A history of Ordination as it applies to
those who enroll at our Center for
Ministerial Studies

    Ordination and consecration
    are ancient rites and
    traditions, transcending
    Christianity by thousands of
    years in the east, in Native
    tradition, within Judaism
    (Psalm 110:4), in Islam and,
    of course, in Christianity.

    In Matthew 16:18, Christ
    declared, "Thou art Peter (i.
    e., a rock), and upon this
    rock I will build my church."
    Roman Catholicism has
always interpreted this to mean that Christ knew that his
earthly life was approaching an end and so he "ordained" or
"consecrated" or "called forth" Simon Peter to become the
temporal ruler of this church.

Catholics consider Peter to have
been the first pope, the head of
the church after Christ's
crucifixion, and that "office" has
been filled in succession, in a
direct line from Christ's
ordination of Peter, ever since. Literally. Christ is said to have
"laid on hands" with Peter, who laid his hands on his
successor, St. Linus, then Cletus, St. Anacletus (Cletus), St.
Clement I, and on and on, right to the present day.
Today's Roman Catholic bishops and priests, Church of
England/Anglican/Episcopalian and some Lutherans have
been touched by hands that were touched by hands that
were touched by hands...all the way back...in an unbroken
chain...to Christ's laying on of the hands with Simon Peter
and the apostles. And, the bishops then laid hands on those
who would become priests and ministers.

    After Martin Luther
    spearheaded the Protestant
    Reformation, things became
    somewhat muddy. Offshoots
    of Catholicism continued to
    ordain priests and ministers
    in a direct line from Peter,
    whereas newly-formed
    congregations "called"
    ministers to ordination
    themselves, starting new
"lines" of those ordained, threads of ordained people which
did not flow back unbroken to Peter and the apostles.

Our Center for Ministerial Education online ordination training
program honors the ancient significance of ordination and
requires that candidates complete a course of study that
provides the framework of a historical understanding as well
as embracing the current ramifications of taking on this
responsibility. You'll also learn how to perform ceremonies,
and we'll give you the basics of spiritual counseling as well
as, for Protestants, how to start a church of your own.
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When you are ordained, its meaning is specific

Ordination through The Love
Church's seminary programs....

  • Ordination through our programs is life-
    long in nature and does not require
    payment of any annual fee to remain
    "in good standing" as is the practice in
    some churches.
  • Our Ordination has been accepted as
    valid throughout the world.
  • Our ordination is in the Apostolic
    Succession.
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Thou are a priest forever...

The Jewish Torah and the
Old Testament both contain
references to a noble king
named Melchizedek.  In
Genesis 14:18, he is
referred to as "priest of God
Most High."  In the Psalms,
King David refers to the
future King of Kings
(or
Messiah) as being "a priest forever after
the order of Melchizedek." (See Psalm
110:1-4.)

Within Christendom, the belief is held that
Jesus is the Messiah who was referenced as
an eternal Melchizedek priest.

It is the policy of non-denominational, interfaith
Love Church World wide that our ordained
ministers (and/or priests) are in fact "priests
forever after the order of Melchizedek."

If you complete our seminary program online
or on-site and are Ordained, that order of
service will be life-long.

We offer world-class continuing education
programs and welcome your participation,
however, these are not required for your
ordination to remain valid.
ORDINATION History and Basics
Ordination -- being "called forth
to serve" your community!

Historically, it often
happened that the
priest was a person
of very high standing
in the community,
frequently enjoying
the same elevated
social position as a
prince or princess.

This is true even to
our own time.  Here
at the interfaith
Love Church
Worldwide, many of us recall the days when we
were affiliated with churches who followed this
ancient practice.  Several of us belonged to
churches whose bishops, district superintendents,
and other high-level leaders were regularly invited to
the parties and banquets of the "lords and ladies" in
our communities.  We have no problem with being
a popular person once you are ordained!
 However,
we see ordination as having been called
forth from a community of faithful to
serve
at least as much as to lead
.  We hope you will
agree with us!