Church of Tzaddi

Experiencing the infinite, loving, co-creative presence of the Divine

Minister Program

After Spiritual Healer Counselor,  you may go on to the next Vocational Expression program level, the Minister program.

The root of the word minister is service. In our faith tradition the essence of the office of ministry is simply the choice to be present, receptive, and engaged as the Divine reveals itself. Through your presence you invite this awareness in others whom you serve along the way. You care for souls and attend to sacred passages with compassion.

As for the manifestation of the office of ministry—its outward expression—we are living in a time of change, in which spiritual helpers are needed in many different walks of life. Being a minister does not necessarily mean having a pulpit and a congregation. You can act as a minister through many different types of activities. Choose one or more areas of focus for your Minister program to reflect your interests and the needs of those whom you serve:

  • Spiritual growth
  • Education
  • Community service
  • Healing & reconciliation
  • Support & encouragement
  • Witnessing
  • Work place presence
  • Surrender
  • Prayer & forgiveness
  • Relationship transformation
  • Worship
  • Congregational care
  • Other (you propose)

You will be learn about conducting sacred ceremonies and administering sacraments, and can choose after graduation whether to offer such services as part of your ministry.

The essential skills for this level are taught in the class Caring for Souls.  After the Caring class you move into the Practicum part of your program, as described below.

  • 1. Welcome phone call with your Vocational Counselor
  • 2. Read Religion for Dummies Parts I Religious Basics (111 pp), IV Religious Ethics (54 pp.), and VI Tens (16 pp) and Storycatcher by Christina Baldwin, pp. 193 – 215, “The Possible God”
  • 3. Pay $175; write and turn in your three page personal story: How did you discover a direct connection with God

  • 4. First phone session with your Vocational Counselor
  • 5. Pay $175; turn in your first draft of your five page essay describing your spiritual calling, your focus in spiritual healing and counseling, and your skills development goals

  • 6. Second phone session with your Vocational Counselor
  • 7. Pay $175; start working on your 20 session practicum; turn in practicum session write-ups #1 – 5

  • 8. Third phone session with your Vocational Counselor
  • 9. Welcome phone call with your Reflective Practice Counselor
  • 10. Pay $175; keep working on your Caring for Souls practicum vision and plan, and when you are ready, do the project work serving others; edit and polish your three page essay about the Caring for Souls project, then turn in your final draft

  • 11. Fourth phone session with your Vocational Counselor
  • 12. Welcome phone call with your Skills Examiner
  • 13. Pay $175; turn in Reflective Practice session prep sheet; read Min Lesson 002 Sacerdotal Functions & Services (PDF file below for download)

  • 14. First phone session with your Reflective Practice Counselor
  • 15. Pay $175; revisit your first draft of your five-page essay, revise it as needed, edit and polish it, and turn in the final draft

  • 16. Fifth phone session with your Vocational Counselor
  • 17. Pay $175; turn in Skills Demo prep sheet

  • 18. First Skills Demonstration session with your Skills Examiner
  • 19. Pay $175; start working on your Attending Sacred Passages practicum: vision and plan a sacerdotal function or sacred rite in keeping with your vocation and the needs of those whom you wish to serve, and turn in the first draft of your three page essay about your Attending Sacred Passages project

  • 20. Sixth phone session with your Vocational Counselor
  • 21. Pay $175; turn in Skills Demo prep sheet

  • 22. Second Skills Demonstration session with your Skills Examiner
  • 23. Pay $175; turn in Reflective Practice session prep sheet

  • 24. Second phone session with your Reflective Practice Counselor
  • 25. Pay $175; keep working on your Attending Sacred Passages practicum vision and plan; when you are ready, perform the ceremony/attend the sacred passage; edit and polish your three page essay about the Attending Sacred Passages project and turn it in

  • 26. Seventh & final phone session with your Vocational Counselor
  • 27. Pay $175; turn in Skills Demo prep sheet

  • 28. Third & final Skills Demonstration session with your Skills Examiner
  • 29. Pay $175; turn in Reflective Practice session prep sheet

  • 30. Third phone call with your Reflective Practice Counselor
  • 31. Contemplate and write your personal vows
  • 32. Pay $175; turn in Reflective Practice session prep sheet

  • 33. Fourth & final phone call with your Reflective Practice Counselor
  • 34. Ordination ceremony & celebration with family & friends
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