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Standard Requirements

The Universal Church of the Master was founded in 1908, and since its beginnings our UCM ministers have been training and preparing new candidates for the ministry. Our teachings are eclectic and seek to promote basic Christian principles as set forth in the Holy Bible, The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus Christ, and other sacred writings and teachings from the world community of religions. To provide a common foundation for our ministers, each candidate for the ministry is required to study and pass an examination on the contents of each of two texts written by the late Dr. B.J. Fitzgerald, who served with distinction as the President of our church for over thirty-five years, until his death in 1967. Beyond these basic studies, preparation for the ministry in UCM is largely a personal path to be traveled by the student-candidate under the direction and guidance of a sponsoring minister, who, together with the student, determines the training, preparation, and other studies required and who evaluates the progress of the student. In addition there are certain requirements established by the Board of Trustees of the Universal Church of the Master which, as they are completed, serve as mile posts, marking the progress of the student towards ordination.

Please Note: All correspondence between student and headquarters should be transmitted through the sponsoring minister. This procedure eliminates confusion and duplication of correspondence. The student file number assigned to the student-candidate should appear on all correspondence.

Registration as a Ministerial Student

To register as a ministerial student, the candidate must have an Ordained UCM Minister as a sponsor. The sponsor writes to headquarters advising that he or she is sponsoring the student as a ministerial candidate. The first letter should include student's full name, address, telephone number, and email address, if applicable. The suggested student registration donation should be included, as the student file is not opened until the suggested donation is received. The student may also wish to order the two texts by Dr. Fitzgerald at this time. (See Supplemental Sheet for costs).

Upon receipt of the sponsor's request and the suggested donation, a student file is opened for the candidate and a Student File Number is assigned. Headquarters then returns to the student (through the sponsor) a Student Membership Card and an Application for Membership in UCM to be completed by the student. The student's registration fee covers a two year period. Once the two year period has expired, additional registration fees will be required.

The student will then prepare and obtain the following items. These items should be transmitted to headquarters through the sponsoring minister within 90 days:

  1. The completed Application for Membership in UCM, including a statement of the reasons why the student feels called to the ministry.
  2. A completed résumé prepared by the student which includes:
    • Student's formal academic education
    • Religious training
    • Other significant training, studies, workshops, etc.
    • Employment and work experience
    • Self-appraisal of the student's spiritual gifts
  3. Two character references attesting to the student's good character and suitability for the ministry. These two letters should be from persons who have known the candidate for at least five years and should be addressed to the Board of Trustees, UCM. Reference letters must contain the writer's address.

At this time, the student and sponsor should review the suggested items to be studied for Healer Practitioner or Licentiate Minister. Both Licentiate Ministers and Healer Practitioners are permitted to do healing and prayer work, offer spiritual counseling and instruction, and share spiritual messages. They are not authorized to perform marriages, baptisms or funerals.

Certification as a Licentiate Minister

The student shall have completed at least one year of study with the sponsor (or its equivalent elsewhere, as determined by the sponsor) and shall have already been registered as a ministerial student, but need not have been registered as such for the whole year. When the sponsor decides that the student is prepared, they may request the test for Licentiate Minister/Healer Practitioner certification, an open book test on A New Text of Spiritual Philosophy and Religion by Dr. B.J. Fitzgerald. The test is sent to the sponsor for the student to take. The completed test is returned to headquarters to be graded. If the test is not passed, the student must wait a minimum of six (6) months before retaking the examination.

If the student passes, the final application papers are sent to the sponsor. These include the Application for Licentiate Minister/Healer Practitioner, the Sponsoring Minister's Evaluation form, and two UCM Minister's recommendation forms.

The sponsor then sends to headquarters the following items:

  1. The Application for Licentiate Minister/Healer Practitioner completed and signed by the student.
  2. The suggested donation for certification as a Licentiate Minister/Healer Practitioner.
  3. The Sponsoring Minister's Evaluation Form, completed by the sponsor, evaluating and attesting to the student's spiritual gifts, qualifications and readiness for the ministry.
  4. Two Minister Recommendation forms.

Upon receipt and favorable evaluation of all of the items listed above, the Licentiate Minister or Healer Practitioner certificate is issued and sent to the sponsor for presentation to the candidate. As the Licentiate Minister or Healer Practitioner continues their studies under the supervision of the sponsor, the sponsor may submit a request to complete the process of certification as an Ordained Minister of UCM.

Certification as an Ordained Minister

A research paper or project is required for ordination certification by the Licentiate Minister or Healer Practitioner. The topic must first be approved by the UCM Board of Trustees and an outline of the project or research paper must be submitted in writing before the sponsor can request testing for ordination. For further information about this requirement candidate should confer with his or her sponsor.

Once the Licentiate Minister or Healer Practitioner has served as such for a minimum of one year, and submitted to headquarters his/her completed research paper or project, and the sponsor determines that the candidate is prepared for ordination, the sponsor will request the test for Ordained Minister, an open-book test on The Minister's Guide and Service Book by Dr. B.J. Fitzgerald. The final forms will sent to the sponsor, and an up-dated résumé may be requested at this time.

The sponsor then sends to headquarters the following items:

  1. The Application for Ordained Minister completed and signed by the student.
  2. The suggested donation for Ordination.
  3. The Sponsoring Minister's Evaluation Form, completed by the sponsor, evaluating and attesting to the student's spiritual gifts, qualifications and readiness for the ministry.
  4. Two Minister Recommendation forms

Each student is required to take an independent CPR certification course, through the American Red Cross, local hospital, or community college. Proof of completion will be required via transcript or certificate.

Upon receipt and favorable evaluation of all of the items listed above, an Ordination certificate is issued and sent to the sponsor for presentation in an Ordination ceremony.

Special Circumstances

Transfer Applicants should contact the church office for current information and policies.

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