THE ORDINATION PROCESS FOR

THE SEED OF ABRAHAM

by Avram Yehoshua

http://SeedofAbraham.net

The ordination process is a formal teaching and training so that a man can assume the responsibility of shepherding a congregation of The Seed of Abraham in The Hebraic Perspective. In the days of the Apostles one could tag along with say, Paul, and a Timothy would emerge to be able to be sent to con­­gregations and show them the Way by example, teaching and leadership. If you were here in the USA with me we could do the same thing, but not being here, we can do the ordination process through Internet and email. The name of your congregation/home fellowship will be The Seed of Abraham

The most important criteria is that you love Yeshua with all your heart, have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, and have fully surrendered your life to Yeshua, seeking to do His will.[1] Seeking ordination through The Seed of Abraham is not a light matter. Please know within yourself that Yeshua is calling you to begin the ordination process. When you know that, contact me.

Resolve yourself that you will be tempted by Satan with fears and doubts, and also, assailed from without by foes, family and friends alike. Always seek the Lord Yeshua to strengthen you and to give you wisdom and His forgiving-loving-kindness toward others. You will only be able to finish the ordination process if Yeshua is truly Lord of your life.

The cost of this discipleship-ordination program could easily be $30,000 because it's comparable to a seminary education, only better, because of the biblically correct Hebraic materials you'll be reading and the weekly (at times, daily) interaction and instruction that you'll have with me, along with times of counseling, etc. As you get to know me you'll be able to use me as a resource in your life and our relationship will grow during our lifetime.

I don't ask any money from you to take the ordination process. The cost of the ordination process is free. I ask, though, for your life-a life ready to pray, to preach and teach His Word, and ready to die for Him, if He calls you to that. I want you to be willing to give up everything for Him, whatever He may ask of you, for the furtherance of His great Name and the Good News of Life in Messiah Yeshua to a world in darkness, which at times may include your own flock, friends and family. If you walk in this divine reality you will bear much fruit for our Messiah.

If you don't have a fellowship or a congregation that you're leading now, you'll be able to begin one as you proceed with the ordination process, as the Lord leads you, for that is the goal of the ordination process, along with making you a minister of the Lord Yeshua who is knowledgeable in The Hebraic Perspective-the biblical approach to understanding God and His Word.

THREE STEPS TO ORDINATION

There are three steps or phases of the ordination process: Pending, Licensed Minister, and Ordained Minister:

1. Pending Status: During that time I'll evaluate your position on a few basic and key doctrines (e.g. the deity of Yeshua, and Gentile circumcision). This begins with the filling out a questionnaire and our interaction over it.

1. Once that is taken care of you'll be asked to read and send me some insights on the weekly Scripture readings.

2. Licensed Minister: After a season of finding out how you 'see' the Word of God, you'll be issued a ministerial certificate and card stating that you are a licensed minister of The Seed of Abraham. This begins our official status together and you'll be an official representative of The Seed of Abraham, with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of a minister of God.

1. The ministerial credentials are good for five years and will allow you to finish the ordination process within that time span.

2. How long the ordination process will take depends on how serious you are about completing it. One man did it in less than a year, and lest you think that he had nothing else to do but seek ordination, he was a husband and a father of four young children, and also, a pastor of a small congregation, who, at the beginning of his process was also doing secular work.

3. On the other hand, others have taken more than four years and they are still not ordained.

4. Upon completion of the ordination process you'll be ordained as a minister and an elder, for the Lord Yeshua, through The Seed of Abraham. You'll be thoroughly proficient in The Hebraic Perspective and able to minister and teach people in your fellowship or congregation the way to walk out their faith in Yeshua-through the Holy Spirit and Yeshua's understanding of Torah.

3. Ordained Minister: After completing the ordination process you'll be ordained and given a ministerial certificate and card stating that you're an ordained minister and elder (for life) of The Seed of Abraham.

REQUIREMENTS

1. Prayer Life

1. If you're not already doing this, please begin your day with 30 minutes of quality prayer time (not 28 or 29 minutes), upon arising in the morning. I realize that you may be very busy, but if you don't have a daily, morning, quality prayer life, you're not going to be able to withstand the ordeal of the ordination process, let alone a lifetime of ministry.

