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AMA-------Having Been Called-------AMA


Having been called of God to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ; ordination is the key to beginning your own ministry. It is evidence that we must not only be in compliance with spiritual laws of God that govern His callings; but, we must also be in compliance with the laws of our States and our Country. Therefore, we welcome this opportunity to invite you to be ordained by Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc. 'A Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith'. Apostolic Ministries' divine purpose is to 'support the brethren' and to help spread the Christian Faith to the nations of the world according to the Apostles' Doctrine. This great effort is complimented when we make it easy for true believers, those that have been called by God to be ordained.

Apostolic Ministries provides this service to the International Christian Community with all sincerity and with a mandate from our Lord Jesus Christ. We feel that being ordained is a decision that will not only transform your life and bring you new meaning and deep personal satisfaction and purpose before God; but in addition it will establish you as a person of divine authority who has the ability to declare the word of God with knowledge and understanding to a lost generation who have not had the opportunity to learn of God's one plan of Salvation.

We, at Apostolic Ministries are ordaining great men that are called of God, from all walks of life, including workaday people (blue collar and white collar), all the way to doctors, lawyers, judges and retired folks. They all have two things in common, their calling and the desire to spread the Christian faith through proper ordination. Apostolic Ministries make being ordained easy and not complicated because we feel it is Biblical, and we feel that it will inspire you to do greater works for the Christian faith. See John 15:16 and Titus 1:5. After being ordained by Apostolic Ministries you will be free to carry on your Christian ministry as you feel God directs you; or if you should decide to remain under the leadership of AMA's Chief Elder, that can be your choice, also.

Upon finalizing your ordination you will be authorize to perform all Christian religious services including the rites of marriage and baptism. You will be authorized to use a formal title before your name such as that which is proper and fitting; except the title 'Reverend'. You will be entitled to the respect and consideration that is customarily given to ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As ordained Clergy you should find that many new opportunities are open to you that will allow you to become a better servant in the eyes of God and will enable you to uphold the office that you have chosen for your ministry.

Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc. is a young God mandated organization who is Apostolic in doctrine but nondenominational in congregation. It is our intent to ordain individuals in all 50 states and most foreign countries. We extend the opportunity to be ordained to men of God who are called and are of legal age, where applicable. When, and if you decide to request ordination we believe you to be sincere and that God will have spoken to your heart in a most personal way and that you can account for your calling. Your ordination will be for life and we will never ask for dues or renewal fees each year to maintain your ordination. However if you remain in the AMA Organization you will be required to renew your Fellowship Certificate each year as evidence that you are continueing in the faith with Apostolic Ministries of America Inc,.






AMA-------Ministerial Credentials-------AMA




The Workers Who Are Called

Workers for Christ who are ordained into the gospel ministry are set apart to serve the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, primarily as pastors and teachers of His word, and are subject to the direction of the church in regard to the type of ministry and their place of service. The intent of Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc. is to make sure that the needs of the church are satisfied regarding ministerial positons. It should therefore be understood by everyone accepting ordination and who are engaged in specialized ministries such as administration, teaching, and departmental leadership, that they may be reassigned by the church to pastoral, preaching and evangelistic duties should the need arise.

Procedure in Authorizing Ordination

Authorization

Ordination to the ministry is the setting apart of the Individual who has a sacred calling, not for one local field alone but for the universal world Church and therefore needs to be done with appropriate counsel. The following plan is the proper procedure, except in special cases where serious delay would result into the saints of God being without ministerial services:

The Local Church administration concerned shall arrange for a preliminary examination of the prospective candidate and his ministry. The matter of ordination is then taken under careful consideration by the local conference/mission committee for an employee of the conference/mission or one of its institutions, and by the union committee for an employee of the union or one of its institutions. After favorable consideration the local conference/mission committee will submit the name of the candidate with its findings and convictions to the union for counsel and approval. The division and its institutional boards will submit names recommended for ordination to the division committee. The General Conference and its institutional boards will submit names to the General Conference Committee. Ordination Ceremony--Time and Place--The time and place for the ordination ceremony, including the examination of the candidate, with his wife, shall be arranged by the approving organization in counsel with the union. Ordination in Local Missions--
In a local mission authorized by its division to issue ministerial credentials, the procedure shall be the same as followed in L 45 05 for local conferences. In local missions not authorized by the division to grant ministerial credentials, ordination to the ministry at the time of its local mission sessions or between sessions shall be by vote of the union committee in counsel with the local mission committee. Examination of Candidates for Ordination Before any ordination is carried out, there shall be careful, unhurried, and prayerful examination of the candidates as to their fitness for the work of the ministry. The results of their labor as licentiates should be reviewed, and the examination should cover the great fundamental facts of the gospel. Before the church sets a man apart by ordination he should have given satisfactory evidence of: A call to the ministry as a lifework, His belief in and knowledge of the Scriptures, His acquaintance with and full acceptance of the vital truths we believe we are called to proclaim to the world, Experience in various kinds of ministerial responsibility, Entire consecration of body, soul, and spirit, Spiritual stability, Social maturity, Aptness as a teacher of truth, Ability to lead souls from sin into holiness, Fruitage in souls won to Christ, A cooperative attitude and confidence in the organization and functioning of the church, A life of consistent exemplary Christian conduct, An exemplary family. The examination of candidates for ordination is conducted by ordained ministers. Ordained representatives of conferences/ unions/ divisions/ General Conference, who are present, may be invited to assist in the examination. Where it is deemed advisable by the conference/mission executive committee, one or more lay persons may be selected to participate. Ordination Service A special ordination service should be conducted, preferably on a Sabbath afternoon, that will exalt the office of the ministry in the eyes of the people and solemnize the call in the heart of the candidate. Safeguarding Credentials--the Integrity of the Ministry Union Responsibility--The union and local conferences share the responsibility for safeguarding the integrity of the ministry and are required by denominational action and practice to assure that credentials issued within their respective territories shall indeed certify that the holders are in good and unquestioned standing, properly subject to invitation to any other field of service. Integrity of the Ministry--In any case where the integrity or the moral or professional standing of any holder of credentials is called into question, it is the duty of the union to join the local conference/mission in conferring, with a purpose to clear away any uncertainty, in order that no reproach or shadow may be left to rest upon all the credentials held by the ministry. Where the matters involved are of such a character that the union and local conference/mission committees are unable to resolve the difficulty and announce to all a clear record for the ministry, the matter shall be referred to the division by action of both local and union committees together, or by action of one body separately, inasmuch as any uncertainty in the matter of what ministerial credentials stand for in one field casts a shadow on all credentials and is a matter of general denominational concern.

