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A sacrament is a rite or ceremony instituted as a means of visible sign of grace. The English word
The numeration, naming, understanding, and the adoption of the sacraments vary according to denomination. Most Protestant denominations
recognize at least two: baptism and the Lord's Supper. However, Roman Catholics and some Protestant denominations list seven sacraments

The sacraments accepted by EMMI and the traditions are limit by the number of sacraments to five:

1. Baptising

2.Eucharist (communion/worship)


4.Unction & Funerals

5.Holly Order (ordination)

  • The Chaplaincy Ministry People Helping People:
  1. Nationally with the Chaplaincy organization with the clergy members visiting.           
    A chaplain provides pastoral (spiritual) and emotional support for service
    personnel, including the conduct of religious services in the field. Chaplaincy is      
    a ministry serving hospital, nursing home, or institution. We wear military uniforms,
    hospital gowns, hard hats, and badges, chaplains are generally "bi-vocational".   
    We listen, care, and respond. A ministry of presence and availability.
  2. Internationally with Harmony and URI, open to other religions, even if we keep a
    position on our believe, meaning accessible to all, understand other faith and   
    agree to be part in interfaith organizations to promote peace with the cooperative
    group HARMONY using the interaction between people of different religious
    traditions at the individual level with the aims to create social assistance to     
    anyone in need.
    The chaplaincy is a training and leadership for the clergy in more work for the
    The chaplaincy is a religious and priestly organization. Today this primitive ideal    
    of sharing continues with solidarity actions of the chaplains with the poorest and
    most fragile and care for community development activities

  • The Spiritual Services Ministry
  1. Baptism
  2. Baby Welcoming
  3. Wedding
  4. Commitment ceremony
  5. The affirmation of love ceremony
  6. Communion, a meal or a banquet with a ritual to bless the meal and people
  7. Funerals
  8. Ordering new member of the clergy
  9. Preaching
  10. Benedictions
  11. Consecration of the water ceremony
  12. Candlelight Tribute ceremony
  13. Prayers reciting on demand
  14. Solstice and Equinox ceremonies
  15. Special Celebrations

  • Research, Theology and Teaching Ministry
  1. Bible Archeology
  2. Christian History
  3. Religion & Spirituality
  4. Class

  • New Hope Ministry & Mission

  • Lay Ministry
Voici les cinq ministères:
Our Ministries
We encourage you to get involved in small groups that will meet in homes on a friendship,
life and faith. As the group connects they pray with and for a subject of mutual interest to
discuss in order to help growing spiritually.
you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God~ Heb 13:16
    Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together,
    running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be
    measured back to you~ Luc 6:38
The Chaplaincy
others and we say that kindness is contagious.. Base on the Founders life experiences
and research indicates that those who consistently help other people experience less
depression, greater calm, fewer pains and better health. They may even live longer.

How we proceed
With our staff of chaplains and lay chaplains (volunteers) we visit people on location,
specially with our
Harmony Program
It is our biggest  ministry it counts for 70% of all our expenses.

An other way of helping, it is what we have virtually in place (Internet Web Sites)
We have to do our task of helping others what we call sub-ministries divided in this fashion:
Pet Chaplain services to the animals and their owners. We set up a Friends Search, as we
selling or buying products or services
  1. Health we have a Health page with advise and products and using the Forum as a
    dialogue and information place.
  2. leisure we have the Forum and the Community websites.
  3. Interfaith via many projects like Harmony and URI, you can find our Interfaith Team
    in other associations and organizing activities among us and other religions.
    Supporter with the Chaplaincy of the Golden Rule.
The Spiritual Services Ministry
The spiritual service ministry is the base of our faith, it is the only one that is  totally
religious and services by our clergy.
This ministry is to one that celebrates our five services known in other faiths as
sacraments.. We do have Lay personals like in our Counseling Service helping the
clergy performing their tasks.
Research, Theology and Teaching Ministry
RTT  is Rev  Eric Michel's passion, the oldest ministry the one of 1987, result of his
research's and studies started in 1966.
Forum and Classes or like the Videos.
  • Aime Dieu, aime toi-même et aime ton prochain
    Pour tous les chrétiens, la révélation est complètement
    et définitivement donnée en Jésus Christ. Cependant,
    c'est le rôle de l'Église de transmettre cette révélation et
    le rôle de pasteur chrétien est de faire prendre conscience
    aux gens de s'aimer entre eux et de les aidé du mieux que
    je peux. Ma meilleur façon de prêché en est par l’exemple,
    aussi par suggestions et déduction.
les gens aux services déjà existant, que se soit, social ou santé. Mettre
sur pied des organismes si le besoins y est avec l'aide de partenaires.  
Participé a des table de concertations dans le but toujours d'aider les
  • Le ministere des Services Spirituels la possibilité de marier les
    gens, est un atout comme pasteur aumônier, je donne pas aucun
    sacrements mais j'utilise de manière spirituelles les même termes dont:
  1. Le baptême: l’accueil du nouveau bébé
  2. L'eucharistie: un repas ou un banquet, bénir le repas et les gens
  3. Le mariage
  4. Les funérailles
  5. L'ordre: travail reconnue aux services des gens

