ARE YOU CALLED TO ORDINATION?
Ordination is a process in which a religious or spiritual community designates specific individuals as clergy with the intent that they will minister to the spiritual needs of others in the name of and on behalf of the community. Individuals usually first have an internal sense of a calling to ministry, which is then validated externally by a spiritual community through the ordination process. The ChI Interfaith Community views ordination as a once in a lifetime event.
The pathway to ordination is both sacred and deliberative. Recognized religious bodies, including The ChI Interfaith Community, ensure that candidates for ordination are carefully prepared and examined before ordaining them as clergy. The ChI Interfaith Community includes clergy from many or no faith traditions who believe the model of interfaith spiritual life is essential for our world today. Ordination is bestowed on behalf of The ChI Interfaith Community through the lineage of these previously ordained clergy.
The ChI Interfaith Community ordains individuals who demonstrate a:
Benefits & Responsibilities of Ordination
Our ordained Interfaith ministers have the same legal standing as ministers of any faith tradition. They may perform rituals and ceremonies as professional clergy, including marriages, blessings and celebrations, and memorials, as well as providing pastoral care. By remaining Clergy in Good Standing with The ChI Interfaith Community, their ordaining religious body, they also fulfill a key requirement to be board certified chaplains.
ChI ’s Ordained Interfaith ministers also have responsibilities. ChI ’s clergy are bound to the vows that they take at the time of ordination and are also expected to adhere to The Common Code of Ethics for Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors, Pastoral Educators and Students. Ordained ministers represent ChI ’s Interfaith Community and are responsible to ChI as an institution, to fellow ordained clergy, and to those they serve as they adhere to these standards, principles, and ideals.
Ordained Interfaith ministers have the support and backing of ChI ’s Interfaith Community, which is committed to their ongoing growth and development. Fellow clergy, individually and collectively, are a source of spiritual encouragement, camaraderie, ministerial resources, and countless years of wisdom gained through personal and professional experience.
Ordination is conferred upon individuals who have completed all the requirements of the Interfaith Chaplaincy Certificate Program. We ordain people who are committed both to the vocational calling of service and to personal spiritual development, and who have demonstrated readiness for ministry, including achievement of core competencies.
ChI ‘s ordained clergy serve in traditional settings, such as hospital and hospice chaplaincy, as well as in emerging forms of ministry, such as eco-chaplaincy. ChI ‘s ordained alumni are fostering peace, healing, harmony, and justice around the world.
For more information and to spark your own imagination about what is possible as an ordained Interfaith Minister, please refer to our Types of Interfaith Ministries page.