Preparing for Ordained Ministry (Holy Orders)

Are you discerning a call to ministry?

At Saint Paul’s we have a vision to plant and grow Anglican churches and Classical schools in California. 

Our mission requires faithful, committed, and enthusiastic men to lead the way. All men are called to ministry as laity serving as husbands, fathers, lay-readers, bible study leaders, and in their secular vocations. 

A few are called by God to ordained ministry. The biblical basis for ordained (or ordered) ministry derives from the Lord’s commissioning of the twelve apostles, as referenced in all three of the synoptic gospels. The continuity of apostolic authority takes on even greater significance and responsibility after Pentecost (Acts 2: 1-13).  Anglicans retain the ancient three-fold pattern of ordaining bishops, priests, and deacons in the church.

Baptized men, having a sense of their call to the diaconate or the priesthood, will proceed through a series of steps to be ordained. These include meeting with the Rector, Vestry, Bishop, and attending Seminary.

 

Ordination Holy Orders Reformed Episcopal Church Anglican Church in North America

Are you interested in ordination?

Contact Rev. Steve Macias (steve@saintpauls.net) for information about discerning a call to the priesthood.

The Ordination Process

Discernment & Preparation
  • Aspirant - Applied and Sponsored by Parish
  • Postulant - Background Checks and Evaluation by Bishop
  • Candidate - Completed Education and Assessments
  • Ordination to the Diaconate
  • Ordination to the Priesthood

Ordination in the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC / DMA)

The Rev. Steve Macias and The Rev. James Gadomski are both clergy of the Reformed Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Mid-America under the Most Rev. Bishop Ray R. Sutton. The diocesan Bishop leads the diocese as Chief Pastor, and the Bishops in Council lead the whole church. The Bishops and the Presiding maintain visible communion with Anglican churches across the world, as well as maintaining fellowship with other faithful Christian churches.

Those aspiring to ordained ministry must, therefore, show a sense of personal call which is then confirmed by the laity and clergy of their local church, with the Bishop making the final decision. They must be examined in order to determine their preparation and fitness for leadership and ministry. And they must have a specific ministry plan that requires ordination to the order to which they aspire.

Ordination in the Anglican Church in North america (ACNA)

As a Founding Jurisdiction of the Anglican Church in North America, and in communion with Anglicans across the world, The Reformed Episcopal church continues the ancient pattern of Apostolic or Historic Episcopal succession. This means that when a bishop ordains, he is continuing a historic laying on of hands that goes back to the time of the Apostles. We also recognize that other traditions ordain people to the ministry of the Gospel but not in historic succession. Persons previously ordained in other traditions will follow the same track as those not previously ordained, but the process will focus more on a call to Anglican ministry and assume and affirm a previous call to Christian ministry.