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Ordained Ministry with AACC

We welcome inquiries from all who feel they have a calling to serve the People of God in ordained service.  We bar no one in genuine calling to ministry because of gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disabilities
or ethnicity.

For those who are presently ordained and wishing to find a home with AACC, we welcome inquiries from them as well.

In regards to ordained ministry, American Apostolic Catholic Church is guided by the canons found in Book of Common Life.

The role of clergy in relation to the People of God and the specific requirements for ordination or acceptance from another denomination are outlined in the Book of Common Life, which is included below.

Currently, the chair of the Vocations Committee is Father Steve Prokop, Pastor of Servants of Christ in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 
    >All inquires about ordained ministry with AACC should be sent to him. 
     >To accelerate the process of evaluating creditials,
        1) please send copies of all relevent transcripts of academic work,
        2) a statement of any previous ministerial experience,
        3) why you seek ordained ministry (or why you are in ordained
            ministry),
        4) how you foresee your ministry in the future with this church,
        5) a short autobiography which includes a "faith journey" statement.

     >To contact Fr. Steve by e-mail address or to copy his mailing
        adddress, click here.

 

Book of Common Life

Canon XI – Clergy

1. The word "clergy" in these Canons and Bylaws is understood to be persons ordained in one of the three forms of ordained ministry: bishop, presbyter (pastor, priest), and deacon.

2. The various offices of ordained ministry in this church establish no rule of one over the other or over the laity but do establish the exercise of the service entrusted and commanded to the whole Church.

3.Ordination to one or more of the three forms of ordained ministry is indelible.

4. Presbyters and bishops shall preach and teach and administer the Sacraments in conformity with the Confession of Faith of this church and shall lead lives worthy of the holy offices of the ordained ministry. Deacons shall assist in the life of congregations and ministries and this church’s mission in conformity with the Confession of Faith of this church and shall lead lives worthy of the holy offices
of the ordained ministry.

5. Clergy shall exhibit commitment, fidelity and faithfulness in their entire lives by demonstrating commitment, faithfulness and fidelity to the Church and this church, to the specific ministry to which they are called, in their relations with others in this church, and with those with whom clergy minister, and in their personal lives and relationships.

6. Clergy are subject to the discipline of this church, exercised through the diocese, with appeal to the national assembly, in accordance with these Canons and Bylaws. Clergy shall be responsible to the bishop and diocese in which their congregational membership resides.

7. Each member of the clergy shall be a member of this church. Failure to retain membership in this church shall constitute resignation from this church by that member of the clergy.

8.Each member of the clergy has the right to petition this church by petitions addressed to the diocese of which that member of the clergy belongs, for response by the diocese or, at the discretion of the diocese, for forwarding to the assembly of this church.

Specifics for Deacons

9. Deacons represent to the Church its calling as servant in the world. By struggling in Christ’s name with the myriad needs of societies and persons, deacons exemplify the interdependence of worship and service in the Church’s life. They exercise responsibility in the worship of the congregation, for example by reading the Scriptures, preaching, and leading the people in prayer. They exercise a ministry of love within the community. They fulfill certain administrative tasks and may be elected to responsibilities for governance. They may serve in the educational and social ministry life of the congregation and this church.

10. A candidate for ordination as a deacon shall have the recommendation of that candidate’s diocesan Commission on Vocations and the approval of that diocese in assembly, or if the diocesan assembly so chooses in the case of certain candidates, by that diocese’s diocesan Council.

     a. A candidate for ordination as a permanent deacon shall be required to complete
         suitable theological training of at least two years duration as approved by the
         diocesan Commission on Vocations following mandates and guidelines
         established by this church in assembly.

     b. A candidate for ordination as a transitional deacon shall meet the requirements
          for the ordination as a presbyter. The minimal time-period for services as a
          transitional deacon shall be six months and normally not exceed eighteen
          months except with the approval of the diocesan bishop and diocesan Council.

11. The ordination of a deacon shall normally take place at a congregation but may take place elsewhere if circumstances obtain and the bishop of the diocese consents. The ordination shall be performed by the bishop of the diocese, with a presbyter, deacon, and secretary of the diocesan council assisting in the ordination services. If circumstances obtain and the candidate’s bishop consents, another bishop of this may serve as the ordinator.

Specifics for Presbyters

12. Presbyters serve as pastoral ministers of Word and Sacraments in a local eucharistic congregation or in a mission, order, monastery, chaplaincy, institution, agency, or other work of this church as provided in these Canons or approved by the diocesan bishop and the diocesan board of the diocese to whom the presbyter is responsible. They are preachers and teachers of the faith, preside at the Sacraments, exercise pastoral care, and, if called by a congregation, bear responsibility for the task of discipline within that congregation to the end that the world may believe and that the entire membership of the Church may be renewed, strengthened, and equipped in ministry. The presbyter is shepherd and servant of the parish or the mission. Presbyters have particular responsibility for the preparation of members for life and ministry.

13. A candidate for ordination as a presbyter (pastor, priest) shall have the recommendation of that candidate’s diocesan Commission on Vocations and the approval of that diocesan assembly. A candidate for ordination as a presbyter shall be required to possess a Masters of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary, or two years of an approved theological course of study and a bachelors degree.

14. Ordinations of presbyters shall normally take place at an annual diocesan assembly but may take place elsewhere if circumstances obtain and the bishop of the diocese consents. The ordination shall be performed by the bishop of the diocese, with a presbyter, deacon, and secretary of the diocesan board assisting in the ordination services. If circumstances obtain and the candidate’s bishop consents, another bishop of this church may serve as ordinator.

Specifics for Bishops

15. Bishops preach the Word, preside at the Sacraments, and exercise leadership in such a way as to be representative pastoral ministers of oversight, community, and unity in this church and in the Church. Bishops are shepherds and servants of this church and to their respective dioceses. Bishops have pastoral oversight of the area to which they have been called. They serve the apostolicity and unity of the Church’s preaching, worship, and sacramental life. They have responsibility for leadership in the Church’s mission. They, in communion with the presbyters and deacons and the whole community, are responsible for the orderly exercise of and orderly transfer of ministerial authority in this church.

16. A candidate for ordination and consecration as a diocesan bishop shall have been elected by the diocese that bishop shall serve as provided in the Bylaws to these Canons and the Bylaws of the diocese and shall be approved by this church in assembly in order to be consecrated and take office. A candidate for election as a diocesan bishop or presiding bishop shall normally possess (1) a Masters of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary, and (2) one-quarter of Clinical Pastoral Education or a Masters degree in counseling, clinical psychology or related field, but in all cases shall be a presbyter or bishop of this church, and have served a minimum of three years in ordained ministry in this church or in another Christian church body prior to this church’s ratification of these Canons.

17. Ordinations and consecrations of bishops shall normally take place on Sundays or on feasts of Jesus Christ or on feasts of apostles and evangelists. The Presiding Bishop of this church, or a diocesan bishop appointed by the Presiding Bishop, shall serve as ordinator, with at least two other bishops serving as co-consecrators. Representatives of the bishops, presbyters, deacons, and laity shall serve in appropriate roles in this service.

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