Christian National Church supports individual minister homestudy.
Just like any profession, hobby or sport, being a minister requires lifelong study and improvement. The Christian National Church grants Christian minister ordination and is also committed to assisting and supporting homestudy initiatives. Homestudy includes anything that a minister does on his own time in order to improve his understanding of the Gospel, advance his own Christian faith, or improve his performance in ministerial duties. The Christian National Church offers resources to improve one's understanding of the Holy Bible, as well as reading materials which strengthen a minister's skills in performing weddings, funerals, baptisms and building congregation. As a minister, if you require assistance in any aspect of homestudy, please contact us with your specific needs and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.
Studying the Holy Bible
Every minister should begin by reading the Bible from start to finish - Old Testament and the New Testament. It is critical that a minister develop his own sense of the progression of the these holy teachings and also gain a level of understanding from which he can engage others in contructive conversation. Beginning with Genesis, all through the teachings of Jesus' disciples in the New Testament, the Bible is the core teaching of Christianity. It provides lessons from the past, mandates from God, and the framework for how good Christians should live.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:1-51
Supplementary Reading Materials
The Christian National Church encourages all ministers to acquire supplementary reading materials to assist with their spiritual advancement during homestudy. On a rotating basis, we provide access to books that explain particular fields of faith and ministerial practice. If it is your specific desire to form a congregation and run services of your own, we currently suggest "Organizing Fellowship" by Pastor Gerard Ferguson. This is a piece of reading material that examines the steps necessary to forming a small or large congregation. Ferguson describes realistic steps that any new minister can follow in order to draw together a group of Christians in worship. As Ferguson explains, it is often not instinct that creates fellowship, but rather several practical steps.
The Wedding Ceremony Handbook
Being officially ordained is the very first step to officiating a wedding. If you have gotten this far in the process, it is very likely that you would benefit from more detailed readings. For this purpose, we currently recommend that all new ministers acquire a copy of "The Wedding Ceremony Handbook" written by Pastor Randolph McFinn. In this resource, McFinn examines virtually every detail that you will need in order to perform a wedding ceremony. The book begins with an explanation of the licensing proceedings and continues with specific advice to ensure a happy and successful wedding for the bride and groom.
If there are other resources that we can offer you in order to improve the effectiveness of your homestudy, please contact us with your requests. As new requests are made by ministers, it is our goal to expand our recommended reading list to cater to the changing needs of our membership.