That is not true. You do NOT need a degree to bring a soul to Christ and anyone who tells you otherwise is accountable to God for this untruth. Unfortunately our days are numbered so we are not guaranteed a tomorrow much less many years to complete man made requirements. All believers are Ministers as per the Great Commission of Matthew 28:16-20. Christ’s disciples didn’t go to seminary, they didn’t have degrees, diplomas or certificates and they weren’t even ordained, other than being ordained by the Lord. None of them had to produce large amounts of money to learn the Gospel. In Acts 8 and 9 you will read accounts of individuals who heard the message of Salvation, immediately repented and became baptized. They became believers and witnesses and ministers for the Lord. The scriptures never stated that you must go to school for many years, have a degree, or even an ordination. This are man’s stipulations however, all believers are told to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). We do not compete with any Theological Schools or Seminary and we sincerely encourage all to attend those should they have the opportunity. For those who cannot YSPEO provides affordable biblical study and legally earned credentials to those who wish to pursue the ministry. In Matthew 4:19 Jesus’ only requirement to his disciples was ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men’.
We hope to see those who have a calling to the ministry and those who are currently active in the ministry but do not have legal or Canadian credentials enroll in this program. The requirements:
- You must be at least 21 years old.
- You must complete a Vulnerable Sector Police Check
- You must be (or willing to be) baptized by full immersion.
- You must have a sincere calling to the ministry and be willing to undergo diligent study for 10 months.
- You must attend a Church assembly on a regular basis
- You must provide a recommendation from your Pastor
- Must display good Christian character.
- You must be able to afford the cost of this program.
Absolutely not! Each ministry that is affiliated with York St. Peter’s is sovereign and autonomous. We just offer you what you need in the way of training and credentials to further your ministry in a biblical, legal and respectable manner. Your acceptance of membership with York St. Peter’s will confirm your agreement to our faith, goals and commitment to God. Following your Program completion and evaluation Ordination we are confident that you will be able to manage your own ministry. We do not get involved with financial, administrative, operational or moral issues within your Ministry. What we do require is that our members adhere to our Organization’s rites, rituals and beliefs as outline in our Statement of Faith. For instance, teaching or praying in a name other than that of Jesus, worshiping idols, sprinkling rather than full immersion during a baptism, strange rituals during weddings such as spiritual chants, burning or sacrificing objects, performing same-sex marriages, these are some things that our Denomination does not support. We only require a Church Ministry Report submission every 6 months to ensure you are continuing your Ministry in a biblical manner. All Marriage Officers are accountable to YSPEO. All Churches are self –governing and responsible to the government of Ontario for their own federal and provincial undertakings as per the Constitutions and By-Laws governing this Denomination.
Anyone can teach anything in the name of Christianity. We need to ensure that all have a clear and correct knowledge of the Scriptures. Consideration will be given to those who have already completed Theological training through an established physical Christian College, University or Seminary and they may qualify for Ordination with minimal course requirements and examination, especially if they are currently active in the ministry and/or have solid years of active Ministry experience.
Minnisters and Chaplains are similar in many respects. Both provide counseling and spiritual ministry to those in need. However, differences exist between the two occupations. Pastors typically are associated with a specific church or parish and Ministers are Clergy general Clergy, while Chaplains generally are associated with a specific employer, agency or the community. Ministers are related only to the Christian faith and do not practice or observe any other where Chaplains are required to be knowledgeable of different cultures, observe and perform the rites and rituals of other faiths.
The YSPEO Pastoral Training Program curriculum was designed to be a blessing to the Body of Christ and also to be an affordable and achievable goal for Christian believers who wish to obey God’s commission to preach the Gospel, spread the message of Salvation, and provide Outreach Ministry. Each course module noticeably increasing in challenge as you progress. Based on biblical studies, research, experience and faith, this curriculum brings students closer to knowing God through the knowledge of the Word and the wonder and experience of God’s love. We start with a complete overview of the Bible. Lessons relate to personal, physical and spiritual lives, social and community issues along with other special applications of God’s Word. Once the Program is complete students will have learned how to apply these teachings to all aspects of their lives and pass them on to others. As this is Denominational training we do not offer credits or transcripts, diplomas or degree. You will receive a certificate of completion. This curriculum has been approved for college credit where used as such so you can expect to have a college equivalent Christian Education experience.
The courses are self paced and you can anticipate completing 1-3 course modules per month. There are over 50,000 students taking the Harvestime Institute portion of this Program worldwide so it is possible that you may have seen it before. Regardless, we work on an honor system and hope that all enter the Program with sincere intentions and full honesty before the Lord.
