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If you are a duly ordained minister and pastor of a congregation of the Universal Life Church, the first thing you must do as a Pastor is obtain a record keeping book and conduct a meeting of the Board of Directors of your local congregation, to discuss the operation of your congregation. Decide where and when you should hold congregation meetings. These meetings can be held in your home, a rented meeting space, or you may decide to build your own building.

You and the Board of Directors need to decide how often you should hold meetings (weekly or monthly). The Secretary needs to keep accurate records of how many meetings the congregation has and how many people attend the meetings for inclusion on the required monthly congregational reports which must be sent to International Headquarters.

The most important aspect of pastoring a congregation are the services and sacraments you provide for the congregation. We do not dictate to the congregation what kind of services to hold. We do suggest that you have literature, i.e., the Bible, Koran, or one of the many different Bibles available. The order of the meeting will be up to you and the congregation Board of Directors. Some suggestions are that when you do meet, you might like to pray, salute the flag, have music and singing, or read from other sources. At International Headquarters the Pastor usually speaks first followed by an open meeting where others may speak and bring forth their beliefs.

As a Pastor, with your own congregation, there are different sacraments you may perform. One such sacrament is Baptism. Three types of Baptism you may use are 1) total emersion, 2) the sprinkling method, 3) the laying on of hands. Baptism is mostly identified by water and a ceremony.

Another sacrament is the performance of weddings. We advise, and encourage, you to do weddings. It is a good source of income for the congregation and is something all ministers do. You, and the couple, may write your own ceremony or use one of the two beautiful rites we can send you.

Another popular service is the ordainment of new ministers. If we take the scriptures, using St. John 15:16, you will find that God, the Supreme Intelligence, or whatever name you wish to use, has called the person and ordained him. The ceremony you perform, either by the laying on of hands, or words, is merely confirming what is already done. The Universal Life Church goes between the person and the state and issues a license by the state. The Universal Life Church does not go between the person and his/her God.

At your Board of Directors meeting of the congregation, an important aspect you need to discuss is how to finance this congregation. One of the best ways is to promote the suggestions and materials offered by the Universal Life Church. The congregation may use the discount program which earns the congregation 50% of all profit from the materials we offer.



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