Reasons for Discipline of Ministers--

Discipline shall be administered to an ordained/ licensed minister in the following circumstances:

Moral Fall--In the case of a moral fall in violation of the seventh commandment, including those violations involving sexual perversions, the minister has, by that transgression, made void his/ her calling and, where applicable, ordination to the sacred office of the ministry. Apostasy--In the case of apostasy whereby the minister falls away to the world, or identifies with, or gives continuing support to, any activity subversive to the denomination, and/ or persistently refuses to recognize properly constituted church authority or to submit to the order and discipline of the church, he/ she has, by such disloyalty, proven unworthy of a place or part in the gospel ministry of this Church. Dissidence--Discipline may also be administered in the case of a minister who openly expresses significant dissidence regarding the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Continued and unrepentant dissidence may eventually be seen by the Church to be apostasy and identified as such by the ministers administrative organization after counseling with the next higher organization. Embezzlement or Theft--Embezzlement or theft of funds or property to which the minister has no lawful right, or the willful misappropriation of the same. Other Reasons--Any other conduct which is inconsistent with the high standards of the Christian ethic, and which casts a shadow over the integrity of the ministry, such as violence or other questionable activity, and which demonstrates that the individual is unworthy as a leader in the Church

Steps in Discipline of Ministers--When discipline must be administered in the case of a minister, four aspects of the ministers relationship to the Church may be affected: his/ her credential/ license, his ordination, his/ her church membership and his/ her denominational employment. The discipline and corresponding procedure for administering such discipline in relation to each of these aspects is as follows: Credential/ License--The credential/ license of a minister who experiences a moral fall or apostatizes shall be withdrawn permanently by his/ her employing committee, after consultation with the next higher organization. His/ Her credential/ license may also be withdrawn in the case of dissidence as defined in L 60 15, paragraph 2. above, after consultation with the next higher organization, but such withdrawal shall be reviewed by the committee after a stipulated period/ periods which shall be determined at the time of withdrawal. Ordination-- A minister who experiences a moral fall or apostatizes has made void his ordination. This changed relationship shall be recognized and recorded by his employing organization with the approval of the respective union committee (General Conference or Division Committee in the case of a General Conference/ division institution). He shall be ineligible for future employment as a Seventh-day Adventist minister. A licensed minister who experiences a moral fall or apostatizes shall be ineligible for future ordination or employment as a Seventh-day Adventist minister. Church Membership--The organization which has withdrawn a credential/ license permanently and, in the case of an ordained minister has recorded the voiding of his ordination, shall inform the local church of which the offending minister is a member. It shall be the duty of the church to administer discipline as provided for in the Church Manual in the section Reasons for Which Members Shall Be Disciplined. Denominational Employment--It is recognized that a minister who has experienced a moral fall or has apostatized has access to the mercy and pardoning grace of God and may desire to return to the Church. Such an individual must be assured of the love and goodwill of his/ her fellow believers. However, for the sake of the good name of the Church and the maintaining of moral standards, he/ she must plan to devote his/ her life to employment other than that of the gospel ministry, the teaching ministry, or denominational leadership








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AMA-------Ordination By Mail-------AMA

Where all requirements have been met for specific license/ordination requests, and where total compliance with the word of God is established; certificate finalizing can be accomplished through the mail, at the approval of the Chief Elder with concurrence of the Conference of Elders.


Ordination by Mail Ministry
vs
United States of America


In 1974 a ministry which ordained people in a simple manner by mail, and by other means, sued the United States Government. The suit was over taxes. However, when the Federal Judge ruled in the ministry's favor on taxes he also ruled on the legality of receiving ordination in a simple manner.



