What Ministers Need to Know
A minister is a minister. A spiritual healer is a spiritual healer.
A minister may be a spiritual healer but no minister is automatically a spiritual healer. Ministers must meet all of the requirements of a licensed spiritual healer or they cannot legally practice as a spiritual healer.
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Ministers can pray for themselves and others, teach others how to pray and help others pray. Ministers can anoint with water or oil and lay on hands. Ministers can read and interpret scripture. Ministers can teach others how to contemplate and meditate. Spiritual healers can also do these things.
Ministers can advise their congregation regarding spiritual matters, and perform the sacraments of their church. Spiritual healers who are not ordained as ministers cannot do these things.
Ministers who are also spiritual healers have far fewer problems with license boards if they practice spiritual healing as a licensed spiritual healer than they do if they practice spiritual healing as a minister. The problem is there are many more non-qualified people practicing as a minister than as a spiritual healer. The good news is licensed spiritual healers are presumed to be competent while ministers are not.
Ministers must meet all of the requirements of a licensed spiritual healer or they cannot legally practice as a spiritual healer.
The title "minister" is an ecclesiastical title that does not convey any right to ignore secular laws regarding health, nutrition, therapies and wellness. For example, only licensed massage therapists may provide massage therapy services. Licensed ministers desiring to provide massage therapy servcies, must also be licensed massage therapiets.
Many people will tell you this is not true. But when you get into trouble, they will usually tell you: "I told you so."
If you have any doubts about this, contact the American Association of License Board Mediators at 800-838-1931 ex 4.
It's better to know the truth before you are arrested, harassed or ordered to close your business.