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Ordination of Lay Ministers

For Overseers, Elders, Evangelists, Deacons and Deaconesses

HYMN

Scripture:

1st TIM. 3:1-16. “This is a true saying; if a man desire the office of a Bishop, he desireth a good work, A Bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (for if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall be take care of the church of God ?). Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus, These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly; but if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. “

Alternative Scriptures: 1st Tim. 1:18-20; 2nd Tim. 3:1-17; 2nd Tim. 4:1-8.

HYMN

PRAYER

HYMN (Those to be ordained will come forward during the singing of this hymn)

ADDRESS (By the presiding Minister or Minister appointed)

ORDINATION (All to be ordained will now stand, while the charge is read to them)

CHARGE FOR OVERSEERS, ELDERS AND EVANGELISTS:

“As you are anointed and separated this day into the once of Overseer/Elder/Evangelist, I charge you before this congregation –

That you keep faithfully the covenant now entered into between you and this Church; that you preach the Word, being instant in season and out of season; that you feed the flock of God; that you abstain from all appearance of evil and every unscriptural practice, that you adhere to the Tenets and Rules of Conduct and Belief of the Church in their entirely; that you seek to uphold all decisions of the Church Council for the guidance, safety and future of the Church; that you be hospitable, sober, just, holy and temperate in all your ways, ever seeking to live well pleasing before God and man, so that you may purchase to yourself a good reward.

DO YOU ACCEPT THIS CHARGE?” (Omit the clause ‘that you feed the flock of God’ when ordaining Evangelists)

The people concerned may then answer “YES I DO”

Charge for Deacons and Deaconesses:

“As you are separated this day into the once of Deacon/Deaconess, I charge you before God arid the Lord Jesus Christ and in the presence of this congregation –

That you keep faithfully the covenant now entered into between you and this Church; that you hold the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience; that you abstain from all appearance of evil and every unscriptural practice; that you accept to the Tenets and Rules of Conduct and Belief of the Church in their entirely; that you submit yourselves to the higher offices of the Church, seeking ever to be faithful in all things, remembering that they who have used the office well purchase to themselves a good degree and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus, DO YOU ACCEPT THIS CHARGE?”

The people concerned may then answer “YES I DO”

The congregation now stand while those to be ordained kneel in front and are anointed and separated by the laying on of hands of all the Ministers present. (Evangelists, Deacons, Deaconesses will receive the laying on of hands only).

Hymn.

Prayer and Benediction.

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