Here is part of the Federal Judge's decision concerning simple ordination.



"The Court must then address itself to the defendant's second conclusion: that the ordination of ministers, the granting of church charters, and the issuance of Honorary Doctor of Divinity certificates by plaintiff are substantial activities which do not further any religious purpose. Certainly the ordination of ministers and the chartering of churches are accepted activities of religious organizations. The defendant impliedly admits that same on Page 5 of its Memorandum in Support of its Requested Instructions. The fact that the plaintiff distributed ministers credentials and Honorary Doctor of Divinity certificates is of no moment. Such activity may be analogized to mass conversions at a typical revival or religious crusade. Neither this Court, nor any branch of this Government, will consider the merits or fallacies of a religion. Nor will the Court compare the beliefs, dogmas, and practices of a newly organized religion with those of an older, more established religion. Nor will the Court praise or condemn a religion, however excellent or fanatical or preposterous it may seem. Were the Court to do so, it would impinge upon the guarantees of the First Amendment." COMMENT: As a result of this Federal Judge's ruling, ministries started by mail ordained clergy have been flourishing throughout the United States, and in many other countries throughout the world.








AMA-------Fees, Assessments & Dues-------AMA


Note: All Fees, Assessments and Dues must be submitted prior to processing any application or issuing of any license/certificate; except when other arrangements are approved by the Chief Elder.
Cerificate Type
Description
Fees/Cost
Ministeral License
The standard document issued by Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc. to all men who are ministering as members or affiliates of the organization.
200.00
Certificate of Ordination
Document presented to those who have met all the requirements for Ordination according to God's true word within the body of Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc.
No Fees
Transferred Cert. of Ordination
Document presented to those who have met all the requirements or Ordination according to God's true word who are transferring credentials to the body of Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc.
200.00
Missionaries' Certificate of Ordination
Document presented to men and women who meet all the requirements for outreach ministries domestic and foriegn.
200.00**
Certificate of Fellowship
Document presented to all license and certificate holders annually to verify their continuance within Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc.
25.00
Wallet ID Card
Document presented to all license and certificate holders with pertinent information to verify their association with Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc.
35.00
Shipping & Handling
Cost associated with the issuance of each license/certificate.
25.00***

**All or part of fees might be waived upon approval of the Chief Elder and The Conference of Elders.
***Any unused cost will not be charged to the applicant.







AMA-------Application For Ordination -------AMA



Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc.
Application For License/Ordination .
1422 Norwood Avenue
Titusville, FL 32796-2749
321-383-3020
Please print or type. It is important to complete all information.



Last Name ________________ First _______________ Middle _____________Sex _____
Street Address ________________ City_______________ State____ Zip ______________
Home Phone__________________ Office Phone_______________ Fax ______________ Birth___-___-___
SS Number ___/___/____/ Church Membership ____________________ Pastor___________________________
Pastor's Phone____________________________ Pastor's Address_________________ City______________
State_____ Zip_______ Total Years of Christian Service ______
Highest Academic Level Achieved ____________
I respectfully apply for the following consideration: 1. ____Ministerial license 2. ____Ordination.
(You must hold a ministerial license before applying for ordination)
Do you presently hold Ministerial credential(s)? _____ Type _________________________
Name of the issuing organization_______________________ Date of issue____________
Are you presently active with that organization? ______ (if "no," attach an sheet of explanation).



Check List:

1. ____ I have attached a statement of ministry experience.
2. ____ I have attached ____ letters of recommendation (minimum of 2).
3. ____ I have attached a statement explaining why I should be granted the above consideration.
4. ____ I have enclosed all fees to cover the cost of this request
5. ____ I have enclosed $ ______ for the consideration above (See instructions).
6. ____ I have read and I understand the contents of AMA publications on Obtaining a Ministerial License or Ordination.
7. ____ I have enclosed a color photograph of myself (Unless on file at AMA)(passport size).



Affirmation:

By signing below I affirm and acknowledge...

...that I will uphold the standards of the KJV Holy Bible which is the only and true source of divinely written oracles of God.
...that I will be true to the Christian faith according to the Apostles' Doctrine.
...that I will be true to the calling in which our Lord God has entrusted me.
...that I will study to shew myself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ...that I will endeavor to live a life before God and man that is exemplary of Christian service and duty and in keeping of the Apostles Doctrine.
. ...that I will endeavor to live a life that will not bring reproach to Apostolic Ministries of America, Inc; nor to any of AMA's Affiliated Organizations.
...that I freely give permission to AMA to conduct an Individual Background Check or other investigations as AMA deems necessary and are according to the word of God.
...that the laws of all the sovereign States of USA shall apply.
...that I will voluntarily surrender any certificate, license or ordination issued by AMA if I violate any of the above affirmations.

Signature ________________________ Date: _______-________-________

This application must be completed and signed before it will be processed. Do not leave blank spaces. If you have any questions, please call.

(For AMA use only)

Approved:______ Denied: ______

By:________________________________________________ Date__________________

FORM: AMA-ORD-0001



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