Celtic Anabaptist Ministries
Minister Ordination in the Celtic Anabaptist Communion
To begin the process of minister ordination in
the Celtic Anabaptist Communion, please read
the following information and then go to the
next page and complete the minister ordination
Our Communion seeks to include and minister
to all different kinds of people and to the
various streams and traditions within
Christianity. Therefore, if you obtain minister
ordination in the CAC, you may have a ministry that reaches far
and wide and into the deep rivers of the faith.
The minister who ordained and consecrated me, Archbishop Rodney Rickard, is recognized as an archbishop in the historic Apostolic Succession; therefore, if you are ordained in this Communion by a bishop with laying on of hands, you would be recognized by many Catholics and Anglicans as also being in this Apostolic Succession, and you would be able to minister to those who hold these beliefs. However, I strongly believe that the true Apostolic Succession consists in following the faith of the apostles and has nothing to do with who laid hands on you. Biblical evidence and scholarship show that "elder," "bishop," "pastor," "presbyter," and "overseer" are all synonymous terms for one and the same office. Monarchical bishops, being a historical development, can be traced back to the second century. Thus, apostolic succession and the historic episcopate are ancient forms of ministry and can be beneficial to the church -- provided that apostolic teaching is upheld and maintained. Still, the only two Biblical offices are pastor and deacon.
I also believe any local group of believers, no matter how small, has the right to ordain or license a person to the ministry, with or without the presence of other clergy. The CAC will thus allow and encourage this practice. Further, no ordained person coming from another denomination into the CAC will be required to be reordained.
Please note, however: The CAC is not an ordination mill, nor do we accept credentials given by ordination mills.
To obtain minister ordination in the CAC, or licensing herein, you must complete the ordination questionnaire. A calling to ministry is a high and serious calling. When God calls a person, He does so without the permission or requirements of man. The best and most that man can do is affirm, recognize, and record that calling.
Policy on minister ordination in the CAC allows for ordination by a variety of methods (Note: In Acts 14:23 the word "appointed" or "ordained" can mean (1) to stretch out the hand, (2) to appoint [ordain] by show of hands or (3) to appoint or elect [or ordain] without regard to the method. Source: NIV Study Bible).
So, now, if you're ready to apply for minister ordination in the CAC, click on the link at the top or click the "Questionnaire" button in the NavBar.