What is Templar Church?
By Bishop Daniel Beach
As a denomination, Templar Church is a branch of the one Christian Church. We acknowledge Jesus the Christ as our Founder, Living Head and Eternal High Priest. A “denomination” is not a separate religion, it is an organization “that is a group of fallible human beings” who gather in worship, pool funds, construct church buildings, file for nonprofit status, operate ministries, hold rummage sales and do all the other things people associate with the word “church.”
Most denominations believe the same tenets of Christian faith, which were laid down in complete form prior to the year 1000. But each denomination is separately organized and managed. So there’s unity in faith, but diversity in practice and governance. (It’s important not to confuse matters of faith with matters of church practice and governance.)
CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT, ORTHODOX:
Templar Church includes Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox Christians. Our clergy celebrate the liturgy and administer the seven sacraments in the traditional Christian way.
We are a sacramental church. We hold that the sacraments are visible signs of a manifestation of grace and serve as aids to spiritual growth. Believe in the three creeds is the rite of passage into membership in our Church: http://templarchurch.org/beliefs/
Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Absolution, Holy Unction and Holy Matrimony are made available to all. Holy Orders is a higher initiation and ministry which is also made available to all members.
We are a modern church. We maintain that eternal truth cloaks itself in garb appropriate to the age and that the outward form of religion should keep pace with human development.
Templar Church is an independent denomination of churches. We welcome to our altars all who reverently approach them. We grant members the widest measure of intellectual liberty and freedom of conscience.
We acknowledge that freedom of conscience makes each person fully responsible for his or her own self-development. We recognize freedom of thought and expression as essential for self-discovery.
The Templar Church Denomination embodies an ancient truth for the modern world. We provide an intelligent alternative, traditional worship with the free exploration of new ideas and techniques. All seekers are encouraged to rely on the Holy Bible and the three creeds as their source of knowledge for their faith.
Our Church is a spiritual fellowship of followers of Christ. We give ourselves and others encouragement to live the truth. To live the truth is to become ever more like Christ, the source of real fellowship.
We are a Church of love. We accept Saint John’s testimony that God is love. For us, Christ’s ministry is the law of love: “Love the Lord, thy God, with thy whole heart, thy whole mind and thy whole strength; and love thy neighbor as thyself. This is the whole Law and the prophets.”
We maintain that the Holy Spirit acts through pure channels everywhere. There is only one true God, however known and worshipped; hence, there is only one holy universal Church, regardless of cultural form. We revere the saints of all ages.
We hold that the chief purpose of the Church is to perpetuate the historical sacramental tradition as instituted by Christ. We maintain that the sacraments are channels for divine grace. Therefore, we make the sacraments easily available to all.
Since the Eucharist puts us in communion with Christ, it is a channel of grace without parallel. Therefore, at our altars all reverent persons are welcome to receive Communion, whether members of the Templar Church or not.
OPEN HOLY ORDERS
Holy Orders are open to all members of the Church and available to all those who wish to serve Christ in a special way.
Templar Church is a legally constituted church denomination in the USA and incorporated in the state of New Hampshire with Business ID: 725359 which is viewable at: https://www.sos.nh.gov/corporate/soskb/Corp.asp?1259808. Templar Church is a non-profit organization and all donations to Templar Church or it’s ministries are tax deductible. Templar Church is a denomination that currently owns two member churches, one in Connecticut and one in Texas. Membership includes Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox. Templar Church works to spread the light of Christ in an increasingly dark world.
Our members are called to fulfill Psalms 82:3-4
3 Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
We strive to provide spiritual growth for our members and aim to help them achieve their individual goals and eventually ordain them into full ministry.
Some of aspects of our church’s ministry:
- We conduct Church Services once a month. All our services are open to the public. We hold special public services once a year we call “Conclaves.” All our services consist of Worship, sermons from the Bible, and teachings or admonishments from the clergy. We also hold special public services called “Investitures.”
- We provide online training in Christian doctrine and training for our members.
- We hold Bible Studies.
- We have a Prayer Ministry.
- We ordain Missionaries.
- We Support our Missionaries spiritually.