lived evidence
of the Call of God in the life of each Licensed or Ordained clergyperson. If
the Annual review is favorable, the Council will issue credentials for a stated
time period, preferably June 15 of the year during which the review is
instituted to June 15 of the next year. The Council may exercise any number of
options regarding re-licensing as described in the PMVM.
FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS ARE ALL MINISTRY TRAINING CANDIDATES:
This memo was
originally distributed on March 8, 1998, Updated and revised on April 7, 1999,
and distributed again on December 18, 1999.
Each time it was
distributed to the entire attending Congregation for their review. The
Congregation stands united in all the requirements on this web page, and on the
ones contained in the following memo:
have been confirmed by the Ray Of Hope Church Council in representation of the
Congregation. These are only the very minimum requirements.Other requirements are tailored to individual
educational and experiential needs as outlined in writing for each Vocational
Ministry Training Candidate.
The following are
expectations of all Vocational Ministry Training Candidates.
Attend weekly Bible
Attend one “full”
weekend liturgy service.Currently,
5/25/16, there is one “full worship service” on Sunday mornings at 380 W. 1st
St. in Elmira, NY.The Sunday worship
service is webcast on Skype.Many
weekends this service may also be attended in Syracuse at the home of Robb
Bacon where we have the live webcast through Skype.
Vocational Ministry Colloquium and complete assignments.
Stay in regular
contact with the Director, and pre-announce all absences, this is your
When you are going
to be absent from the Colloquium, send your assignments to the Director in time
for your assignments to be distributed at the Colloquium.
Set appointments as
needed with the Director.
Attend any and all
special worship services planned by Ray Of Hope Church.
successfully complete the Scofield Bible Course. (*5/25/16 – this may not be a
requirement for individualized programs.Not all individualized programs will require the Scofield Bible Course.*)
Be present at the
start of the meetings listed above, be on time – not tardy, and to stay until
the meeting is concluded.
You are responsible
for completing all educational requirements as outlined for your particular
program of progress.
appeal any part of the requirements set for them. Requests for an appeal are
submitted in writing to the Moderator of Ray Of Hope Church Council. The
Council will hear and address the appeal.
discuss the direction of their Vocational Ministry Training at any time with
the Council. Candidates should speak to the Council with all Council members
present. Individual conversations with members of the Council may be
detrimental to successful progress. Candidates are protected by speaking
with the Council as a whole group, and are encouraged to be in regular contact
with the Council.Candidates may request
in writing to conference with the Council as often as needed.
Ultimately, the Ray
Of Hope Council administers all Professional Clergy Credentials for the
Congregation in the Name of Jesus Christ. The more the Council and Congregation
are familiar with the Candidate’s sense of progress, the more they will be
equipped to make the appropriate decisions when the time is right.