Qualifications for credentials through the Coalition of Torah Observant Messianic Congregations are based on sound doctrine, the wisdom of experience and proven tradition. CTOMC does not make any claim that the qualifications are infallible, nor that their credentials necessarily proves the qualifications and ability of anyone to do the work of ministry. The credentials are intended to be an encouragement to responsibility and accountability for the minister. CTOMC has chosen the qualifications which it esteems to be the best and safest for recognizing a calling to ministry.

Candidates for ministry credentials must provide:

  1. a properly filled out application, which states agreement with the statement of faith and regulations, and includes the application fee which is non-refundable.
  2. a resumé
  3. a current picture (no more than two years old)
  4. a testimonial explaining your faith and calling
  5. fulfillment of the qualifications below:


  1. A follower of Messiah Yeshua for at least two years
  2. Written testimony of a call to Messianic ministry
  3. Written testimony of commitment to fulfill the qualifications for future ordination/licensing
  4. A Certificate of Messianic Studies from CTOMC or MBI Yeshiva or equivalent.

For License:

  1. formerly a credentialed minister, or a follower of Messiah Yeshua for five years, or a Messianic congregation leader for one year.
  2. An Associates Degree in Messianic Studies from CTOMC Yeshiva or equivalent.

For Ordination:

  1. formerly a Licensed Messianic Minister, or a Messianic congregation leader for two years
  2. A Bachelor's Degree in Messianic Studies from CTOMC or MBI Yeshiva OR Master of Messianic Studies from CTOMC or MBI Yeshiva or equivalent.
  3. A letter from a Messianic Congregation (ie. Congregation secretary or trustee, etc.) on letterhead, or recommendation from two other credentialed ministers and/or elders.


  1. Formerly a Jewish rabbi and a Messianic for at least two years, or formerly an licensed Messianic Minister, or a Messianic congregation leader.
  2. Letter from a Messianic Congregation (ie. congregation secretary or trustee, etc.) on letterhead, or recommendation from two other credentialed ministers and/or elders.
  3. Proof of past or presently being the leader of a Messianic Congregation
  4. Education: Master of Theology in Rabbinic Studies from CTOMC or MBI Yeshiva or equivalent studies if not formerly a Jewish rabbi.
[In CTOMC the ordained Messianic Minister (MMin.) and the Messianic Rabbi (MRav) are equal peer level offices. Any difference to be noted is cultural NOT spiritual. In Jewish culture the rabbi has completed rabbinic school, and is the head of a congregation (not usually an itinerant), and can read and write biblical Hebrew. He must be fluent in reading and saying the usual Hebrew prayers. He should have a grasp of Jewish history and some Talmud. Therein lies any difference from the requirements of the Messianic Minister. Messianic Jewish rabbis are expected to be Jewish and as culturally familiar, comfortable, and deeply involved with Jewish life and leadership even as are non-Messianic rabbis.]


The following is a list of several movements, not necessarily all, who's members and adherants will NOT be accepted as candidates for licensing or ordination:

Yahwist or Sacred Name is not approved: Any group espousing that the Name of G-d must be said, written or performed in a unique way to be saved, or that the Name should be said usually and commonly, or that restrict the use of L-RD or G-d as acceptable usage. We also consider the use of "Yahweh" and "Yahshua" in light conversation to be disrespectful of the Most High and indicative of this movement. Why are we oppsed to all this? Because no one can say authoritatively how the actual Holy Name was or is pronounced, and our Messiah said we should say "Our Father" ("Avinu"), and no one should make up Hebrew words which are unknown to Hebrew speaking people, for such brings a reproach on the message of Messiah to them. Finally, the Hebrew way of saying our Messiah's name has been well known and accepted among Messianic and Israeli Jews as "Yeshua" or "Y'shua" for centuries and any other pronounciation is contrived.

Classical/Medieval Christian is not approved: Any group which honors Christmas, Easter or any other "christianized" pagan celebration. Also, any group which does not honor the seventh day Sabbath as the L-RD's holy day, or any group which teaches all animals are the same for consuming in G-d's sight. Finally, any group which denegrates or annuls the Torah and Hebrew Scriptures as saying they are no more in effect or that G-d no longer keeps His covenants with Israel.

"Two House" or "Ephraim and Judah" teaching as it is known is not approved: It is our experience that this emphasis in groups causes division and confusion within the Messianic movement. It is an opinion of prophetic interpretation that is not Torah (commanded to be followed by G-d).

Racial supremacy doctrine is not approved: CTOMC does not accept the concept of physical supremacy of any people, neither do we believe that heritage profits anything in comparison to knowing Messiah Yeshua as Adonai. This holds for all races, colors, and peoples, including Jewish. Once a person has come into the knowledge of Messiah Yeshua they have reached the pinnacle of personhood in G-d and have entrance into all the covenants. This hour's emphasis on the Jewish people is to complete the promises for the glory of G-d, not for the glory of persons.

Messiah as man alone or "just another prophet" is not approved: Any group which denies Yeshua as Melech Moshiach - King Messiah, the virgin birth or His crucifixion and resurrection, or that will not publically confess such.

Any other factions who's members we cannot accept as admins will be listed here as they are identified.

NOTE: The above exclusions in no way defames individuals or judges the salvation of those who join these movements. That is for Messiah only to decide, and judge our hearts as well. For example, we have good personal relations with many Catholics: we simply do not agree as a matter of faith with many of their institution's key beliefs, yet we cannot and will not judge their salvation as individuals. All that is said here is to define what CTOMC is focused on.

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