Paths to Ordained Ministry in the Swedenborgian Church

Ordained Ministry in the Swedenborgian Church of North America requires a Master’s of Divinity degree (M.Div or a recognized equivalent) that either includes or adds the Certificate of Swedenborgian Ministry Studies. Ordained clergy from other traditions who wish to obtain ordained status in the Swedenborgian Church may pursue the induction path which also may include completing the Certificate of Swedenborgian Ministry Studies.

Cameron and Alison being ordained

Those seeking ordination in The Swedenborgian Church of North America must complete the academic and vocational work noted above, in conjunction with the permission and guidance of Dean of the Center, the Committee on Admission into the Ministry (CAM) and the Council of Ministers (COM).

The M.Div. degree is generally a 3-year course of study that engages the several disciplines of theological education:  sacred texts, theology, ethics, history, spirituality, and several practical fields such as preaching, worship, and pastoral care. The Certificate of Swedenborgian Ministry Studies must be completed either in addition to or within the M.Div. degree program. The Center for Swedenborgian Studies has a special relationship with both Pacific School of Religion and Earlham School of Religion such that the entire Swedenborgian Certificate program is included in their M.Div. program. Students work in M.Div. programs anywhere in North America upon approval from the Committee on Admission to the Ministry and take their Swedenborgian courses in various modes of distance learning. Sometimes an M.A. or M.T.S. degree in combination with the Certificate of Swedenborgian Ministry Studies can be an approved academic plan on the ordination path.