1. A candidate for ordination may approach the pastor of his/her church with a request
to be ordained The matter of ordination is then preseated to the church for approval
2. Upon the approval by the church, the ordination council is notified by the clerk
of the church to examine the candidate as to his/her fitness for ordination.
(a) The Church must send a letter to the Chairman of the Ordaining Council with copies
to the Secretaiy of the Association and the President of the Church Union.
(b) When the Chairman of the Ordaining Council receives this letter from the church,
he/she must notify all members of the Ordaining Council immediately.
3. The ordination council should be given sufficient time (30 days prior to the examination
date) to ascertain the qualification of the candidate. The time for the ordination
service should be considered after the report form die ordination council has been
received. The church should never assume that the council will approve the candidate.
4. When the ordination council meets, the procedures for examining should be understood
by all members of the council. The council will organize itself by selecting a chairman,
secretary, and a person who will lead in the examination of the candidate, with other
members participating as they see fit.
5. The examination of the candidate should include an evaluation of the following:
a. The candidate’s statement of his conversion, his call to preach, and his Christian
experience in general.
b. His/her doctrinal views on the Bible as God’s revelation.
c. His/her views concerning the church
d. His/her knowledge of the Bible and of denominational history and practice.
e. His/her personal attitudes toward the church, the denomination, and the kingdom
of God in general.
f. His/her acquaintance with contemporary thought and affairs.
g. The candidate’s skills in preaching, teaching and pastoral ministries.
h. His/her ability to relate to other persons in teamwork and life relationships.
i. His/her evangelistic and missionary commitments, j. His/her theoty and practice
k. His/her attitude toward his community and other denominations.
1. His/her commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in his own life.
The examination should be kept on a high level and deal with basic Christian doctrines
and attitudes, and should never degenerate into a debate between individuals on the
council concerning nonessential or speculative matters.
The recommendation of the Ordaining Council should only be read in the report at
the Association setting and its auxiliaries. A candidate will not be told of the
council’s decision prior to the reading of the decision in the session.