There is one priesthood, the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God. The women of the Sisterhood of Christ, more commonly referred to as the Sisterhood, are given the keys to use this power within this organization. It is with this priesthood that they help run the Fellowship, perform ordinances, miracles such as healing the sick in the name of Jesus, and in many other ways serve the Lord.
The Sisterhood of Christ breaks into two groups:
All new female members are ordained based on their age, and their call from the Lord. If under 18, they should begin as a Deacon in the Levitical Priesthood, known as the Sisterhood of Miriam, and move up, as prompted by the Spirit, after no less than a year of service, and based on age requirements. If joining the Fellowship after the age of 18, a woman may pray with local leadership to see where the Lord requires them, but should begin no higher than a Priestess in the Sisterhood of Miriam. She would then remain as such for at least one year for training in preparation to joining the High Priesthood.
The Levitical Priesthood the Sisterhood of Christ is associated with the sister of Moses and Aaron; the prophetess Miriam. The Society gives young women keys to the Holy Priesthood that will help train them for leadership in the Fellowship and Christian discipleship. Deacons, as young as 12, will assist leaders and the Fellowship. Teachers may, at the minimum age of 14, enter the Order of the Ministry; helping others grow in their discipleship in Christ. Priestesses assist the Elders and High Priestesses of the Sisterhood of Magdalene in both ordinances and fulfilling their duties of Christian charity to those in need.
The Sisterhood of Magdalene is associated with Mary Magdalene, the wife of Jesus Christ. This Sisterhood oversees the training of the Sisterhood of Miriam, performs sacred rituals and ordinances, oversees charitable acts, the running the organization of Fellowship, and more. Members of this Sisterhood may be Elders or High Priestesses of the Most High God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: they are servants and disciples of Jesus Christ. They have been called by revelation to serve in the Christ’s Fellowship.
The Offices of the Sisterhood of Christ are as follows:
The Junior Order:
The Senior Order:
- High Priestess
As High Priestesses, there are other offices in the Sisterhood that may be obtained for the edification of the Fellowship.
- Elect Lady,* President of the Sisterhood of Christ and at least two counselors, and co-president of the Fellowship
- General Assembly of Apostles (no more than 12)**
- Council of 70
- Assembly of 50 (these women are not required to be members of the Fellowship, or ordained to the Sisterhood)
- Council of Evangelists (Traveling Ministers, Pastors, and Matriarchs)
- Local Pastor or Bishop with at least two councilors, president of the local Sisterhood and co-president of the Bishopric
- The two councilors become the Prioress (Head Priestess) over the Elders and High Priestesses, and the First Deaconess overseeing the Deacons and Teachers, with at least two councilors from the groups they are responsible for. The Pastor/Bishop oversees the Priestesses.
*The title “Elect Lady” comes from 2 John 1: 2, and D&C 25: 3
**The differing in names for the women’s and men’s organizations are help avoid confusion.