My thoughts about the process and the event of ordination…


As I and my colleagues from the Provisional Support Group are preparing for Ordination at 2010 Annual Conference, here are some of my thoughts about process and event of ordination…



I understand ordination in the context of the general ministry of the Church to be a process that challenges the candidate to examine his/her sense of call, provides a mechanism for the Church to examine how the candidate functions in a position of servant leadership, and provides a pathway to examine the candidate’s understanding of God’s gracious and loving presence in the world that He created.


The process of ordination verifies that the candidate is capable of theological reflection in the context of World events, that he/she can recognize God’s presence in the world, and that the candidate is making a commitment to uphold the highest standards of Christian living and to teach the Doctrine of the Church while agreeing to be a conduit of God’s grace and love.


The event of ordination confirms that the Church has examined the candidate using agreed upon methodology, found that he/she meets all the required criteria, and also demonstrates clear potential to do so in the future while continuing to work in the context of mutual interdependence with other ordained persons.


The seal of ordination is not a sign of special holiness, or a mark of being set aside for a special position in the culture of the Church. Ordained persons are authorized to preach and teach the word of God, to administer the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, equip and mentor the laity for ministry, exercise responsible pastoral oversight, and diligently administer the Discipline of the Church.


The process of ordination assures that the Church of the future will be viable, that it will be rooted in Scripture, and supported by tradition, reason and experience.


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