In Community of Christ, some men and women are called and ordained to particular responsibilities and ministries for the sake of the community, the congregation, and the world. These called and ordained disciples make up the priesthood of Community of Christ. Priesthood ministry promotes the witnessing, revealing, redeeming ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
According to our scriptures, "priesthood is a sacred covenant involving the highest form of stewardship of body, mind, spirit, and relationships. The priesthood shall be composed of people of humility and integrity who are willing to extend themselves in service for others and for the well-being of the faith community."(Doctrine and Covenants 163:6a).
There are two orders of Community of Christ priesthood, the Melchisedec and the Aaronic.
The Aaronic Order: offers ministry of presence, modeled on Jesus' ministry as comforter, peacemaker, and friend. Ministers in these offices focus on inviting individuals, families, congregations, and communities into deeper relationships with each other and with Jesus Christ.
The Melchisedec Order: offers ministry of mission and vision, helping the church focus on what matters most. They also share insight into the ever-deepening call to discipleship that is resident in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Within these priesthood orders there are several offices, each with special roles and ministries to perform. Learn more about the offices: Congregation-focused Ministers and World Church-focused Ministers.