Since Church of the Spiral Tree (CST) is a religious organization, i.e., a church, we can legally ordain ministers. This means that our ministers can perform legal weddings, funerals, baptisms, and prison ministry work, along with other ceremonies.
The policies below have been put in place to ensure that CST and our ordained ministers remain committed and connected to each other, and is effective for all ministers ordained in the year 2012 and on.
- You must be a currently paid member of Church of the Spiral Tree, and not incarcerated.
- You must have been a paid member of CST for at least one year previous to applying to become a minister.
- You must be at 21 years of age.
- Your application must include a photocopy or scan (front and back) of official picture ID; e.g. driver's license, student ID, state ID, work ID, etc.
- Your application must include your payment of $50 for the ordination fee.
- Paid members of CST who are currently incarcerated are not eligible to apply for ordination through CST.
- The President of CST reserves the right, as Head Chaplain for all ministerial functions, to deny and/or revoke any ordination as determined by vote of the Ministerial Committee and the Board of Directors that said minister has misrepresented him/herself or CST; or has behaved in a manner that is inconsistent with the policies or bylaws of CST or behaves verbally or physically in a manner that has a negative impact on the reputation or credibility of CST.
- It is the responsibility of all ministers to be informed of, and conduct ministerial work in accordance with local, state, and federal laws.
Ordination is for Three-Year Period:
Your ordination will be good for a period of three years, during which you must maintain your paid CST membership. After this three-year period, and if you still meet the eligibility requirements and your membership has been maintained continuously, you may apply to renew your ordination ($25 fee).
Maintaining Paid Membership:
If the paid CST membership is not maintained during this three-year period or at any time thereafter, the ordination will lapse 30 days after the membership lapses. After renewing your membership, you may apply again to become ordained, for a $50 fee.
How to Become Ordained:
The ordination process begins with your application along with the $50 fee. Your application will be reviewed by the Board of Directors. If you are not approved, $40 of your fee will be refunded.
If ordained, you will be entered into our database, and will soon receive your certificate of ordination and a card to carry with you.
Replacement or Updated Documents:
At any time while your ordination and membership are both current, you may have your ministerial documents (the certificate and clergy card) replaced or updated; the fee for this is $20. A $5 discount is offered if your membership is renewed at the same time as the replacement or updated credentials are requested.
Church of the Spiral Tree Ministers' Statement of Purpose
Church of the Spiral Tree (CST), as a legally and federally recognized religious organization with 501(c)3 status, incorporated in the State of Alabama, exercises its right to ordain individuals as ministers. This does not confer the title of 'Elder,' 'Priestess' or 'Priest.' The purpose for ordaining ministers is to provide legal status to individuals who wish to serve their communities as facilitators of rites of commitment (marriage), baptismal rites, and funerals. CST acknowledges that the scope of ministerial work is not limited to facilitating these rites, and we encourage each individual to develop their own ministry work as their conscience guides them, and as their level of knowledge and expertise allows. CST ministers should demonstrate positive ethical principles, conduct themselves with honor and integrity; and endeavor to possess the skills and knowledge to perform the general and/or specialized functions that ministerial status confers. It is the hope of CST that by ordaining ministers, we may impact our communities in beneficial ways through service, education, and interfaith relations.
Definition of Minister:
A minister is a member of clergy, who is authorized (ordained) by a church or religious/spiritual organization to perform certain functions that are defined by the authorizing body. Basic ministerial functions are: 1) to facilitate rituals or ceremonies for rites of commitment (legally recognized marriages or handfastings), rites of 'baptism' (baby blessing/naming/Paganing/Wiccaning), and funerary rites, and may also perform last rites for the dying. Further functions of an ordained minister may include interfaith work, prison ministry and hospital ministry; and provide pastoral counseling such as pre-marital and marital counseling, individual counseling, and grief counseling.
TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR ORDINATION, PRINT THE ORDINATION APPLICATION, FILL OUT, SIGN, AND MAIL YOUR CHECK OR MONEY (OR PAY VIA PAYPAL) ALONG WITH A PHOTOCOPY OF YOUR CURRENT DRIVER'S LICENSE OR OTHER OFFICIAL PICTURE IDOrdination Application
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