Becoming a Sikh Dharma International Minister

New Minister Candidate Procedure

Please read the following instructions carefully to understand the requirements for becoming an ordained Sikh Dharma Interational Minister.

The information provided during the Candidate’s application process will be kept as part of the Candidate’s permanent record with the Office of the Secretary of Religion. Upon completion of the application and successful completion of the Minister approval process, the Candidate will be granted permission to take Minister Vows.

NOTE: The New Minister Candidate procedure must be completed at least one month prior to a Candidate taking vows. Please note that this procedure may be updated from time to time.


Requirements for a Minister Candidate

Prior to applying to become a Minister Candidate you must have taken Sikh Vows and/or Amrit and have been living as a Sikh for three years following Sikh Vows and/or Amrit. The exception to these criteria is someone who has been living as a Sikh for at least the previous five years but has not yet taken Sikh Vows and/or Amrit. In this case, the Candidate must wait one year after taking Sikh Vows and/or Amrit before applying. A suggested course at this time for potential Minister candidates is Journey into the Heart of Sikh Dharma.

Submitting Your Candidate Application

To initiate the New Minister Candidate process, submit the following to the Secretary of Religion:

  1. formal letter of request stating your intention to be a Minister Candidate and a statement that you meet the prerequisites to be a Minister Candidate, as stated above (please include the dates of Sikh Vows and/or Amrit and when you first began living as a Sikh). Please sign and date this letter. Provide your spiritual name, legal name and birth name, name you are currently using, place of birth, date of birth, address, phone and email.
  2. Provide a resume or professional vitae if possible.
  3. A current passport-style photo (men in full white turban, women in white turban and chuni).
  4. A signed and dated copy of our Affadavit for Minister Candidate.

You may send all the above materials by email to [email protected] or send by mail to:

The Office of the Secretary of Religion
Sikh Dharma International Ministry
P.O. Box 1382
Espanola, NM 87532 USA

Background Check

A background check may be conducted on the Candidate. The Candidate will sign an Affidavit attesting to their fitness to be a Sikh Dharma Minister. Any statements shown to be false could lead to a Candidate’s Ministership being denied or revoked. The Affadavit may be submitted via email, but must be signed by the applicant.

 


Minister Recommendations

The Candidate is required to request recommendations from five qualified, current Sikh Dharma Ministers. “Current” means the recommender is up-to-date in all annual Minister requirements. These recommenders will constitute a “Panj” for the candidate.

For a list of Ministers, please click here for our Sikh Dharma International Minister Directory. Ministers who are shown as Not Current may send a recommendation and contact our office to update their Minister status (complete their annual Minister requirements). Ministers must be Current in their annual credentials for their recommendation to apply to the candidate process.

Recommendation Form

All recommenders must complete and submit the recommendations directly to the Secretary of Religion using the Minister Candidate Recommendation Form (instructions included on form – see below).

Minister Candidates may provide the form (see below) to the qualified recommenders. However, the completed and signed form must be sent directly by each recommender to the Secretary of Religion. Recommendations may be sent via email, but must be signed and dated by the recommenders.

Please download and save the form on your computer before completing. Then save the form with the name of the Minister Candidate and email it to us at [email protected] 

Qualified Recommenders – Minister Centers

If the Candidate lives in or near a Minister Center (a geographic area where five or more Sikh Dharma Ministers live in fairly close proximity to each other), the five recommendations must be from Ministers from that Center.

Minister Centers: Espanola, NM; Eugene, OR; Herndon, VA; Los Angeles, CA; Millis, MA; New York City/Brooklyn/Long Island; Phoenix, AZ; and San Francisco, CA. 

If the Candidate has lived in that Center for less than two years, then two of the recommendations may come from Sikh Dharma Ministers from the candidate’s previous Minister Center. If the Candidate did not previously live in a Center, then the five recommendations can be from any current Sikh Dharma Ministers. If the Candidate does not live in a Minister Center, then all five recommendations can be from any current Sikh Dharma Ministers (including Ministers from a previous Minister Center).

If a member of the Central Section of the International Khalsa Council lives in the Candidate’s geographic area, one of the recommendations must be from a current, active member of the Central Section. It is also highly encouraged that one of the recommendations be from the Candidate’s Sikh Dharma Granthi, who is also a Sikh Dharma International Minister.

 

Qualified Recommenders – Central Section of Khalsa Council

  • MSS Guruka Singh Khalsa
  • MSS Guru Singh Khalsa
  • MSS Hari Jiwan Singh Khalsa
  • MSS Krishna Kaur Khalsa
  • MSS Nirvair Singh Khalsa
  • SS Dr. Soram Singh Khalsa
  • MSS Tarn Taran Singh Khalsa.

Interview and Essay

Upon receiving five qualified Recommendation Forms for the Candidate, the Secretary of Religion will contact the Candidate. The Secretary of Religion may also contact the recommenders for additional information. The Secretary of Religion will set up an appointment to meet with the Minister Candidate in order to conduct a telephone, online, or in-person interview.

Following the interview—provided there are no serious concerns about this Candidate becoming a Minister or an identified need for additional self-development—the Secretary of Religion will assign the Candidate an essay question to be completed by the Candidate in writing. This essay needs to be dated, signed, and submitted to the Secretary of Religion. Essays may be sent via email, but must be signed and dated.