2. Quality prayer time means that:

a. You're not doing anything except seeking His Face and praying for others to be drawn to Him, etc.

b. You're not listening to music and making toast and eggs, or driving down the road, etc.

c. It's a quality quiet time. Time specifically set apart, in the morning upon arising, to lift up prayer concerns and to focus upon Him and what He has for you that day. True ministry comes out of our quality prayer time spent with Him.

d. Now if the Holy Spirit directs you to listen to praise and worship music one day for some or all of the prayer time, do so, but this should be an exception, not the general practice. Of course you can always begin with praise and worship if you like.

3. If you're not used to praying for an extended length of time try to begin with 20 minutes a day for a week and increase your time by 10 minutes each week until you get to 120 minutes (two hours). Of course, you can begin 'tomorrow' with an hour and then go to an hour and a half the next day, and by the third day be doing two hours of prayer in the morning. In other words, you can make up your own incremental times to reach the two hour plateau. As you move along, you should be praying in tongues for about one-third of your prayer time. [2]

4. For the last third of your prayer time:

a. Wait upon the Lord Yeshua and/or the Father, and/or the Holy Spirit (Psalm 123:2),

b. Listen for His Voice,

c. 'Look for Him,'

d. Seek to enter into His Presence,

e. Seek to get to know Him (better) by His Spirit.

f. Wait upon the Lord for an impression or a word, and just be with Him.

5. Two hours in the morning every day is the goal for the rest of your life. Of course, you can pray in the afternoons or eve­nings, too, but only time in the morning counts toward these two hours. Morning prayer is essential because it begins our day and the Lord reorients us for the day through it.

a. Whatever time you might spend in prayer in the afternoon or evenings is extra, like the prover­bial icing on the cake.

6. Suggestions for praying every day for two hours (or any amount of time) in the morning upon arising:

a. Divide the three equally into thirds (40 minutes for each):

(1) Pray in tongues for a third of the time, and

(2) Pray in your understanding for a third of the time, and

(3) Wait upon the Lord for a third of the time, or,

b. Pray in tongues for one hour, pray with your understanding for half an hour, and wait upon the Lord for the last half hour.

c. These paradigms aren't so rigid that one can't pray with his understanding during the time of tongues or waiting upon the Lord, or pray in tongues during waiting upon the Lord, etc.

d. You might have another way of wanting to do the two hours. If you do, let me know and I'll consider it.

7. Since 23 January 2013 I pray for three hours in the morning when I arise, using the method of dividing it into thirds; tongues for an hour, cognitive prayer for an hour,[3] and waiting upon our Lord for an hour.

a. Yes, I have to get up early to pray for three hours (3:30 AM), but it's more than worth it.

b. Like physical exercise, the more one does it the more one is accustomed to it, and the more it becomes a (godly) habit, and the easier it is as the time seems to fly by. The spiritual benefits, of course, are great because prayer brings us deeper into His Kingdom, gives us a greater awareness of God in our lives and a greater dependency upon our Lord, which is true maturity and greater shalom 'in Yeshua.'

c. Also, time spent in prayer allows the Holy Spirit to mold and shape our character so that we truly reflect the heart and character of Messiah Yeshua (Gal. 5:22-23) in our lives, to strangers as well as family and all 'in-between.'

8. Of course, there are some mornings when I don't pray for three hours, due to having gone to bed too late the night before because of ministry, but I do try and get at least an hour and a half to two hours in that morning, and return to three hours the next morning. [4]

9. If you're not used to praying in tongues for a third of your prayer time I would suggest that when you begin to pray in tongues that you think of Yeshua being there in the room with you, and you worshiping Him in tongues.

10. I'm praying for a biblical revival in Israel, and also, among the ministers, ordainees and people of the congregations of The Seed of Abraham, like we see in Acts 2, where the Holy Spirit was poured out.

a. Ask the Father to pour out the Holy Spirit upon you, like He did in Acts 2, in the precious name of Yeshua.

11. Prayer, and the reading and studying of His Word are eternal investments and help us to live in the day with His Love, Joy, Long-Suffering and Wisdom, and to be able to truly minister to others, in His name.

