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This month, FABC will be going through the process of affirming two candidates for service, in our, and other Baptist churches. In order to fully participate, it is well that you appreciate the process of Ordination, so here is a primer:
A Gift From God
Ordination is the way of recognizing that God has called a man to the ministry. God uses the Holy Spirit to work through the prayers and the laying on of hands that the man gives. The ordained man will be professionally known as a minister. Once ordained, the man has the authorization to serve certain roles within the church. These roles will depend on the church where he is serving, but they include such roles as administrative tasks or teaching and preaching the Word. ordination at a local church is not meant to benefit just that church, but rather the entire Baptist church (all churches that follow the Baptist faith).
A man must have an inward sense that God is calling him to serve in the ministry, talents (such as compassion and a gift for public speaking) that enable him to perform his ministry successfully. He must also be an active member of the Baptist church.
FABC will offer two candidates for consideration in this process. They are Greg Kaiser, our current Worship Leader and Ken Hansen, just called by our Pastor’s Management Team to serve as Church Planting Pastor.
A meeting is scheduled and pastors are invited to attend. The candidate will be questioned on doctrine, their personal life, whether or not they have their wife’s support, their faith life and their understanding of their job as a pastor and their understanding of the beliefs of the convention of Baptist churches that congregation belongs to. What the pastors who question the candidate are trying to determine is if the man in question is ready to lead a church. Is his faith mature and does he understand authority? The candidate is given time to speak for himself. Some of the pastors may give witness to his ability and character.