Final Approval and Minister Vows

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Upon receipt and review of the submitted essay, the Secretary of Religion will be responsible for final approval of the applicant as a Minister of Sikh Dharma. Upon approval, the Secretary of Religion will inform the Candidate in writing that he/she has been approved. Arrangements will then be made for the Minister Candidate to take Sikh Dharma Minister Vows at Summer Solstice, Winter Solstice, or the European Yoga Festival. If there are special circumstances as to when and where the candidate may take vows, those details will be worked out with the Secretary of Religion.


New Minister Application and Fee

In order to complete the Candidate process and officially become a Sikh Dharma Minister, upon taking vows, the Candidate must contact the Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Religion at info@sdministry.org or in writing to P.O. Box 1382, Espanola, NM, that he or she has done so. The Candidate will then receive a New Minister Application packet. The packet will contain instructions for submitting a Minister data sheet, ID photos, signature card, signed Minister Vows and a one-time Minister Application fee of $108.00 US. Upon remitting all of the above, the New Minister will receive his/her Minister’s Identification Card, ordination letter and a certificate as a Sikh Dharma Minister.

(New Minister Candidate Procedures – revised 8-14-2018)

 

 

Sikh Dharma Ministry

Recommendation Form for Sikh Dharma Minister Candidate


Dear Sikh Dharma International Minister:

You have been asked to complete this recommendation form in support of a New Minister Candidate. Thank you for being a part of this special Panj of Ministers for this individual’s process of becoming a Sikh Dharma International Minister.

Note:  In order to provide this recommendation, you must be a Minister in Good Standing, fulfilling all annual renewal requirements to date. If you are Not Current in your renewal process, please contact [email protected] to verify and update your Minister status.

The Candidate Approval Group is highly dependent on your responses to the questions in this recommendation. Please answer each question as thoroughly as you can (use as much room as needed). Please refrain from showing your responses to the candidate directly. With your signed permission, your responses will be utilized during the Candidate Interview process.

Thank you for taking the time to respond thoughtfully and completely to the Minister Recommendation questions below.


Section I: 

Recommender Contact Information

Candidate Contact Information


Section II: Candidate Recommendation Questions

NOTE: The following questions are essential to the New Minister Candidate review and approval process. Your input is critical as it helps the Candidate Approval Group to understand this individual’s strengths, weaknesses, and areas of growth. Your thoughtful replies are vital to this process. Please answer each of these questions as thoroughly as you can (use as much space as needed, but at least one paragraph answer per question is requested.)  

# 1 — What is your relationship with this person (in what capacity have you known them and for how long)?

# 2 — What has this person been doing in their sangats, communities, or world at large that qualifies him or her to be considered for the role of a Sikh Dharma International Minister? Please give examples.

# 3 — We have found that the following types of qualities support the role of individuals serving as Sikh Dharma International Ministers. 

  • Dharmic Qualities (relationship with Guru, Sangat and the Siri Singh Sahib; committed to Sikh Dharma International values and practices; lives as a Khalsa on a daily basis; surrenders to the Guru’s will; devotion to the path of Sikh Dharma)
  • Leadership Qualities (capacity for selfless service and sacrifice, spiritual maturity, maintains a daily spiritual practice)
  • Meditative Qualities (inner silence/shuniaa, meditative mind, neutrality, reverence, embodies sacredness)
  • Personal Qualities (compassionate, noble, radiant, loving, kind, respectful, graceful)
  • Character Qualities (humble, self-contained, patient, spirit of Cherdhi Kala)                                                                                                                 

Please share examples and/or stories from each of the above categories about this candidate that you believe indicate their readiness to serve as a Sikh Dharma International Minister.

# 4 — What unique gifts, strengths, and professional or other skills does this person bring to the calling of being a Sikh Dharma International Minister? Please give examples. 

# 5 — What Sikh Dharma competencies and skills does this person presently have? (Demonstrates a knowledge of and/or the ability to teach and share about gurdwara protocols and ceremonies, peer counseling, Gurmukhi, kirtan, community involvement, interfaith, Sikh history, langar prep, etc.). 

# 6 — Please comment on the candidate’s commitment to the Sikh lifestyle as reflected through their communication, dress, service, and meditative mind (Bani, Bana, Seva and Simran). 

# 7 — What are this person’s challenge areas and are there any areas of further development that you believe the candidate needs to strengthen before becoming a Sikh Dharma International Minister? How do you recommend this person address these areas of development?

# 8 A Sikh Dharma International Minister must embody a certain consciousness and character as reflected in the Sikh Dharma International Minister vows. Are there any specific concerns that you have about this candidate? If so, please explain here or contact the Office of the Secretary of Religion to discuss.


Section III: Additional Comments

In addition to the questions in Section II, we request you provide additional information that would further enhance our understanding of this candidate in relationship to their becoming an ordained Sikh Dharma International Minister. Please let us know anything else about this candidate that would help us to review their ability to serve in this capacity.  (*Use as much space as needed to respond thoroughly to this section.)


Section IV: Permission to Share Responses

Please refrain from showing your responses to the Minister candidate directly. Some of your responses may be utilized during the candidate interview process. It is very powerful for a Minister candidate to hear five different recommender’s perceptions about them with regard to becoming a Minister.

Please indicate below your willingness to allow us to share your responses with the candidate.


Submission of Form

I,   hereby submit my recommendation for . I affirm that all the information in this recommendation is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

 

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