Sur demande uniquement     

  • Le ministere de la recherche, la theologie et se l'enseignement

  • Le ministère Nouvelle Espoire et Mission

  • Le ministère Laique
The Eric Michel Ministries Int'l exists to help accomplish in the world the work of Christ.
We are an independent and autonomous organization.
Christian Unitarian and Liberal Baptist belief
Our goal is to combine the protestant form of worship
The majestic rituals with the widest measure of intellectual freedom
And respect for individual conscience
Eric Michel Ministries a Unitarian Baptist Corporation who allows:
  1. The use of local language for spirituals celebrations.
  2. Access to the priesthood of married ministers and access to priesthood without discrimination to women with the same powers and privileges as men.
  3. Dissolution of a religious marriage after a civil divorce and the possibility remarry religiously.
  4. Encourages the use of condoms. It is no sin to protect and/or to protect his or her partner of all possible S.T.D.
  5. Abortion, we consider all situations with human compassion.
  6. Our worship Service is base on Baptist, Unitarian and Liberal Progressive Celebration.
1. The Chaplaincy:
    A chaplain is a priest, pastor, rabbi, imam, lay representative of a world view attached to a secular  institution such as a hospital, prison, military unit, police department,   
    university, or private chapel. Though originally the word chaplain referred to representatives of the Christian faith, it is now applied to men and women of other religions or
    philosophical traditions such as in the case of the Humanist in  Belgium. In recent years many lay individuals have received professional training in chaplaincy and are  now
    appointed as to work alongside or instead of official members of the clergy. The concept of  'generic' and/or 'multi-faith' chaplaincy  is also gaining increasing support,   
    particularly within healthcare  and educational settings.
God's People Called for the Chaplaincy Ministry

we respect the diversity of religious beliefs,we work cooperatively with people of all faiths, and even if our members consider themselves Christian, we work together to offer an open-
door ministry of care and counselling to all faiths and to non-believers as well.

Community Chaplaincy Services:
  1. Hospital Chaplaincy
  2. Military Chaplaincy
  3. Correctional Chaplaincy
  4. Workplace Chaplaincy
  5. Hospice Chaplaincy
  6. Veterans Affairs Chaplaincy
  7. Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
  8. Fire Department Chaplaincy
  9. EMS Chaplaincy
  10. Pet Chaplaincy
  11. School Chaplaincy
  12. Non-Profits Groups Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy Ministry People Helping People:

Our services are: Nationally with the Chaplaincy organization with the clergy members visiting. A chaplain provides pastoral (spiritual) and emotional support for service personnel,
including the conduct of religious services in the field. Chaplaincy is a ministry serving hospital, nursing home, or institution. We wear military uniforms, hospital gowns, hard hats, and
badges, chaplains are generally bi-vocational. We listen, care, and respond. A ministry of presence and availability.
Internationally with Harmony and URI, open to other religions, even
if we keep a position on our believe, meaning accessible to all, understand other faith and agree to be part in interfaith organizations to promote peace with the cooperative group
HARMONY using the interaction between people of different religious traditions at the individual level with the aims to create social assistance to anyone in need. The chaplaincy is a
training and leadership for the clergy in more work for the faithful. The chaplaincy is a religious and priestly organization. Today this primitive ideal of sharing continues with solidarity
actions of the chaplains with the poorest and most fragile and care for community development activities.

