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The Minister’s Role

The Primary Role of Ministers in the
New Christian Church of Full Endeavor

“They come from all over the world. They come from all religions and from no religion. They are the ones who have answered a universal Call. Each one begins as a single light, but with the Call at its center it is a light that cannot be limited… They who have received the messages of God would have them be received by you as well.” It is this joining that the Minister of God undertakes to recognize, and extend: the getting and the giving of God’s Word; the giving and receiving of His Will.

Ordained ministers in the New Christian Church of Full Endeavor have completed a five year course at the Church’s Seminary, Endeavor Academy. (See requirements for ministerial degree outlined in the Handbook of the Seminary of the New Christian Church). As New Christian Church ministers, their primary functions are conducting worship services, religious instruction and spiritual counseling. They teach by demonstration of the love and forgiveness through which they themselves were healed.

As A Course In Miracles expresses it, they are “Teachers of God” who “somewhere have made a deliberate choice in which they did not see their interests as apart from someone else’s.” It is “through their ability to hear one Voice which is His Own that [they help] individuals become aware at there is One Voice in themselves.” Ministers of the New Christian Church recognize that the messages they deliver are intended first for themselves. “Teaching is but a call to witnesses to attest to what you believe. It is a method of conversion” or healing.

There are countless forums through which ordained ministers of the New Christian Church extend and communicate the message of love and forgiveness as prescribed by Jesus Christ in the New Testament and A Course In Miracles. They include but are not limited to:

  • Personally living and demonstrating the principles of A Course In Miracles
  • Leading daily worship and prayer sessions at the Church headquarters in Wisconsin and in our various Church satellites all over the world.
  • Enhancement of personal spiritual growth and conscious contact with God through prayer, meditation, contemplation of the scriptures and participation in the daily worship assemblies of the congregation.
  • Religious instruction through educational programs within the Church, the Church Seminary, Endeavor Academy, the Miracles Healing Center and at our various Church satellites.
  • Religious instruction, worship, prayer and meditation services on the internet through Pal talk, Endeavor Academy online, Online Advents, YouTube and other similar online program opportunities.
  • In missionary “advents”, at home and abroad, to introduce the message of the Church to thousands around the world each year.
  • Administering the Holy Sacraments.
  • Offering spiritual healing at the Miracles Healing Center where like Christian Science, healing is taught as a divine science of the mind.
  • Spiritual guidance and counseling through personal contact, phone, or email requests for prayer and healing.
  • Writing, editing, publishing, and distributing Church’s extensive collection of religious education materials which includes both printed and online materials.
  • Producing, filming, recording, editing, and distributing extensive audio-visual materials.
  • Translating into many languages (German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Polish, Italian, as well as others) educational sessions and materials from a perspective that is seminary-trained.
  • Correspond with and offer spiritual counseling to individuals who are in prison systems, both at home and abroad.
  • Participate in Church’s administration functions both at home and in satellite centers.
  • Represent the Church and Senior Minister in all activities.

As A Course In Miracles is translated into more and more languages, there is an expanding demand for trained ministers who can extend the healing experience of love and forgiveness promised by its curriculum. The Course was introduced into public awareness with the publication in 1992 of Marianne Williamson’s best seller, Return to Love, Reflections on A Course In Miracles. During the spring of 2008, A Course In Miracles is being employed as a tool of awakening by enlightened spiritual teacher, Eckard Tolle, with popular talk-show host,Oprah Winfrey in a series of public sessions on the internet which are being heard by millions. Already, demand for trained ministers from the New Christian Church of Full Endeavor has increased exponentially. (See Church Organizational Chart for context of global expansion of Church.)

Ministerial Training Program

The Ministerial Training Program of the Church is offered at the Church's Seminary, Endeavor Academy during five core years of formal seminary training programs. A core curriculum of traditional and modern religious studies is augmented by liberal arts offerings including dance, music, art, science, physiology, philosophy, psychology, and literature. Each individual activates and is enhanced by his own revelatory experience. To reinforce his learning, each student will then teach, communicate, and extend this experience of transformation to others. Each year's program is designed to be completed within one year and successful completion results in certification.

The Program culminates after five years in formal ordination in the New Christian Church. Listed below is a general overview of the curriculum. The timeline, however, is individual,dependent on the academic background and life experience with which the individual enters Endeavor Academy.

Participants are also required to work closely with the teaching and ministerial staff to establish the educational level appropriate for them to perform their missionary and/or teaching calling in their home country and around the world. Some committed ministerial candidates, for instance, begin their missionary outreach early in their training; others do not leave the Academy until they complete their training.