Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


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Ordination

  • Jim Townsley
  • Jun 9, 2016
Church planting is about winning souls, discipling new believers, and training men and women to serve the Lord. The great commission involves sending out laborers into the harvest field and preaching the gospel to those who have never heard. In order for this to be accomplished young men and women need to surrender to the ministry. Every church should be reaching the regions beyond, but it is impossible unless the church is extended by young men and women surrendering to full-time ministry. One of the greatest phases of church planting is when members of your church are ordained to the gospel ministry and sent out to needy areas to build and establish churches. Sadly, there are many churches that never experience this wonderful event.
Where do preachers and missionaries come from? They do not just show up from Bible college. They must come from local churches just like yours and mine. If your church is not reproducing laborers your church is not following the Bible pattern. The recommendation of ordination should be recognized as a fruit of church planting. It is difficult to make a church grow, but it is even more difficult to send out your best members to another place of service. However, I am convinced that God blesses the church that sends out their best because it is biblical. God will bless the church that follows the Bible plan. 
Building the largest church in your area can be a great blessing of the Lord, but limiting your ministry to one single church may be shortsighted. The Lord commanded us to start in Jerusalem, go to Judea, then to Samaria and eventually to the uttermost parts of the earth. Fulfilling the Great Commission is only possible if churches challenge and train their young people to yield their lives completely to the Lord. 
The process of ordaining young men into the ministry is a formal approval of the church family for a man and his wife to reproduce your ministry in another place. In order for the church to approve a man they must evaluate his readiness and qualifications.
There are certain attributes necessary as well as specific requirements found in 1 Timothy 3:1–7. “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 he 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.”
The process of ordaining a man usually involves leaders of the church and area pastors forming an ordination committee. These men set a specific time to question the candidate and assure that his doctrine is right and that he meets the qualifications found in the Bible. This process should involve the candidate stating his testimony of salvation, his call to preach and his wife should also give her testimony and her feelings toward the ministry. The ordination service could be held the same day, but if possible it would be good if it were held a few weeks later to insure that the candidate is indeed prepared and qualified. Usually two preachers share in the ordination service, one will give the charge and the other the message. This service should be a special event including presenting the candidate with a Bible and the laying on of hands and a prayer of commitment. A reception following the service will give people an opportunity to congratulate the man and his wife. The ordination service is not a regular weekly experience but when it occurs it should be accompanied with pomp and circumstance. Ordination is a miracle of God recognizing the commissioning of a man and his wife to the highest calling on earth.