Chaplaincy Ministry is about the great commission, feeling being called to do something that will make a difference in your life. Becoming ordained and licensed as a Chaplain will gave
you as Chaplains when seeing someone in need to have the ability to help them for the love of Jesus.

Chaplains are Ordained Lay Minister or Licensed Christian Ministers (Clergy person) and are authorized to provide and perform religious support  to nurture the living, care for the dying,
and honor the dead in accordance with our Canon Laws under the auspice of Eric Michel Ministries International.

This religious support include  the following:

Clergy Chaplain Services: Worship Celebration and Ceremonies, administer  sacraments of  Baptisms; Communion; Marriage; Last Rites

Clergy and Lay Chaplain: Visiting individuals; calling on families; activities and "ministry of presence"; and other similar pastoral activities.
  • Ministers desiring to serve as chaplains shall first obtain the blessing of the Board of Elders.
  • Ministers considering duty as a chaplain should be well-formed spiritually in the Christian tradition.
  • Upon entering the Chaplaincy during the course of assignments and travel, the chaplain shall request guidance from the Deputy Chief Chaplain regarding the registry of any
  • Prior to accepting a chaplain appointment the minister shall be made fully aware of the duties expected of a chaplain as specified in the Canon Laws. He will be expected to fulfill
    these duties without reservation.

  • The chaplain shall provide religious services for Christian who request these of him, in accordance with the customs, traditions, and usage of Eric Michel Ministries International.
  • The chaplain in the community shall as the needs may require, provide general prayer services for all citizen. Such services might include invocation and/or benediction prayers at
    official functions, of non-denominational prayer services for people of mixed faiths as specify in the Book of Prayers. Non-denominational prayer service might include the singing
    of general Christian hymns, readings from the Holy Bible, a sermon, and general prayers for the health, welfare, and well-being of those present. The chaplain cannot participate in
    hymns, readings, or rituals whose content is not Christian, but can be present and be a supporting ministers according to our inter-faiths rules, when celebrating funeral service for
    non-Christian, he shall do so in accordance as established by Eric Michel Ministries International.

The Roles of the Chaplain and the Chaplain Assistant
Why Were You Recruited As a Chaplain?
  • A chaplaincy is a resource for religious organizations, schools, and community and civic groups to use in their program for the community people.
  • Chaplain is a program based on duty to God and designed to be enhance:
  • A personal value system
  • Leadership skills
  • Citizenship responsibilities
  • Career awareness
  • Personal fitness

The Basic Opportunity
In this capacity, you as the chaplain have an opportunity to be a friend to the Community and leaders and to contribute to their spiritual welfare and growth. You as the chaplain, by virtue
of your position and personality, can encourage people in their work and other aspects of their lives.

The Job Description
  • Provide spiritual counseling service when needed or requested.
  • Provide Outreach Opportunities
  • You need to ask the responsible to report accidents, illnesses, and other problems of members to you.
  • You should become aware of situations where a pastoral call would be appropriate and beneficial.
  • Responsible who are in regular contact with their members often are the first to know of situations that may need pastoral attention. If a member misses several meetings, it may
    be an indication that something is wrong. Ask that the names of absentees be shared with you.
  • As chaplain you have the opportunity to visit and discover the source of the problem, you should discuss this problem with the appropriate individual or committee.
Eric Michel Ministries International Chaplaincy a Christian Services
"Ministry of Presence" during times of need
Who can be a Chaplain?
We are looking for qualified individuals who are seeking to have an impact in the lives of people helping them to thrive.
All Chaplains must be qualified. Chaplains are required to have as a minimum a Certificate in Pastoral Care. No you do not need to be a pastor or minister to work with us. If you would
like to discuss further please contact us at

RTTM Seminary

Like to be a member of the clergy and/or a Chaplain?
For several years, the EMMI provides with its partners a program leading to marriages and all other ministerial duties under the laws of United States and Canada.

