AEC Vocations

The African Episcopal Church acknowledges the three major Orders of the Apostolic Priesthood (Deacon, Priest, Bishop). We accept both male and female clergy and endorse clergy who have completed the requirements for reception into Holy Orders.

To request an Application for the Reception into Holy Orders contact us.

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Formation Requirements

These requirements include, but are not limited to the following:

the following requirements are for Permanent Deacons:

Min. Age: 21 years old

Education: A Bachelors Degree from a recognized and accredited school; completion of Catechism and Spiritual Formation, completion of all the requirements for the Licentiate in Sacred Theology via the Midwestern School of Divinity or a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from an approved and recognized school.

Requirements:

  1. The applicant must be a communicant of a parish in communion with the African Episcopal Church and receive the approval and endorsement of his/her Rector or Parish Priest.
  2. Applicants are required to obtain the approval of his/her Diocesan Bishop.
  3. It is necessary that the applicant complete the Catechism and Spiritual Formation requirements of the African Episcopal Church
  4. Upon completion of the specified requirements, the applicant must receive the endorsement of the Vicar for Priests prior to ordination.

the following requirements are for Transitional Deacons working towards pursuing Priesthood

Min. Age: 25 years old

Education: must meet the requirements as specified for Diaconal ordination including, Priestly Formation and all of the requirements for the Licentiate in Sacred Theology via the Midwestern School of Divinity or a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from an approved and recognized school.

Requirements:

  1. The candidate must be a communicant of a parish in communion with the African Episcopal Church and receive the approval and endorsement of his/her Rector or Parish Priest.
  2. Candidates are required to obtain the approval of his/her Diocesan Bishop.
  3. It is necessary for all candidates complete the Catechism and Spiritual Formation requirements of the African Episcopal Church.
  4. Candidates for Priesthood are required to serve a minimum term of two years as a Transitional Deacon
  5. All candidates for ordination are obligated receive the endorsement of the Vicar for Priests prior to ordination.

 

Our Seminary

Midwestern School of Divinity is a ministry of the Church. The primary purpose of the seminary is to prepare candidates for ordained ministry and to provide communicants with opportunities to expand their knowledge of the Christian faith, and to equip people in all stations of life for greater service in the work or ministry to which God has called them.

Educational programs are dictated by the Council of Education or an appointed Bishop and administered through each Diocese. Enrollment is achieved via your local rector and Bishop.
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