2. Weekly Family Scripture Readings

1. The reasons for the weekly scripture readings are here, and the schedule can be viewed on-line at http://www.seedofabraham.net/ScriptureSchedule2014.html or ask me for your own PDF. The weekly Family Scripture Readings is unlike any other and has proven to be a blessing to many people as some themes seem to dovetail from one section to another in the same week.

2. Please email me your thoughts/feelings/insights, from a sentence to a paragraph or two, on each section of the Scripture reading for each week (e.g. Torah is one section, the Prophets are another section, etc.). I'm not asking for insights for each chapter in the sections, just an insight for each section.

3. Select a verse or two, etc., from the place that impresses you. Write the verse(s) out in the email and tell me:

a. How it affected you.

b. What did you see that you hadn't seen before?

c. What did the Holy Spirit bring to a deeper depth for you?

d. What insight did you get?

4. I do not want a summary of the sections, but an insight or two and/or how it impacted you. I want to see what you see.

5. Please have your email to me no later than Monday after the weekly reading ends on the Sabbath. I will not accept your feedback after Monday.

6. Sometime during the ordination process you won't have to send in your thoughts on the weekly Scripture Readings. This is to allow you more time to concentrate on the articles and books that are required reading, but you are still required to read the Weekly Scripture Readings as part of your ministerial lifestyle-for life. If you want to embark on another plan, let me know and we'll discuss it.

7. I also ask that the weekly Scripture Readings be handed out to those in your fellowship or congregation, and show them where they can find it on the website.[5] This way not only you and your flock will be 'in sync,' but also, all the people around the world associated with The Seed of Abraham.

8. You don't have to bring a message on Shabat to your people from the weekly readings, but you'll most likely find that as you read them the Lord will give you a message from them much of the time. Also, the people will have already read the passage that you'll be speaking on. This makes for a more 'family' oriented atmosphere and allows questions about Scripture to be brought up and answered either after the message or at another time.

3. All the articles on The Seed of Abraham website are to be read as part of the ordination re­quirements. When you're ready for them, you can read them either from the website or you can ask me for their PDFs. With the PDFs you'll be able to build your own library of articles that you've read and you'll be able to send them to others, as the need arises. When you send me your insights on an article or a book, etc., I will mark off your ordination file as having read it and sent me your thoughts on it.

1. In your feedback to me on an article, please share with me as though you were talking or writing to a friend who hadn't read the article, and you wanted to explain to him some of what you gleaned from the article,

a. telling him perhaps what you saw in it that you never saw before, and/or

b. how something in it impacted you, solidifying what you already knew, but deepening it, and/or

c. something that 'came together for you,' like two pieces of a puzzle, etc.

2. Begin with Law 102

a. Write your some insights you may have gotten from it, etc., and any questions you might have, and send it to me. No more than a few paragraphs to 'a page' or so, at most.

b. Do the same for the following, trying to follow the order that I've laid out, but if you see an article/s that you'd like to read it, do so. This order is not set in stone, but I believe it will be beneficial to you:

3. The Lifting of the Veil: Acts 15:20-21. You'll need to order the book and read it. You can order it at Amazon [6] or search the Internet for another distributor. While you're waiting for the book you'll want to read and comment on other articles:

4. Goodbye Messianic Judaism!

5. Hebrews and the Change of the Law

6. Gentile Circumcision?

7. Paul & Acts

8. The Feasts of Israel (in their order)

9. Mosaic Sacrifice and Messiah (two articles in their order; i.e. Sacrifice in the NT last)

10. The Articles section (Biblical, Christian, Jewish and Misc., in their order)

11. The Jewish Newsletters (in their order).

12. Witnessing in Israel

13. Meet Avram Yehoshua (just Avram's Story, The Transformation, Levi and Jewish Resistance to Jesus). There are one or two articles on the site that are duplicates (e.g. My Story and Jewish Newsletter #9: God, If You're Real I Want to Know!) so whichever one you read first, you don't have to read the duplicate.

14. All the Books to Read at http://seedofabraham.net/topten.html (in the Articles section, under Misc.) are the books that are required reading for the ordination process. Please read them in the order listed. Again, though, if you want to read book #9 before 1 through 8, do so.

a. You can read the books while you are reading the articles on the website or you can do the website first and then the books; however you like. Please send me:

(1) two or three insights and

(2) how it impacted you and

(3) perhaps things you weren't aware of, etc., from each book.