Ordained ministers by the Holly Spirit:
We are authorized to perform baptisms, marriage, funerals, and serve the Eucharist.

EMMI  with our Partners created a program that can meet the needs of all those wishing to study and prepare for any type of ministry - including ordained by another organization or
denomination, active members of the laity of the church, theologians, religious educators, chaplains, and lay people who would serve in ordained minister.

Christian Seminary program is not intended to be a substitute for an education, but it provides in-depth knowledge in the areas of Christian theology and history, and the  
ministerial ethics training in pastoral care, implementing care disciples and the church.

If you are a layman who wants to learn more about Liberal Christianity and serve in a role pastoral, this course will give you the knowledge, confidence, and legal references you need!

After going through the program's coordination at EMMI Liberal Christian Seminary, you can feel prepared and ready to do all the following:
  • Celebrated weddings
  • Funerals
  • Baptisms in the Liberal Christian spirit
  • Serve as spiritual counsellor
  • Lead a study group
  • To teach the theology
  • Start a chaplaincy with the help of EMMI

We are also happy to provide credentials for people who have been ordained by other organizations.
Many ministers and seminarians believe in the Liberal Christian faith are looking for a way to study this subject in depth, because most seminars offer little or no education on Liberal
Christian Theology and & History.
If you. Already are a student minister or seminarian and you wish to complete your education with a robust program especially in Liberal Christian faith our program can be shortened to
you, depending on your previous experience.
Successfully complete the process as approved by the Selection Committee of  EMMI Board of Elders.

How to become a minister:
The education program requires an applicant to do the following:
  1. Send an application form by Email or Mail
  2. Obtain a criminal background check. This is mainly to protect our body against prosecution if one of our ministers commits a serious crime as part of its corporate functions - by
    example we would not inadvertently order a child molester who has been convicted. Having three people who know you that we submit confidential letters of recommendation
    directly to us.
  3. Read from the Bible, articles, and books.
  4. Submit a CV
  5. Send a signed copy of the declaration and commitment to EMMI regarding faith and not the hatred.
  6. Write an article on your spiritual path and the call to ministry, a document about your beliefs,spiritual, and documents in response to assigned readings.
  7. Accept and pay all fees. This fees covers all costs time and money associated with the processing of your application, conducts background checks criminals, the review letters of
    recommendation and any written materials submitted by you, You meet in person or by phone, etc.. They do not cover the cost of books. Training and other expenses related to
    fiscal departments work of reading and writing can be shortened for people who are already ministers with knowledge and experiences, evaluated case by case basis.

Registration fees can be reduced for individuals who are approved by the Selection Committee of EMMI accelerated program of course work requirements with significantly reduced.
(notice amounts can change at any times with out warning)

The application process is simple:
  1. Send in your EMMI application form
  2. Signed copy of your declaration of faith and promise not to hate, and have three letters of recommendation to be sent to us by these persons NOT yourself.

This material will be reviewed and a criminal background check will be performed.
If the Selection Committee feel that you are well suited to become a minister  at EMMI, you will be admitted into the program.

Important Note: The fees does not guarantee that ordination will be granted!

The EMMI is not an ordination mail order, this is not a pay for ordination If you Looking for a quick way to effortlessly ordered and study, and that will not be taken seriously by most
people and churches, look elsewhere.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a credible ordination will build your knowledge and skills, and you'll be proud to put on your resume, your encouraged to go through the process
of studying
program EMMI.

We have a serious educational program to be taken seriously and completed by the applicant in a manner that demonstrates learning
and the desire of the Liberal Christian to be
ordained by the EMMI. If you have questions before applying, please contact us at the Public Relations seminary@ericmichelministries.org

Certification of any rank of Chaplain is valid for life
Certificates of completion will be issued for each course completed with a passing score of at least a B- or better

