MIKVEH

  1. Mikveh (immersion, baptism) should be performed for new believers as a sign of their trust in Yeshua as Messiah.
  2. It may also be performed for consecrants to the Messianic Jewish lifestyle and community; those who wish to re-affirm the Jewish/Hebrew roots of their faith; or those who are processing through to Simcha ("Jewish Conversion"). In any Mikvah they should take a Hebrew name and confess their place as a part of the commonwealth of Israel.
  3. Further, a private Mikveh (without an official) may be performed by those who view themselves as being in need of the ceremonial cleansing specifically ordained in the Torah.

In any public Mikveh it is not necessary, nor Scripturally mandated, for the official to enter the water with the consecrant. In fact, it is best if the consecrant proceeds unaided and the official acts as the official witness of the event.

MARRIAGE

  1. In officiating a marriage, the Messianic Minister should bring to the ceremony those symbolic things which are recognizably part of the Scriptural marriage of the Most High with Israel. The Chupa (cloth shelter) should be over the wedding couple as symbolic of the cloud/fire which protected Israel in the wilderness. The Chupa may most correctly be an extra large Talit with tzitzit attached to the four corners.
  2. The marriage vows should reflect both a confession of Yeshua as Messiah and the couple as a part of the commonwealth of Israel.
  3. The groom should prepare a Ketubah (writing) which outlines his personal promises for the care of the bride, which is a form of Torah covenant. This should be read in the ceremony.
  4. It is fitting that Hebrew prayers and mention of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs are part of the ceremony.
  5. Other Jewish marriage traditions, such as breaking the glass, are optional, and should be explained as other than superstition.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

  1. The Messianic Minister has the right to collect tithes and offerings for the upkeep of his ministry, since the Messianic Minister abides by the Levitical principles and privileges according to Shaliach Rabbi Sha'ul. This collection should be without demand and in full recognition that the collection actually belongs to the Most High, but that He in His goodness has given what is His to the Messianic Minister for his livelihood.
  2. Where there is a congregation, the tithes and offerings will best go into the congregation's account, then distributed to the minister as the congregation allows. This action is necessary to foster trust and accountability, which ultimately works in the minister's financial favor.
  3. CTOMC holds to the principal in Torah of tithing upwards, just as Israel tithed to the Levites, so also the Levites tithed to the Kohenim. Therefore, a local congregation tithes to their minister and the minister may then tithe to CTOMC as their overseer. This means that the CTOMC Credential holder may consider his annual dues as part of his tithe. No other tithe to CTOMC is required, but is always appreciated. Using this principle, there should be very little extra burden for most credential holders to pay their dues.

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