Featured Ordination in Different Denominations

Discussion in 'Church Office' started by zsmcd, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. zsmcd

    zsmcd Puritan Board Freshman

    What does ordination look like in your denomination, as far as requirements and steps taken to get to that point goes? I am mostly interested in hearing the difference between the OPC and PCA (I am most familiar with the PCA), but am also interested to hear the differences in other reformed denominations as well.
     
  2. Guido's Brother

    Guido's Brother Puritan Board Junior

    In the Canadian Reformed Churches and Free Reformed Churches of Australia this is the normal process:

    1. Obtain a Master of Divinity degree from the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary (that's the ordinary way our pastors receive their theological training).
    2. Undergo a candidacy examination at classis to be declared eligible for call.
    3. Hopefully receive a call from a local church.
    4. Accept the call.
    5. Undergo an ordination examination at a classis.
    6. Ordination in the local church.
     
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  3. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    TEs?
    REs?
    Deacons?
    All of the above?
     
  4. zsmcd

    zsmcd Puritan Board Freshman

    TEs
     
  5. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Senior

    In our denomination, the pastor normally attends a seminary and receives his masters of Divinity degree, than has a period where he teaches and leads in a local assembly as licensed to do such by His association board, and then is recognized by the both his local church and the supervising board over them in his region as ordained to pastor and preach.
     
  6. Gforce9

    Gforce9 Puritan Board Junior

    Coming from non confessional, pop-evangelicalism, where any Moe, Larry, or Curly can "ordain" himself "minister", I've come to appreciate and love the serious vetting process in the Reformed denominations, particularly in presbyterianism. I dare say that most pop-evangelical pastors would not pass round one of the trials in my presbytery. I say this with gratitude and not with pride.....
     
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  7. zsmcd

    zsmcd Puritan Board Freshman


    Is there any sort of time required to be "under care" and/or in an internship position (as in the PCA) before the candidate can pursue a call?
     
  8. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Senior

    It all depends upon the church and pastor, as mine has the senior pastor with 2 earned doctorates, and assistant one with masters of Divinity degree.
     
  9. jwithnell

    jwithnell Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Internships are becoming common as folks come out of school without a good understanding of how a church should function. All young adults, whether heading for ordination or not, should be active participants in a local congregation throughout their schooling. There's no substitute.
     
  10. Gforce9

    Gforce9 Puritan Board Junior

    David,
    It sounds like you have a we'll educated minister and that can be a blessing. Your situation is not the norm.....I wish it were...
     
  11. Guido's Brother

    Guido's Brother Puritan Board Junior

    The M.Div. program at CRTS includes a Pastoral Training Program which includes a full summer internship, plus some other components.
     
  12. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Senior

    Yes, both of our pastors are indeed a blessing to our church, and my senior pastor Professor while attending his first school was Dr Gary Habermas, and my pastor is on first name basis with many known and recognized scholars and theologians.
     
  13. John Yap

    John Yap Puritan Board Freshman

    So, typically Baptist preachers to be, do not affirm / do not need to affirm any external call before going into seminary?
     
  14. kodos

    kodos Puritan Board Junior

    In the RPCNA, we typically have this process for a man who feels called:

    1. Session recommends a man to come under care (after he expresses his desire to his session and the session believes he is a man who is qualified to become an elder and shows signs of gifting).
    2. His session introduces him to the Presbytery. Presbytery hears him speak of his testimony and desire to become a Teaching Elder. Presbytery asks him questions about the sense of his call and his character, then votes on whether to take him under care.
    3. Man enrolls in Seminary (if he isn't already). Usually, it is our denominational seminary (RPTS).
    4. Ordinarily, every year of progress (assuming fulltime study) the man is tested by the Presbytery.

    Year 1: License to Preach
    Year 2: Eligibility to Receive a Call
    Year 3 (Final Exams): Ordination.

    At each level a sermon is expected by the man under care, as is administered a test on Systematic Theology and Personal Godliness/Pastoral Gifts. Various other tests at various levels are English Bible, Church History, Exegesis Paper, Church History Paper. English Bible and Church History exams also have a written component as well as an oral component. At every exam, Presbyters have the opportunity to examine and ask pertinent questions that the official examiner may not have.

    On the whole, I find it a pretty sound process -- assuming that Presbyters do their duty in asking the tough questions that must be asked. We get three or four opportunities to weed out men who should not be there.
     
  15. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Senior

    Normally, what happens is that the person going to Seminary feels that they have been called by God to pursue this, and his pastor or someone else in authority over him to write a recommendation supporting him going forward. His local church and the authority board over him would be confirming his calling into ministry.
     

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