Ordination through the Progressive Christian Alliance begins with affiliation. Once affiliated, a Regional Servant Leader companions the candidate through the ordination process.
A formal seminary degree is not required. Those coming without a seminary education have their educational needs addressed through readings, discussions and/or online courses. We expect our ministers to master skills in Biblical study, systematic theology, and other areas necessary to the focus of their ministry. Mentors from Progressive Christian Alliance clergy may be called upon to help candidates improve their skills where necessary.
When the Regional Servant Leader is comfortable that the candidate is prepared for ministry, an application is submitted through them to the Leadership Council. The Leadership Council then enters into a period of discernment of call. Our model is one of servant leadership.
Ministers of the Progressive Christian Alliance are authorized within our Canons and the laws of the state in which they serve to act in a manner consistent with their calling; to serve sacramentally, ceremonially and publicly. It is the minister’s responsibility to know what local laws may impact their roles in ministry.
Progressive Christian Alliance ministers serve in many diverse roles such as chaplaincy (with Clinical Pastoral Education), spiritual direction (after completion of an accredited program), social justice organizations and shepherding of churches / individuals on the margins. Those who practice as counselors do so through an independent educational process. Many of our ministers have degrees beyond what the Progressive Christian Alliance requires for ordination and may have dual affiliation with another denominational body. It is our policy that those called by God into ministry be nurtured and readied for that call.