DESCRIPTIONS OF ORDINATION 400 LEVEL CLASSES
(Classes available to everyone; Completion of all classes Required for Certification)
|Church Business:||Instruction on procedures and duties of church management. How to start, organize, and promote the Spiritualist Church. Basic responsibilities and functions of the church.|
|Emergency Pastoral Care:||What does a minister do in the face of the extreme emergency or when a crisis intervention is needed? Learn what to do in a variety of situations including suicidal threats, actual suicide, auto accidents, family violence, unexpected traumatic death, physical or sexual abuse. Appropriate follow-up techniques will be discussed including assisting the family during the first days of traumatic loss.|
|Advanced Pastoral Care & Counseling*:||This class is a continuation of the skills needed for pastoral care and counseling. Multiple techniques will be explored including Brief Pastoral Counseling, ABCD Method of crisis counseling, spiritual direction techniques and use of religious resources as examples.|
|Pastoral Care for the Dying & Their Family:||Spiritualists are often focused on the afterlife, but a Spiritualist minister may be called to the side of the terminally ill or actively dying patient. This class focuses on the dying process and helping people walk that final journey. It will also explore pastoral duties to the family before, during and after the passing of their loved one.|
|Preparation for Ministry II*:||Extended insights into ministerial expectations and duties.*Prerequisite: Preparation for the Ministry I|
|Ritual in the Spiritualist Church:||Learn how to implement ritual in the Spiritualist church as a means to reaffirm meaning, to bond community and to encounter mystery. Demonstrations and examples of sacramental and alternative rites will be offered.|
|Sacred Writings I:||A study of the sacred writings from various religions and religious leaders throughout the centuries.|
|Sacred Writings II*:||A continued and in-depth study of the writings from various religions and religious leaders.*Prerequisite: Sacred Writings I|
|Sermon & Lecture Preparation II*:||Extended development of the content and delivery of a sermon.*Prerequisite: Sermon & Lecture Preparation I|
|Spiritual Healing Ethics:||Ethical issues faced by the Spiritual Healer. A standard of conduct upon which any healer may safely base a life of healing service.|
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REGISTER FOR CLASSES
(information for those interested in becoming Certified)
- Indiana Association of Spiritualists (IAOS) member in good standing for four (4) years.
- 50 Credits (10 Spiritual Seeker, 15 Medium Missionary, 15 Associate Minister, 10 Ordination).
- Hold a current IAOS Associate Minister Certification.
- At least one (1) full year of study after receiving Associate Minister Certification.
- Minimum of four (4) years of on-going study at Chesterfield Spiritualist Seminary and School of Metaphysics.
- Pass a written comprehensive exam covering current Ordination classes with a score of 80% or more and successfully complete an oral interview with the testing committee.
- Development Classes: Four (4) classes with one (1) certified staff mediumship or trance development class teacher during one (1) week-long seminary.
- Development Class Alternative: Regularly attend development classes with a certified staff mediumship or trance development class teacher. A minimum of 4 classes and signature of teacher is required.
- Student Services: Minimum of four (4) sermons during student worship services.
- Public Worship Services: Sermon & Clairvoyance demonstration at the same service. Eight (8) public worship services at a minimum of three (3) different churches. A letter from each church served stating date, serve performed and signed by presiding Minister or board member.
- Community Service: 40 hours of community service with a maximum of 15 hours at Camp Chesterfield. Community service must be approved by the Dean prior to performing the service.
REQUIREMENTS (for those testing for Certification)
ATTENTION STUDENTS PLANNING TO TEST FOR CERTIFICATION: All academic requirements must be completed before Intent to Test is submitted. Students planing to test for any level of certification or Ordination must advise the Dean of Education of their Intent to Test no later than one month prior to the Seminary in which the student plans to test. Application to test must be completed and testing fee paid during walk-in registration.