We have also included further content, assignments and examination questions. Processes have been specifically designed to ensure that questions are answered honestly and to protect against plagiarism. Our curriculum is sufficient to have an individual Ordained as a Christian Minister within our Denomination.
Our Ministry Training Online Courses can be accessed and completed online at your own pace. Courses and exams will all be studied online and via video conference meetings. At minimum 2 Practical Workshops must be attended in person at our Toronto church location, Baptism & Infant Dedication being mandatory and another of your choice. Other hands-on assignments may be completed from your own location. Your Pulpit Assessment date and time will be assigned to you 30 days prior to Ordination. You must attend your Ordination Ceremony at our GTA Church location.
This Program will have to be completed in full with an overall passing mark of 85% in order to achieve Ordination. No exceptions apply. We need to ensure all are competent and correct in teaching, preaching and baptizing prior to Ordination. Study needs to be completed on the first day of the same month of Ordination. If you do not complete the Program successfully, we do not give up on you. You will be able to resume studies at the membership rate of $50 per month until you become a candidate for Ordination.
You must be one of the following; an Ontario judge, justice of the peace, a municipal clerk or a Religious Official. YSPEO trains and ordains Christian Religious Officials. The Office of the Registrar General will only grant Registration to Solemnize Marriage to Ordained individuals who are authorized members in good standing of a Religious Denomination, which we are. In order to become eligible for registration;
- You must be a baptized Ordained Minister.
- You must agree with our Statement of Faith.
- You must undergo a Vulnerable Sector Police Check as you will be dealing with the public.
- You must attend and successfully complete our Marriage Program
- You must have an active ministry.
Registration to Solemnize Marriage is one of the most sought after credentials for those who are Ordained. It will not be offered to those who wish to obtain a title as a Christian leader of authority for public acceptance, respect, status or whimsical reasons. We are very particular regarding who we may represent to become Registered in order to protect the sanctity of the Gospel and also uphold our integrity with the Government of Canada. All applications to Solemnize Marriage in Ontario are approved and issued at the sole discretion of the Office of the Registrar General upon recommendation by this Denomination.
If you are an Ordained Minister yes you can depending on which Province you are applying to. In most cases you will have to be represented by a recognized Religious Denomination of that Province of which you are a member in good standing. This is a requirement by the Office Of The Registrar General in order to receive Registration to Solemnize Marriage in Ontario.
We do not want to be put in a position where we have to revoke anyone’s membership, but if your membership has been revoked for any reason you will be notified by email and in writing without refund. Know that all Assignments and Registrations will become null and void immediately. If you were Registered to Solemnize Marriages in Ontario the Registrar General will be notified that your membership is no longer in good standing which will result in your Registration being cancelled immediately;
- Slanderous comments regarding the Gospel or inappropriate comments directed towards our Clergy or Administrative Staff, the Organization or other members.
- Unbecoming behavior at our meetings, workshops or special events.
- Displaying an argumentative spirit.
- Failure to submit your Church Ministry Report twice a year.
- Failure to honor your financial obligation to the Organization.
- Failure to observe and teach the Word of Jesus Christ and/or deviance from the Truth as written in the scriptures.
- Failure to uphold this Denominations policies, procedures and Statement of Faith
- Performing un-Godly or same-sex marriages.
- Ungodly character or engaging in criminal activities.
- Activities which put this Denomination at legal risk.
- Using any information specific to this Denomination including our name within your ministry correspondences or advertising without our consent.
- Misleading or misrepresenting statements regarding this Denomination.
- Instigating contention and/or confusion within this Organization.
- Failing to report a performed Marriage within 3 days of a Marriage.
- Aggressively challenging our administrative policies, procedures and that of the Marriage Act.
- No communication over a reasonable period of time.
Please be clear on our payment policies.
All members are responsible for paying their Course and/or Membership Fees on the dates arranged upon acceptance. Should there be any difficulty in honoring a payment on the required date (with exception of the first payment) the member must call us at least 3 days prior to their payment due date to make an arrangement for payment within the next 15 days. Communication is key! If 15 days have past and no payment or arrangement has been made a $40 late fee will be added and the Program or membership will be given a grace period of 10 more days to bring their account up to date. Following this grace period with non-payment or no communication the Course or Membership/Registration will be cancelled without further notification. Should the individual wish to be reinstated a new application will have to be completed adhering to the current prices and requirements. Upon acceptance full annual payment must be made to be accepted into the Program or receive registration once again.