In all ancient societies and cultures, and in today's communities, there are some gifted who feel called to assist others along spiritual paths through vocation (a call to God), and who are known as healers, ministers, pastors, physicians, or other titles. Gifted individuals are welcomed to join our ecumenical, sacred community of healers. We require that the postulant (candidate fellow) has a dedication and chosen duty of 'calling.' Lay ecclesial ministers are our category of pastoral workers in the Church of Hope who serve the therapeutic sacraments link but are not (yet) ordained. Lay ecclesial ministers (Deacons) are coworkers with the bishop alongside Elders and Ordained Ministers.
We view our Church of Fellowship as a spiritual solace, a hospital, a clinic, a hospice, a therapeutic center, a Chapel, a mission camp, or a wellness enclave — all combined is one! The aim of worship is to provide spiritual cure, anoint to purify and consecrate, maintain wellness for its faithful members, apply therapeutics, and lead them to eternal life! The healing we obtain in the Church is not only for the benefit of our souls alone — it does not pertain only to the future life, it includes our physical bodies as our temporary life here on earth. SMOCH is the most complete program, addressing all needs—spiritual, mental and physical. Our Church is the portal, where the Fellowship of Sanctified Healers™ are offered to all who come with that desire. The Church of Christendom† is the House of Mercy where all can find wellness. To be healthy spiritually entails sound mind and body and follows a healthy lifestyle, fellowship and communion, as well as a periodic "checkup", a righteous diet, adequate exercise, temporary therapeutics, etc. to keep in spiritual wellness.
As an independent Church with a Medical Religious Order, SMOCH [Pronunciation] is a vicariate of the Holy Apostolic-Catholic Church of the East [Iglesia Catolica del Oriente en Brasil, Latinoamérica y Caribe] of episcopal structure. We operate a church government within sphere sovereignty definition and ecclesiastical dominion definition. SMOCH confers Vocational Commissions to qualified members to perform teaching, counseling, and healing services to congregrants. We admit counselors, clergy, physicians, therapists and other health care providers into our exclusive Religious Order to carry on the Lord's work and blessings.
Through our School ministry, we also educate and ordain clergy into Divine/Sanctified Healing. Ministers are ordained for the guidance of the faithful and administering the sacraments. Our Church declares that sacraments are visible means in which God extends his grace and healing. The Oriental Christian tradition does not limit the number of sacraments, holding that anything the Church and its clergy performs is in some sense sacramental.
Through our Univeristy and School affiliations, we also sponsor Christian medical missions and health education to better serve our mission works.
LEVELS OF MEMBERSHIP
||An honorific title positiion in our Church to those who functions include charity and service to the poor and needy.
||One of the governing mentors of the church having pastoral or teaching functions. Fellow has received a Doctor of Divinity.
||One of the clergy who is an ordained or consecrated member of clergy being entrusted with a position of pastoral and teaching functions and duties. Fellow has received a Master's of Divinity.
||Lay ministers with a vocation (call to God) having received a Licentiate and commission to counsel and heal others as a "Sanctified Healer."
||A qualified applicant (candidate fellow) seeking Ordination or Commission through our educational programs and seminaries.
|Brothers & Sisters
||Friends of the Church.
||A church member or friend entitled to receive Communion (the sharing or exchanging of thoughts and feelings on a physical, mental or spiritual level). Broadly speaking, a communicant of our fellowship.
DEGREES OF FELLOWSHIP IN THE SACRED MEDICAL ORDER
There are several degrees of fellowship in the Church of Hope (listed above). The highest is expressed in Episcopal ordination as Bishop. Then there is the ordination of priests who are the co-workers of the bishops and the serving order of deacons (commissioned lay ministers). They are called simply to serve, but are not ordained.
COMMISSIONS - Licentiate of Vocation (Deacons • Sanctified Healers)
As fellows of the Sacred Medical Order, we are respectful of the various theologies, traditions, and values of our faith communities and committed to the dignity and worth of each individual and culture. We are dedicated to advancing the health and welfare of those who seek our assistance and to the maintenance of high standards of professional conduct and competence of our fellows.
Vocation is a Christian term meaning one's call to God THOUGHTS - CLICK HERE. An Ecclesiastical Commission gives the Deacon Episcopal Authority definition to conduct the respective vocation to congregants.
Fellowship of Vocation [How to Join]
An applicant first submits their desire to join with this online form, then becomes a postulant after consultation with their Vocational Minister who will recommend them to the Sovereign Council for approval. Initial application implies no pledge to the postulant either by the Minister or by the Church. After completion of the required course work and participation in the Fellowship Seminary, the postulant is Christened into Vocation. Vocational Deacons have then special and limited Sacerdotal Duties. Deacons after Christening, are then able to apply to the Bishop for the next formal stage in their journey to full Ordination.
We view Santified Healing as a new and separate Vocation. It matters not what station of life or profession to which the applicant is placed, secular rigors have created a near spiritual vacuum in today's health care field. The invocation of the sanctity of healing work is a theme for which we strive to consecrate and purify mind, body and spirit. All therapeutic actions should enshrine anointing the patron with grace.
As commissioned Sanctified Healers of vocation (Deacons), we are accountable for our work regardless of our professional/secular functions and ambitions, the settings in which we work, or the populations which we serve. This accountability is expressed in our conduct of relationships with congregants, communicants, colleagues, students, our faith communities, and through the acceptance and practice of the principles and procedures of our Code_of_Ethics.
Men and women can be ordained, according to his or her vocation, and according to ecclesiastical tradition after having taken our unique courses of study. Sacred Orders, in the Church of Hope, is the sacrament through which men and women are ordained as presbyters (ministers), elders and bishops. It maintains the continuity of the apostles, the gospel, and the men and women in health and medicine who followed Christ through the centuries.
BENEFITS OF FELLOWSHIP
As fellows of the Sacred Medical Order, our vows and duty at all times are to respect our Lord, carry out his ordinances, preserve health of mind, body and spirit; and administer the healings and sacraments to the sick and infirm, in various walks of life. These actions are considered our sacerdotal duties in priestly tradition in faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the tradition of the physicians, healers and saints who followed HIM.
The Sacred Medical Order is an international diocese of physicians and ecclesiae from all areas of health and spiritual care that have joined to share Christian based health and wellness ways and means. We currently have practitioners, friends, ambassadors, and diplomatic relations with over 40 countries and most all of the Americas. The Church of Hope and the Medical Order are registered with the Republic of Ecuador, Nevis, and Puerto Rico; and operate resident teaching medical campuses on both Nevis Island and Loma Linda Ecuador as well as having many auxillary ministries worldwide.
Members enjoy a wide range of benefits in missions, education, therapeutics, healing and theosophy. The Order conducts regular Seminaries, Christenings and Investitures worldwide. Through our membership and affiliates, activities occur weekly. Educational programs occur both online and by seminaries. Promotions include ceremonies, apostolic blessings, achievements of merit, and recognition of titles. Members perform healings on a daily basis. All licenses are reviewed by an auxillary ministry and conferred by the Sovereign Council. Promotions are won by achievement and Christian charity. This means that active, involved Licentiate (Member) enjoy promotions up through the ranks, with the ultimate achievement of Chevalier or Dame of Honor bestowed by the Sovereign Council, Grand Master, and Spiritual Protector upon those who selflessly serve Humanity.
The Order also sponsors a medical school .