EMMI Grading System For All Classes

A+ = 96  to  100%
A- =  81  to   95%    Excellent
B  =  71  to    80%   Superior If you have this mark at 1st try B+  /  if it is your 2nd try you will get B-
C  =  61  to   70%    Average  you will need to redo the exam to receive a B- if  your mark is 71+, if not redo the program
D  =  51  to   60%    Inferior you are require to redo the complete program
E  =    0  to   50 %   Failure this is not your vocation
White Shirt & Black Tie  or with clergyman shirt last photo with Comdr rank (5 bars).
Chaplaincy Christian Flag  
Christian Flag                                                                                                                     
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Christian Flag is a flag designed in the early 20th century to represent all of Christianity and Christendom, and has been most popular among Christian churches in North America,
Africa and Latin America.  The flag has a white field, with a red Latin cross inside a blue canton. The shade of red on the cross symbolizes the blood that Jesus shed on Calvary. The
blue represents the waters of baptism as well as the faithfulness of Jesus. The white represents Jesus' purity. In conventional vexillology, a white flag is linked to surrender, a reference
to the Biblical description of Jesus' non-violence and surrender to God. The dimensions of the flag and canton have no official specifications.

The flag was first accepted by the mainline Protestant denominations in the United States, and by the 1980s many institutions had described policies for displaying it inside churches.
During World War II the flag was flown along with the U.S., flag in a number of Lutheran churches, many of them with German backgrounds, who wanted to show their solidarity
with the United States during the war with Germany.

The Christian Flag spread outside North America with Protestant missionaries. It can be seen today in or outside many Protestant churches throughout the world, particularly in Latin
America and Africa, as well as some Roman Catholic churches. It has so far been adopted by some churches in Europe, Asia, and Africa as well. Eastern Orthodox, especially parishes
in the Western Rite tradition have only recently started to use the flag.

2. New Hope Ministry & Missions
Our motto is:  Alone we can do little but together we can bring hope and love
Rt. Rev Marie Yvonne
Community Chaplain & Counselor
Bishop, leader of the Synod
Co-Founder of the Chaplaincy Ministry
And Founder of the
New Hope Ministry and Missions.
NHMM is a Liberal Baptist Ministry who is under the direction of it's founder the Rev. Marie Yvonne
This ministry is more open than the main stream Christians. If you are free Christian and have your own beliefs, you will be welcome here with us, we turn no one away, our ministry is
open to all Christians. We invite you to visit our Chapel and if you like what you see and do not have a home church or are disillusioned by what you have been learning, we would love to
have you join us.

NHMM statement of faith:
  1. We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures and the authority of both the Old and New Testaments.
We believe that God eternally exists in three Persons the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and that these three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and
worthy of the same worship and reverence.
We believe man was created in the image of God.
We believe Christ, the Son of God, took upon Himself the form of a man by means of the virgin birth, lived a sinless life, yet retained His absolute deity, being at the same time very God
and very man.
We believe that atonement for sin was made by the sacrificial and substitutionary death of Jesus Christ.
We believe in the literal resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and His priestly intercession.
We believe salvation is the gift of God by the sacrifice of His Son alone and received by faith in Christ, and that this faith is manifested in works pleasing to God.
We believe the Holy Spirit is comforter who indwells and places every believer in the Body of Christ, bestows spiritual gifts upon the Church and convicts the world of sin and the
judgment to come.
We believe that the ordinances of the church, by the command of Christ, are Baptism, the Lord's Supper, Marriage, Unction of the sicks and the Holly Order.
We believe in the eternal salvation of all people.
Jesus Christ reveals the nature and character of God and is the spiritual leader of humankind.
Humankind is created with an immortal soul which death does not end, and which God will never destroy.
Sin has negative consequences for the sinner either in this life or the afterlife.
All of God's punishments for sin are corrective and remedial.
We are Liberal Christian who follow Jesus as our primary spiritual teacher.
We emphasizes the all-inclusive love of God and tends to be more open to finding truth and value in Christian spiritual traditions.
Base on the statement that God is everywhere, we believe in mystical philosophy of a certain kind of panentheism to describe the proof of God in the creation.
We provide what the mainstream churches provide except that our views are more relaxed and we are not bogged down in dogma.

We preform weddings, funerals,baby dedications or baptism in which you can write out your own vows or use ours, Weddings are open to traditional as well as homosexual union. We
perform marriage and re-marriages

Rev. Marie stand on abortion depends on the circumstances. She likes to pass on to our youth the message that they should always have respect and control over their own bodies. Be
aware and educated on STD and to always guard against them.

