The Sacred Well Congregation is led by an Ordained Clergy and an Ordained Deaconry. Our Clerics are fully trained and initiated practitioners of Traditional Craft Wicca. They are legally ordained ministers, have the same duties and responsibilities, and enjoy the same rights and privileges under law as any ordained minister of any other faith, denomination or religious body. Our Ordained Deaconry are fully trained, have a demonstrated competency and may or may not be initiated practitioners of Traditional Craft Wicca. They function as Lay Ministers, provide pastoral presence and perform all duties of the clergy except those prescribed by law to be performed by ordained ministers. Our standards for Ordination are high. Obtaining Ordination through the Sacred Well requires a serious commitment of personal time, energy, love and resources. It is not a commitment to be lightly taken.

General Requirements for Ordination into the Deaconry

  • be a Supporting, Family or Sponsoring Member of the Congregation
  • be at least 21 years old
  • be a high school graduate or have earned a GED
  • complete a prescribed course of distance and/or resident instruction under the supervision of an Ordained Officer
  • be recommended to and approved by the International Executive Council

General Requirements for Ordination into the Clergy

  • be an Ordained Deaconess or Deacon
  • be at least 21 years old
  • have earned a bachelor's degree or have equivalent combination of education and life experience as determined by the IEC
  • complete a prescribed course of distance and/or resident instruction under the supervision of an Ordained Cleric
  • be recommended to and approved by the International Executive Council

For our Clergy training we have opted to work together with Cherry Hill Seminary to meet the educational requirements for ordination. Cherry Hill Seminary is an instituttion of higher learning that specialises in preparing pagans for ministery. The course you would want to follow for ordination by SWC is the Community Ministry Certificate course Please visit their website for more information on this course.
Upon successful completion of the course and after approval of your application package with SWC you will get an Emmisary certificate. After serving for a year and a day in good standing you can be an ordained minister in the Sacred Well Congregation

Note: Additionally, members desiring to apply for military or institutional chaplaincy posts will be required to meet the specific requirements of those organizations.