Priesthood General Academic Training Requirements 

·       An accredited advanced degree, or demonstrated graduate education equivalent, in any field.

·       An accredited graduate theological education consisting of at least 36 graduate credit hours.  A conferred graduate degree in theology is preferred but not required.  The course of study taken must cover church history, scripture, moral theology, sacramental theology, and pastoral ministry.  Hands-on work experience in pastoral ministry is also required.

·       Applicants who feel they already possess an equivalent theological education through self-study or other means must pass a graduate level comprehensive examination in the area(s) for which they seek a knowledge equivalency waiver.

·       Applicants who lack the necessary theological education in all or some areas may complete these requirements at a recognized institution of their choice.

 

Deaconate General Academic Training Requirements 

·       An accredited degree, or demonstrated education equivalent, in any field.

·       An acceptable course of study in theology and pastoral ministry.  As the range of service ministries are as varied as the individuals who serve in them, each candidate’s individual goals and portfolio will be matched and assessed individually.

·       Applicants who lack the necessary theological education in all or some areas may complete these requirements at a recognized institution of their choice.

 

Polity Education

·       All candidates must take a polity course which will be made available to candidates through the church.  This course will cover the Old Catholic history and understanding, and the expression of it found in the United Catholic Church.

·       All candidates must demonstrate a sufficient understanding of ecumenical systematic theology to enable them to act as an effective bridge between the Protestant and Roman Catholic background peoples we serve.

·       Previously ordained Protestant ministers seeking admission to our clergy ranks will need to take coursework or demonstrate their understanding competency of Catholic sacramental theology and culture.

·       Previously ordained Catholics seeking admission will need to demonstrate their understanding competency of Homiletics and Protestant interpretation.