The New Hope Ministry and Missions is the ministry that take care of all our celebrations, take care of all our Lay person concerning worship and it is the ministry who is in charge of the
chapel. Under the supervision of Rt. Rev. Marie Yvonne, with the RTT Ministry are the ones who deal directly to all our members and work under St Luke Sub-Ministry.

The Women Sub-Ministry:

New Hope Women's Ministry was launched in December 2014 and was born out of my desire to share the things that I've learned over the years through ministry. NHWM is not a staffed
ministry but my personal ministry of sharing with others.

My focus is on teaching other ladies the skills and know-how to work confidently with other women so that they may enjoy the fruits and benefits of building a
Creative Ladies Ministry
among the women they work with or are in contact with. When I first gained Internet access when all things Internet were fairly new, I started posting devotional on a group that I started
on Facebook that I called Meditations To Calm The Soul,and I received a very good response from a lot of people. I began
NHMM website as an extension of EMMI website and this lead
me to start up a  Women's Ministry. I decided to start sharing the things I'd learned in ministry

Women website ministry can be a blessing to a lot of ladies that are stay at home moms and also the working woman that would like a place where they can find a little solitude after
a stressful day, to our seniors who have a treasure trove of experience that they can share. The Lord always blesses our efforts and I want to share  Women's Miniseries as I feel He leads.

My hope is that by sharing my resources with other women that we can build a ministry as more people will want to join with me to make this ministry an outreach to people everywhere.
God tells us to do it. He doesn't say that  we have to do it well,  He just tells us to do it, so I feel like this is my way of ministering to and mentoring other women, and I am inviting you to
join me.

I appreciate each one of you that stop by and hope that you are blessed and inspired through the many areas of the websites. My hope is that you will go away with some creative ideas to
serve the Lord and use for ministry.

Let's build a ministry together.

Rev. Marie

NHMM Website and Women Sub-Ministry Website
3. Spiritual Services Ministry

4. Research, Theology and Teaching Ministry
5. Lay Ministry
Where are the positions of lay person in the fellowship?
  1. Archbishop (ordained)
  2. Synod Bishop (ordained)
  3. Bishop (ordained)
  4. Minister (ordained)
  5. Deacon (ordained)
  6. Lay Chaplain and Lay Minister play a non-sacramental and assisting role in the liturgy (ordained)
  7. Seminarian
  8. Lay member including Lay leader

Lay Ministry

Chaplaincy Member
EMMI Lay Chaplains are appointed by our  Board of Elders and are trained by our academy partner. They do the same thing as minister chaplain but do not perform any sacraments.

Ordinary Member
  • Lay member may be sitting on the Board of Elders
  • Lay Leader is in charge of a group
  • Lay member help ministers in perform marriages and other spiritual ceremonies.
  • An Official Lay Member can be representing his chaplaincy at Annual Conference

Lay Chaplain is for all those who have very little experience or no experience in ministry and never been legally ordained. Lay chaplains are required to complete courses. The courses are
provided by us and partner in social and religious organisations. Certificates of completion will be issued after completing all courses with a passing score of at least 85%. After field stage   
and probation.

A layperson generally refers to a non-ordained member of a church

Lay Chaplain Ministry roles:
In religious organizations, the laity consists of all members who are not a part of the clergy, whether they are or are not members of religious institutes, for example a nun or lay brother.    
The word lay derives from the Anglo-French lai meaning the people at large.
Extraordinary minister of Holy Communion
An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion in the Chaplaincy, under the Code of Canon Law, a Christ's faithful deputed to distribute Holy Communion. The term "extraordinary"
distinguishes such a person from the regular minister of Holy Communion, namely a bishop, priest or deacon.

Canon law permits that where the needs of the Church require and ministers are not available, lay people can supply certain of their functions, that is, exercise the ministry of the word, preside
over liturgical prayers, confer baptism and distribute Holy Communion, in accordance with the provisions of the law. The term "lay people" does not distinguish between men and women. The
extraordinary minister's function is to distribute Holy Communion, either within Mass or by taking it to a sick person, when an ordained minister (bishop, priest or deacon) is absent or
impeded. In order to avoid confusion about this function, an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion is to be called a "Lay minister".

