I'm a Messianic Jew. Rigorous education from an accredited university is required. They need as much education as a Conservative or Reform Rabbi does. Here's some facts about their education.
Missionaries must be Jewish believers in Jesus (or married to one). To qualify for missionary staff, you must have a college degree. Training classes begin twice a year, for a year, in January and September. The initial term of service for missionary staff is 18 months in Jews for Jesus. Course included Jewish Apologetics.
Here are some of the other courses offered in special colleges. These would be for those interested in a degree or Smichah program:
Pastoral Holistic Ministry, Pastoral Holistic Counseling, Theology/Religious Studies, All Messianic Missionaries and Rabbis know about Hebrew Synagogue forms of worship and liturgy, Shabbat observance and laws, Holy Day observance and laws, Extra biblical observances, Kosher laws, Life cycle events, Talmudic study, Zohar, Midrash Rabbah, Lawful forms of rabbinic interpretation of Scriptures, Rabbinic teaching methods
Most importantly, Messianic rabbis must know about Oral Law and how it should be used in the messianic community. Here are some very accomplished and recognized Messianic Leaders. I'll let their education speak for itself - each one has a short bio:
Here's the criteria for one being ordained a Messianic Rabbi, as stated by one particular synagogue:
"The calling of a person to the Rabbinate is a serious and humbling experience. No one should enter into this calling lightly, or for selfish gain. Do to the preponderance proliferation of many self proclaimed "rabbis," it is important that a firm definition and qualifications be established.
The Union of Conservative Messianic Jewish Synagogues does not agree with the popularly practiced procedure of a Christian Pastor becoming a Messianic Rabbi with no formal training or Jewish Heritage.
Would established mainline Churches would accept a Rabbi without any formal training on Christian Theology? Not Likely! Then why should Jewish Synagogues, Messianic, Reformed, Conservative, or Orthodox accept someone not properly trained.
CRITERIA FOR RABBI:
Jewish by birth or conversion
Have lived a predominately Jewish Lifestyle for a minimum of 3 years (preferably more, this includes secular Jews who have been away from the community)
Full identification as a Jew
Formal Yeshiva Training which must include: Torah, Talmud, Shulkan Aruch, Jewish History, Jewish Thought, and Jewish Lifestyle
For UCMJS rabbis, formal acceptance of UCMJS Halacha
CHARLES FEINBERG CENTER. . .
The Charles L. Feinberg Center is an accredited Master of Divinity program in Messianic Jewish Studies. The program is designed to train those with a call to full-time Jewish ministry as Messianic congregational leaders, outreach workers or educators.
These unique training needs are the focus of a program emphasizing biblical languages, Hebrew and Greek exegesis, and the understanding of rabbinic texts. Essential matters of theology and practice are treated through intensive study of Jewish law, religion, culture, sociology and history.
Students are encouraged to explore this rich heritage, and to develop effective methods to reach and serve today's Jewish community. Practical areas of Jewish ministry are addressed through courses in apologetics, Jewish-Christian relations, pastoral care and counseling.
The Master of Divinity program is a professional degree designed to be completed in three years of full-time graduate study.
•Tuition scholarships and financial aid
•Graduate classes in Messianic studies
•A summer program offered in Los Angeles and offer full-time studies offered in New York City
•Messianic Jewish studies integrated throughout the curriculum
•Specialized library of over 10,000 works in Manhattan for Messianic Jewish studies and an extensive research library on the Southern California campus.
•Practical field training through mentoring and internships
•Professors with academic and Jewish ministry experience
•Opportunities to attend lectures and cultural events, and take classes at Jewish institutions in Southern California and New York
PARTNERSHIP AND ACCREDITATION:
Talbot School of Theology, a graduate institution of Biola University, is partnering with Chosen People Ministries to provide this Master of Divinity program in Messianic Jewish Studies.
MBI YESHEVA. Why?
To receive a quality Messianic Jewish education
To prepare for professional Messianic Jewish ministry
To have your Messianic ministry certified and recognized
To secure a Messianic Certificate, Associate, Bachelor, Master or Doctoral degree
THE MESSIANIC BIBLE INSTITUTE - YESHIVA:
Was formed to serve the unique need of those who feel especially called to Messianic studies and leadership, but cannot attend on-site classes.
MBI Yeshiva is both a Bible Institute and a Yeshiva. Yeshiva is the Hebrew word for an institute of formal religious study.
This means that we approach biblical instruction from a Hebrew perspective, and that we include Jewish tradition and sensibilities in our understanding.
OOPS - There's another that comes to mind:
THE MESSIANIC THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE: http://www.mjti.org/
For those seeking an in-depth understanding of Messianic Judaism in the context of Jewish history and spirituality.
We offer a fully distance-learning Master of Jewish Studies degree, with concentrations in Scripture, Rabbinic Literature, or Interdisciplinary Study, as well as GRADUATE CERTIFICATES in Messianic Jewish Studies, Hebrew Texts, and Rabbinic Texts.
· 9 years ago