HOME TEMPLE PRIESTHOOD
PROGRAM OF TRAINING AND STUDIES
HOME TEMPLE ORDINATION STUDIES
Since they will exercise private sacramental Priesthood for home gatherings, spiritual practice, and the education of others, Home Templars are required to undertake serious study and training. The Home Temple qualifies Postulants and Candidates for Holy Orders through a self-paced course of studies designed, simplified, and guided by scholars based upon the profound spirituality of Mar Yeshua, the Master Jesus. Sincere men and women of any educational background may undertake training, which is offered in English and some of it in Spanish.
Completion of seminary training does not guarantee Ordination. If impediments to Ordination are discovered after acceptance into the seminary program (criminal activities, non-disclosure of previous abuse of clerical authority, etc.), the Presiding Bishops may elect not to authorize Ordination in the Home Temple.
Basic Priesthood Ordination Program Leading to Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.) Degree:
Diaconate and Priesthood Study Modules (see CURRICULUM), which can be completed in less than a year.
Episcopal Program for Consecration as a Bishop:
Those who distinguish
themselves in Priesthood may be invited by the Synod to apply for nomination for
to the Episcopate as a Bishop.
Qualifications for Nomination to the Synod for Consecration as a Bishop include:
(A) Minimal two years of demonstrated spiritual leadership in the Home Temple Priesthood;
(B) Core Curriculum and Major Emphasis Courses taken at the
www.wisdomseminars.org site through
of Sacred Studies for M.Div. or D.D. Degrees;
(C) successful completion of the First Order Empowerments of the Temple of the Holy Grail.
For details scroll to bottom of SCHOOL OF SACRED STUDIES page.
PURPOSE OF THE ORDINATION STUDIES
For the duration of Ordination studies, Subdeacons and Deacons work with special spiritual practices designed to connect the student with authentic practices of the Master Jesus, including the keeping of a Kabbalistic Shabbat seder and brief morning and evening meditation and contemplation with daily journal entries. Students are also encouraged to undertake T:.H:.G:. esoteric studies and practices. The Kabbalistic Eucharist of the Home Temple is designed to develop basic principles for powerful and effective liturgics in the context of the form of mystical communion developed in the Messianic Havurah seder of Mar Yeshua and his disciples. After Ordination to the independent Priesthood, Ordinands are under no obligation to continue using the Home Temple Sacramentary and rituals, whose purposes were specifically for training, but may adopt or create whatever rituals best reflect their ministries.
AFTER ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD
After Ordination, Priests and Priestesses operate their own independent ministries in compliance with the Home Temple Code of Ethics. They are licensed under a Home Temple Bishop of their choice, and they may apply for a legal Church Charter by the Home Temple. They are empowered to use any liturgy, theology, vestments, or other orientation that seems best to them--Christian, Buddhist, Wiccan, Jewish, Hindu, Taoist, Theosophical, etc. Their only obligation is to keep the Code of Ethics. They pay no dues or other fees to the Home Temple or their Bishops, but are expected to keep in collegial contact and link their web site or e-mail address to the list of churches in the Home Temple online and other published directories. Those who develop effective ministries will be nominated by their Bishops and formally invited for advancement into the Independent Episcopate.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM OF STUDIES WORK?
Those who are accepted into the Subdiaconate as Postulants for Holy Orders pursue a curriculum of home studies with online audio, video, and written materials. They include topical courses that have been organized and simplified from curriculums taught in Jewish and Christian seminaries, as well as unique and relevant materials developed specifically for Home Temple students. Students submit written answers in the topical studies and undergo a process of self-exploration and development integrating teachings and practice, for which a spiritual diary is submitted. When this is successfully completed, usually after about six months, they qualify as Candidates for Ordination into the Apostolic Succession as Deacons of the Home Temple. They continue with studies to qualify for Ordination to Priesthood--four to six months more. The Bachelor of Divinity or B.D. Degree is conferred along with Ordination once the Priesthood Studies have been completed.
When a Postulant for Holy Orders has completed studies and qualified as a Candidate for Ordination to the Priesthood, he or she is authorized to register for an Ordination Seminar. The Seminars are offered in summer and winter, and are done over a three-day weekend at the Home Temple Center in Aromas, California. Candidates for Ordination to Diaconate may choose make private arrangements with a Bishop of the Home Temple Synod, facilitated by the Presiding Bishops, for official Ordination by laying-on of hands, or they may accept certification from the Presiding Bishop authorizing them to function as Home Temple Deacons until they complete the Priesthood studies and can attend an Ordination Seminar for hands-on Ordination to both Diaconate and Priesthood. Seminarians who live far away from California often choose this option, then travel to California for combination Diaconate-Priesthood Ordination. In cases where distance creates a financial hardship for travel, the Seminar can be done online with mentoring by Skype video, and Ordination can be done by another Home Temple Bishop more accessible to the Ordinand.
SEMIANNUAL HOME TEMPLE CENTER
Summer and Winter Ordination Seminars are offered by the Presiding Bishops at the Home Temple Center in Aromas, California. These are usually done in July and December, depending upon needs of the Candidates. Candidates for Ordination may choose to travel just once to California to receive both Diaconate and Priesthood Ordinations simultaneously and conferral of the B.D. Degree, if the studies have been completed.
THE FAST TRACK PROGRAM
Persons already Ordained as Deacons, Priests, or Bishops in valid lines of Apostolic Succession:
Apply to the Presiding Bishops for transfer into the Home Temple Priesthood or Synod of Bishops. PROCEDURE:
|E-Mail inquiry followed by the Application Form|
|Deacons and Priests must provide Letters Dimissory
from their current Bishop or offer a written explanation of why they |
cannot provide legitimate Letters Dimissory
|Presiding Bishops will evaluate Candidate's seminary
education and design a supplemental course of low-cost "fast
selected Home Temple studies that must be completed for acceptance into the Home Temple
|Deacons and Priests will be assigned to the
Presiding Bishops; Independent Bishops may be nominated for acceptance into the Synod of
Home Temple Bishops contingent upon completing Fast Track studies and all First Order Initiation and Empowerments of T:.H:.G:.
Ministers with non-Apostolic Ordination:
Send in a regular Application Form and copies of seminary transcripts. The Presiding Bishops will evaluate the Candidate's seminary education and design a supplemental course of low-cost "fast track" selected Home Temple studies that must be completed for Apostolic Ordination into the Home Temple Priesthood. Minimally, T:.H:.G:. First Order Initiation and Empowerments will be required as well as training in Liturgics, Sacramentary, and general orientation to the Kabbalistic teachings and practices of Mar Yeshua offered online in the Yeshua Seminar and the exegesis seminar on recovering the historical teachings of Jesus entitled Yeshua: The Unknown Jesus.
Take this link to the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.
The RESOURCES button below will take you to a page used by Home Temple Seminarians to augment studies.