Such Lay minister are in practice seminarians or former seminarians, or those in deacon formation. The local bishop may delegate other lay members for the function of extraordinary minister
of Holy Communion either for a single occasion or for a specified period of time re: Lay Chaplain, if there are reasons of real necessity. The commissioning need not take a liturgical form of an
appropriate ordination.

The extraordinary minister of Holy Communion may administer Communion only when the priest and deacon are lacking, when the priest is prevented by weakness or advanced age or some
other genuine reason, or when the number of faithful coming to Communion is so great that the very celebration of worship would be unduly prolonged.  
Lay Chaplain Ministry roles:
In religious organizations, the laity consists of all members who are not a part of the clergy, whether they are or are not members of religious institutes, for example a nun or lay brother. The
word lay derives from the Anglo-French lai meaning the people at large.
  • Conducting Prayers
  • Publishing banns of marriage
  • Teaching, and assisting in pastoral care
  • Conducting funerals
  • Acting as ushers
  • Acting as liturgists
  • Making announcements
  • Reading scripture
  • Giving guest preaching sermons
  • Serving or chairing church committees
  • Congregational advocate and liaison

At the Chapel
Each week for our Sunday Service we have our laity involved with the follow roles: Acolytes  are lay chaplain volunteers who assist the minister in worship. An acolyte lights and sometimes
carries candles, and helps in the preparation of ritual of spiritual services. Our youth and adults are encouraged to participate as acolytes.

Gild is a special lay chaplain service group in the chaplaincy who prepare the altar and maintain the furnishings the building. The guild usually supervises all seasonal chapel decorations and
is usually responsible for all flower arrangements. A member or two from the gild arrives early before the service to prepare the altar linens, and ensure that our readiness for the worship
service.  They are member of the worship committee.

Chalice bearer is or are lay chaplain person who administers the chalice during the worship.  Generally two people per service are needed and on occasionally holidays there may be a need
for additional chalice bearers.

Lectors (lay chaplain Reader) Any non-ordained person who participates in reading part of a worship service.  The lectionary readings for the service consist designate texts. The prayers of
the people are also read by a lector. The lectors generally practice their reading the week leading up to the date of the service. In general a worship service has 2 lectors assigned.

Tellers lay chaplain volunteers who collect, count, record and deposit donations received usually following a chapel service or other chapel event.  They receive training and direction from the
finance committee. Our procedure is to have 2 tellers assigned.

Greeters lay chaplain volunteers who welcome all who enter our doors. They demonstrate our chapel’s commitment to hospitality. The greeters create the first impression with newcomers.  
For our corporation members our greeters provide needed acknowledgement that they are important to us all.

Ushers lay chaplain volunteers who distribute worship materials and guide participates of a worship service or event to a comfortable seat.  They also provide the count of the number people
attending the service or event. Our ushers arrive early before the service.  There may be material distributed following the worship service as well.  Similar to our Greeters, the ushers are also
some of the first persons to come in contact with any newcomers or visitors.

Committees:  The following committees are largely filled by lay chaplain volunteers with clergy and shared ministry team members also participating. Most leadership positions on the
committee are held by a lay chaplain person.  See the church calendar regarding meeting times and identification of chairperson/coordinator.

Bishop’s Committee is the governing body responsible for operational matters The Bishop’s Committee shall consist of a Bishop,a Senior Chaplain,  a Junior Chaplain, The Treasurer, Five
other at-large members elected by the corporation members, The Secretary of the Bishop’s Committee (non-voting), Guest  (non-voting).

Lay Leader is a member of corporation who has been chosen as a leader.  Since lay leadership is not an ordained clerical office, the lay leader's responsibilities vary.

Lay Scholar is a person who acts as a scholar but without the training or degree that normally goes with it. Some lay scholars are able to build a reputation of knowledge that allows them to
obtain positions of authority normally reserved for the formally trained.

