The Order of Poor-Fellow Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

Minimum Thirty Years of Age for Full Accolade;
- Serving Brothers and Sisters, Age 18-29;       
- Men and Women Both Accepted        

The Order is open by invitation only to baptized Christian men and women after the completion of conditional acceptance, with Postulancy following. The Statutes of OPCCTS provide that the absolute minimum age for entry as a fully-Accoladed Knight or Dame is Thirty (30) years of age. However, we offer the non-Accoladed Serving Brother/Sister positions for ages 18 to 29, with the exception of special cases as determined by the Order's Administration. We believe the age of 30 is a more realistic age for entry, as that age or older lends itself more toward the mature acceptance of the responsibilities of Knighthood or Damehood.

Admission Policies

As a chavalric/religious order, OPCCTS does not typically admit persons who are already invested in another Chivalric Order. Just as in ancient times, it was not believed that someone can swear fealty to two Kings, two nations, etc., one cannot swear fealty to two orders of Chivalry. If you feel that we should make an exception to that practice, please explain with your application. In addition, OPCCTS does not recognize titles of nobility that are conferred by non-legitimate sources (other than bestowed by recognized monarchs or inherited from legitimate famillial nobility). We also do not recognize any honorary or other degrees conferred by non-accredited institutions of higher learning. The basis for approach to the order is humility, service to God, and charity.

Expressed Christian Religious Beliefs

This Order of Chivalry was originally founded as a Christian Religious Order of Monastic / Militarism under the ancient Roman Catholic Church during the time of the Crusades in the Holy Land. Today the Order is ecumenical in structure; it is a combined Christian religious and secular Order, yet it does not require membership in the Roman Catholic or any other Christian-denomination church. It is also not a church or "religious movement." It simply requires that its members are baptized, professed Christians, accepting the teachings of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Spiritual Master.
The Order occasionally recognizes and honors persons who may be of other religious beliefs. However, no expressed nor professed non-Christian may be admitted to full regular membership within the Order.
The Order seeks and expects the highest of character from its membership: good moral character, preferrably civically-active in their community, and / or active in charitable / philanthropic endeavors. Persons convicted of crimes or of questionable moral character may not be admitted to nor condoned within the Order.

Application and Curriculum Vitae

To be considered for membership, you must complete a rigorous four step application process:

Step 1, The Applicant Curriculum Vitae must be completed. Please download the Applicant CV HERE. No request for membership will be entertained via email.

Step 2, Once the application is complete, mail it to: OPCCTS - Great Preceptory, P.O. Box 381, Deadwood, SD 57732-0381.

Step 3, A complete background investigation will be conducted on all applicants, therefore, a processing fee of $25 will be required of each applicant. We have the highest standards for ethics and morality. Therefore, not everyone who applies is invited to join. You may pay the application fee via Paypal or a check made payable to OPCCTS accompanying the application.

Passage Fees / Dues

There is an initial passage fee for entry into the Order of Seven-Hundred Dollars for an individual (Six-Hundred Dollars for an individual ordained Cleric), or the reduced fee of Thirteen Hundred Dollars for the combined inclusion of a spouse (Eleven Hundred Dollars for a married ordained Cleric and spouse together). The Order includes many married couples, and heartily encourages spousal participation. The passage fee includes a Templar Mantle, Templar Cross, Certificate of Membership, and Membership Identification Card.
Yearly dues to the Order are Sixty Dollars for an individual (Forty-Five Dollars for an ordained Cleric), or One Hundred Dollars per married couple (Eighty Dollars for a married ordained Cleric family). Annual Membership Dues are used, in portion, for a periodic newsletter and an annual stipend for the support of the Great Preceptory, with the remainder of fees and other sums acquired through fund-raising activities used for the development of further charitable projects, and also distributed directly to chosen legitimate charities.

Foreign Priory Members

We encourage Knights and Dames from our Fraternal Relations Priories outside North America to join OPCCTS on an "Associate" basis. Our members may also join your Priories on the same Associate basis if invited. For more information, please visit our Contact Us page and send an email stating your request and contact information. There are no passage fees required but a small yearly dues fee is applicable. This aides in covering costs associated with newsletter postal mailings, etc.

Clergy

Anyone who is approaching the Order as a minster or Reverend must understand that as a Chivalric Order we take those in the clergy most seriously. However to be considered for the reduced rate, and to be accepted into the Order as a minister or other religious, you must have:

1) Graduated from a “brick and mortar” accredited theological seminary

2) Be serving in the capacity as clergy in a pastoral sense (not having another full time job and doing ministerial work “on-the-side”)

3) Have your seminary registrar’s office send us a letter stating your dates of attendance and date of graduation and degree received.

4) Provide one other additional reference besides those requested on the application CV from someone knowledgeable about your current position in the ministry.

 

 

 









 
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