15. If you can't read, write and say the Shema (Dt. 6:4-5) in Hebrew you might want to purchase my basic Hebrew course ( Hebrew: The Lord's Way!). You don't have to purchase my course, though. You may learn biblical Hebrew from any course you like, but you will need to learn some basic Hebrew in order to read, write and say the Shema and be able to use it in your daily Bible devotions.

a. You're required to purchase my two other teaching CD sets:

(1) The Tabernacle of Moses: A Picture of Heaven

(2) Shark Bait! The Serpent in Israel

b. All three sets of CDs are found under the menu for Books&CDs http://seedofabraham.net/wp/books/ and are half price for ordainees. You may buy them at any time during your ordination process.

4. Ideally , you'll be able to come to Israel or the USA or wherever I am and be ordained and receive your ordination certificate and card. If not, we will work around that.

5. The goal for ordination is to read the weekly Scripture Readings as well as all the articles and books on the web site, interacting with me on all of them. By the time that you are ordained you will be fully knowledgeable in The Hebraic Perspective and able to teach it to others, as well as to minister to them in the name of Yeshua.

1. If I sense from the Lord that you're ready for ordination before you finish all the website material then you'll be ordained at that time. Of course, you'll need to continue reading until all the material is read, but ordination is not based on what you've read, but who you are in Messiah Yeshua.

2. On the other hand, if after having read all the material on the website I sense that you're not ready to be ordained, then we'll wait upon the Lord until I sense his timing.

3. If after ordination, one, ten or thirty years down the road, you sense that the Lord is leading you in another direction and you want to sever your official ties with The Seed of Abraham, just send me your ordination certificate and card. After that you are free to follow whatever path you sense the Lord is leading you in.

4. If you teach things, in my judgment, that are contrary to the Word of God (e.g. Kabbalah; Sunday observance over Sabbath holiness; the wearing of the kipa; or Yeshua not being deity) and you do not repent after a given time and interaction with me, you'll be notified that you are no longer officially part of The Seed of Abraham. I will ask for your ordination certificate and card back and you'll not be able to use the name, The Seed of Abraham, or my name, or my articles, etc., for anything (e.g. the name of your congregation; teachings of mine, etc.).

6. The Hebraic Perspective (which is a phrase that the Lord gave me to both identify, and distinguish us, from others of seemingly similar perspectives, but who are very different from us),[7] is a 'wide open field' with much room for growing theologically, for discussion, oneness and disagreement. We can disagree on issues not central to our faith in Messiah Yeshua (e.g. the day of the Resurrection, the date of the Exodus, and the color of your pews), and still fellowship, but there are boundaries that if one goes past, disqualifies them for association with The Seed of Abraham (e.g. the deity of Messiah Yeshua). Everyone sins, and hopefully, after correction will repent and ask for forgiveness, but heresy, rebellion and an un­teachable spirit cannot be tolerated.[8]



[1] Matthew 12:47-50; 16:24; Mark 8:34; 10:21; Luke 5:11, 28; 9:23f; 14:25-33.

[2] To understand why I speak of making praying in tongues a major part of your prayer life please read Dave Roberson's book, The Walk of the Spirit-The Walk of Power at http://www.daveroberson.org/books.aspx where it can be downloaded for free. It's one of the required books to be read for the ordination process and if you read it, send in a short email to me sharing some of the insights and/or concerns that you have about it.

[3] Cognitive praying is praying with our understanding, in our native language.

[4] I try to get to bed between 8:30 and 9:30 PM. If I can get six hours of sleep I'm able to get up at 3:30 AM. Also, sometimes I'll take a 20-30 minute nap in the afternoon, which helps to refresh.

[5] The weekly readings are found at at http://www.seedofabraham.net/ScriptureSchedule2014.html.

[6] http://www.amazon.com/Lifting-Veil-Acts-15-20-21/dp/1425123287/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244727855&sr=1-2 .

[7] For instance, Messianic Judaism, with it's lack of Torah integrity, and many Hebrew Roots, 'One Law' people, with their insistence on Gentile circumcision, which is a major heresy.

[8] Revised on 10 August 2014.