The Finance Committee is responsible for reviewing the financial performance of EMMI and making recommendations to the Elders Board Committee and the Bishop Committee . The
committee meets monthly and reviews the previous month's financial results. It also considers any significant upcoming expenditures and advises the Elder Board Committee about the impact
on the chaplaincy finances and alternatives for dealing with the issue. It also is responsible for developing the annual budget and working with the Elders Board Committee and the Bishop
Committee to finalize an approved annual plan. The committee is led by the treasurer and also includes the Junior & Senior Chaplain and others interested in helping with financial issues.

NB: A Lay Chaplain can be a superior to a minister depending of his role in the chaplaincy

Please Note: If you have any questions please contact us. A senior chaplain or an Elder will be happy to help you with any questions you have. It is the goal of EMMI Chaplaincy to empower
people to help people. This is done in recognition equal to their academic, life experience and achievements,as well as the demonstrated competence they have shown in their personal and
professional lives. Life experiences are vital and very important in the life of a chaplain. Eric Michel Ministries places a lot of value on life and ministry field experiences.

EMMI Chaplain Ministry recruits hard working men and women to work as chaplain for hospice, nursing homes, Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, Emergency services and community

Emergency Ministry of Chaplain and Assistant (TEMCA) is a sub ministry of the Chaplaincy
For Lay and Minister as well but the requirement is to  be a member or an ex-member of Emergency Professionals  as Policemen, Firefighter, a ambulance personal or any civil government
approved related emergency crisis employee.

Emergency Chaplains is commissioned to work in a context different of a church. He is engages in a ministry of helps and is also on the lookout for opportunities to offer a listening ear
and heart or to give a healing word of counsel or encouragement in his outreach visitations. The bottom line an TEMCA Chaplains is called by God and sent out to serve the personal &
professional needs of emergency service people and their families and to share the word of hope. TEMCA is a non profit organization who promote tolerance and understanding, as well as,
provide professional, trained and dedicated chaplains in the various fields of need. The work of the chaplain differs greatly from the work of the pastorate. The pastor cares for the spiritual
needs of the congregation; whereas, the chaplain must care for the needs of the any other faith need as well. (See
(Note: New since September 2015 programs are set up for orthodox Christianity)

The purpose for the course of study is to provide a source of information and instructions for the serious “student” of Unitarian Christianity. It is structured as it is specifically to offer a
path of instruction for an individual seeking a ministry as a Lay Pastor or Lay Worker in the Unitarian Christian Denomination. It can be an initial step in seeking recognized Credentials in
the work of Lay Ministry and also in the path toward recognized Ministry Ordination Credentials. These Credentials are part of this course to work with EMMI organizations. If should be
understood, the Unitarian Christian faith is a “Congregational” church system, each individual church body has its own requirements for its leaders, however, it is strongly encouraged that
any UC Church should require its leaders to have a standard level of knowledge of the faith, as provided by this Program, and it is also encouraged that the church leaders be affiliated with,
and credentialed if possible, a nationally recognized Unitarian Christian Organization such as EMMI. A better understanding of these processes will be gained by participation in this Program.

It has long been recognized the great need for specific instruction in the Unitarian Christian Faith especially at this time. The need for qualified and knowledgeable church leaders is growing
at a rapid pace here in America and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Thus the reason for the development of this Program. This program is intended to be a catalyst and
beginning for the church worker to embark on their lifelong process of learning and leading in the Unitarian Christian faith and in their church. This Program is also intended to instill within
the student an understanding and belonging for the Unitarian Christian Community, locally, nationally and worldwide. To provide a foundation for not only the building of the students
ministry but for the building of that Community and the Unitarian Christian Denomination.

The Program is developed and presented as an; adult, self-instructional, self-study, on-line curriculum. The student will progress at their own pace, within the limits established by each
course and is solely responsible for their progress and success. Each student will have access to the Instructor and should use that access as need for mentoring purposes. Unless
otherwise approved, all questions for the Instructor shall be submitted in writing and with sufficient time as to allow the Instructor a reasonable time to respond. The Program is open to
anyone seriously seeking to learn about the Unitarian Christian Faith and what is involved in its work. This is not a seminary supported program, the Program does offer course specific
Certificates of Completion and a Program Certificate of Completion which may or may not be recognized by others at their own discretion. If the student needs specific recognition it is
solely their personal responsibility to check before the Program or a Course is entered.   

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