Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The LGBTQIS Pride Activities, and Social Events Center of Elmira NY
The only Church in Central New York founded and fostered by the GLBTQIS community for 38 years. October 31, 2021 - 38th Anniversary now in our 39th year in Ministry.
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Ray Of Hope
Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Vocational Ministry Training Program

The seminary program that is perfect for you.

This page has been updated on April 10, 2019 and will be updated frequently. Return here often to keep up with our constant growth in Vocational Ministry Training.


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Ray Of Hope Church offers a unique professional Ministry Training Program. Our program is set up as a home-based seminary with frequent colloquium sessions and a mentoring system. The cost of the program is the cost of the materials.  There is no tuition charged.  The single most important requirement is the Candidate must be able to read and comprehend the materials and be able to write reaction papers and essays, and take written and oral on the material.  The Candidate must be able to thrive in a self motivated individual study program that is college level work.

This is one of the finest opportunities for a first rate seminary education without the overhead costs of a university.  This is a radical concept in the 21st century high cost education market we are used to.  The other radical aspect is persons of all genders, all races, all sexual orientations, all social classes, and all citizenships are welcome to enter this program.  Candidates can even participate in this program via Skype and the Internet.  Persons preparing for professional ministry work at their own pace in a course of study and set field experience inventory that is designed individually. "Vocational Ministry Candidates" may choose to pursue a professional degree at a seminary or theology school that is agreeable to the Candidate and to Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ. However, a professional degree is not required, nor does having one entitle a person to a professional Ministry License and/or Ordination. Each "Vocational Ministry Training Candidate" determines the rate of progress and depth of involvement that will work in their particular life circumstances. The very earliest one should expect to receive a "License To Professional Ministry" is usually four years of successful participation in the Ray Of Hope Church Vocational Ministry Training Program.


On October 15, 2000 we added a reading seminar list of materials our Candidates will be tested in. The required reading materials are individually designed to fit the specific individualized training program for each Candidate.  You will find these materials on pages three and four.

To get a complete introduction to our program be sure to view all four pages of this section of our website. There are links to each page at the left side navigation bar of each of the five pages you are viewing on the Vocational Ministry Training Program.



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For easy instructions on how to use Skype to participate in our activities click here.
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