(Admission to the ministerial program is conditioned upon completion of the IVISD Personal Development Program)
The Call to Ministry
The Divine, Creator, Source, God alone calls a person into ministry. It is a call received in the heart that all who receive it understand. One may not know the path or the method, but the soul always knows the call.
It is the human mind that challenges rejects or answers the call to serve Creator and people. It is the spiritual aspect of the individual mind that allows one to remain obedient in answering the call. No one decides to be a minister. They are chosen and “called out.” The individual response to the call to ministry is a lifelong endeavor emphasized by a four (4) fold process:
The Call from God
Instruction & Training
2 Timothy 2:15
Service for the betterment of mankind
It is important for today’s ministers to see, hold and carry themselves at all times, in all situations, under all circumstances, as examples of Divine Presence. Ministerial students learn to embrace the concept; “You may be the only Bible that someone reads today,” so that the snapshot of the Divine that you are will become clearer. It is the work of every minister to pray for guidance and purification of every thought, word spoken and action taken in order to anchor the consciousness of God on earth. The greatest guidance for the growing and development of consciousness of all ministers comes from St. John the Baptist de la Salle:
“Touching the hearts of the people is the greatest miracle you can perform, a miracle which God demands of you, for this is the purpose of your work. Like guardian angels, it is your duty to go up to God every day, to learn from Him all that you must teach and then come down to them, accommodating yourself to their level, in order to instruct them.”
In other words, a minister is called to meet people where they are and usher them into a higher place in their consciousness and hearts.
Every minister has five (5) basic responsibilities at the foundation of all ministerial activities:
To build minds, hearts and souls through knowledge of the universal laws revealed in word of God. (Hebrews 5:1)
To nurture minds, hearts, and souls with the “fruits of the Spirit” of God. (2 Timothy 4:2)
To equip minds, hearts and souls for the work of God. (Ephesians 4:11)
To prepare minds, hearts, and souls for the mission and purposes of God. (Joshua 1:2)
To unite minds, hearts and souls with and to the love of God. (John 3:16)
The Character of a Minister
The responsibilities and pressures upon those ordained to minister are intense. As such, every minister must remember and hold to the promise of Romans 8:31:
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Many of the challenges faced in ministry and by ministers are external, rising from the mass consciousness of those being served. Yet, the most damaging challenges to one who is called, anointed and destined for ministry are those which arise within the mind, fueled by the ego. In response to the temptations of simply being human, those called to ministry must endeavor to develop impeccable character and a mastery of the Word and will of the Creator.
Ministerial Training and Development
The Inner Visions Institute offers training and ordination to become a Minister of Spiritual Consciousness, which is not a religious order but rather a state of being and belief. Our ministerial students are trained and prepared to work with and within all religious faiths as their training includes:
Recognition of and alignment of spiritual principles to contemporary issues;
Knowledge of and exposure to practices and traditions diverse spiritual cultures;
Basic working knowledge of and exposure to spiritual foundations text:
Holy Bible; Course in Miracles; Religious Science; Kabbalah
Recognition of and alignment with universal law and spiritual principles to address contemporary issues;
Development of, exposure to and demonstration of ability to conduct Spiritual Protocols:
Personal and Energetic Clearing; Sacraments (e.g. Baptism, Marriage, Funeral Rites, Rites of Passage, etc.); Invocations and Benediction; Consecration of persons and environments; Orders of service; Praise and Worship; Sermon development and delivery
Pastoral Care and Coaching Council, providing care for and preparation to address issues and concerns of, Families, Youth, Elders, Couples, Singles
Development and demonstration of spiritually grounded individual nature, through the practice of principles, utilization of skills and appropriate behaviors and consciousness of:
Spiritual Grounding through familiarity and knowledge of sacred text; Spiritual Leadership through practical experiences of service; Spiritual Tolerance.
Develop, cultivate and demonstrate a spirit of humility and service within and without of the Inner Visions community.
Completion of the two-year IVISD Personal Development Program is a pre-requisite for admission to the Ministerial Program.
The IVISD Ministerial Program is a three-year process:
Beginning with a four-day Intensive Retreat, ministerial candidates begin the process of:
- Developing and deepening an intimate connection to and relationship with the Divine through structured spiritual practice;
- Introduction to and study of Sacred text (Holy Bible and A Course in Miracles)
- Assignment of Discipleship
- Development of Spiritual Community through mutual spiritual support and accountability;
- Integration of universal laws and spiritual principles
Ministerial Development 1
- Study and practical application of spiritual text to human experience
- Introduction to principles of Spiritual Leadership
- Introduction to Pastoral Care (with integration of Coaching Skills and Tools)
- Introduction to Spiritual Protocols
- Homiletics I (Principles of Sermon Development)
- Community Service
Ministerial Development 2
- Advanced Bible Study
- Protocols and Practice of Spiritual Discipleship
- Spiritual Leadership Practicum
- Homiletics II
- Community Service Practicum
- Ordination and Ministerial Charge