THE ORDINATION PROCESS
Any ACC pastor may recommend to their bishop or to the Office of the Archbishop those persons they wish to enter our ordination program and receive ministerial standing in the Communion. Such a person should be a faithful member and tither in their local assembly. They should have sufficient knowledge of Scripture, meet the biblical qualification for leadership, and be willing to submit a background check and enter the ordination program of the Communion.
The Communion will offer through an online platform classes that are needed for the first grade of ordination as a diaconal minister in the Apostolic Communion of Churches. The candidate must pass the classes and exams successfully, and pass the ordination board examination for the order of deacons to be ordained as a diaconal minister. Such a minister among us serves as a Minister of the Word and Service. They assist their pastors in the area of congregational and pastoral care. They may perform limited sacerdotal functions.
After serving 6 months as a diaconal minister, the deacon may apply for ordination as a presbyter. The candidate will have to go through the classes that prepares him or her for such ministerial orders. They should have discerned together with the bishop which particular ministry calling or vocation as a presbyter they are being called too. After class completion and examination, the bishop may ordain the person to the order of presbyters in our communion as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament.
If the person isn't quite ready for ordination, they may be licensed by their bishop on the recommendation of their pastors as a licensed lay minister. Such a position is not a clerical position and no clerical shirt is worn. Only a surplice and cassock or an alb may be worn by them. This license is renewed annually at the recommendation of their pastoral authority. Before they are licensed, they will have to have classes in hermeneutics, homiletics, and apologetics and certain other disciplines before they are licensed by the bishop.
The promotion of anyone to the episcopacy in the Communion is in the hands of the Archbishop and House of Bishops. We may receive apostles and bishops from outside of this communion into the fellowship of this communion who shall be acclimated to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of Christ in this communion before they are fully incardinated into the ministry of the Apostolic Communion of Churches. Our bishops are pastoral and are assigned to assist the Archbishop in pastoring and overseeing the work of the Communion in their area. Their dioceses are not "mini fellowships" that can make you bishops and apostles. That is only done through the Communion and its Archbishop and House of Bishops. Our bishops ordain pastors, elders, and deacons in their diocese.
We do have apostles and bishops who are members with their own reformations, while they are members of the Communion; they are at liberty to ordain and consecrate whom they will as long as what they do in their own reformation does not compromise what we as a communion believe and practice.