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Ordination of Ministers

For those called to the full-time ministry of the Church

It is recommended that Ordination Services of this nature should take place only at specially convened meetings, in order that the responsibility and solemnity of the act may be more clearly realised.

HYMN

Reading of Scriptures.

Eph. 4:1-16.
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

One God and Father of all, who is above all, through all, and in you all.

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Wherefore He saith, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that He ascended, what is it but that lie also descended first into the lower part of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things).

And He gave some, Apostles; and some, Prophets; and some Evangelists; and some, Pastors and Teachers;

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. ”

1st Tim. 6:11-16. “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love patience, meekness.

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where unto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, any before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ; which in His times He shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting… Amen.

ALTERNATIVE SCRIPTURES:-

Isaiah 6, 40:1-11, 49:1-16, Ezekiel 3:17-21,

Matthew 10:1-8, 32, 33, 37,-42, Acts 9:10-20.

PRAYER.

HYMN.

CHAIRMAN’ REMARKS.
Explanation of the purpose of the meeting, with spiritual application to the conjugation and suitable references as demanded.

SPIRITUAL AND SCRIPTURAL ADDRESS.
Charge to the Church, charge to the brother or brethren concerned, Speaker to be specially appointed and prepared.

HYMN.

Statement by Brother or Brethren to be ordained.

Testimony as to their reasons for coming into the ministry; their experience with God.

ORDINATION.

Should be done reverently on the floor level of the Assembly Hall at the front, Chairman to give brief explanation of what is meant by anointing and laying-on of hands. The brother or brethren to be ordained then to be asked the following question:-

“Do you re-affirm your belief in the fundamental doctrines of the Christian Faith as are contained in the Tenets of the Church; and do you approve of the worship, discipline and government of the Church, promising always directly and indirectly to support and enhance them?”

The congregation now stand while those to be ordained kneel in front and are anointed and separated by the laying on of hands.

Prayer now to be offered specifically for the newly ordained minister or ministers.

Prayer being ended, the newly ordained Ministers rise from their knees and are addressed as follows:

“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, we do hereby declare you to be ordained to the once of the Holy Ministry of the Church; and we commend you to the grace of God in the discharge of all your duties as a Minister of the Gospel.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.”

Closing Hymn, Prayer and Benediction.

PRAYER

BENEDICTION

SEE HOW TO CONDUCT OTHER SERVICES IN THE MINISTER’S MANUAL