Ordination Policy and Procedure (Sample)

The Ordination P&P (Policy and Procedure) (Sample) for ministers is available free to download, customize and print for your church administrative office...

The Ordination P&P for ministers is a 3 page sample guide for your church to use and create one and insert into your Church P&P Manual...

What is ordination? Ordination is the action or process of ordaining or conferring holy orders on someone or the process that a church enters to affirm the calling, giftedness, and service of the candidate, ordination cannot be detached from a place of service.

What does it take to be ordained? Each church has different process for ordination. Here is a sample Ordination P&P that includes:

  • P&P Statement - [Church Name] has the ordaining authority. Ordination is neither a right nor an entitlement to be claimed by an individual. A church prayerfully ordains, not to endow with power nor to confer social status, but as a public affirmation of what God has already done. A church chooses to ordain a person because they have discerned evident of a Godly call, have witnessed gifts of ministry, have seen satisfactory preparation for ministry, and accept the candidate to minister among them. (See Ordination P&P below for rest of statement.)
  • P&P Procedure - [Church Name] affirm that ordination requires the candidate for ordination is serving in a place of service, i.e. an American Church or other ABC Ministry. Ordination is the process that a church enters to affirm the calling, giftedness, and service of the one serving. Therefore, it cannot be detached from a place of service.
  • Role of the Church Congregation - The appropriate board or committee of the church to which the candidate belongs shall meet with the candidate to gain information as to eligibility for ordination.
    (See Ordination P&P below for rest of Role of the Church Congregation.)
  • Role of the Candidate - After conferring with his/her Pastor, the candidate should seek counseling from his/her minister as to procedures leading to ordination.
  • The Candidate shall be Responsible for: Submitting documents as required by the COMSAO (Council on Ministerial Standing and Ordination), An official transcript from all schools attended that documents successful completion of work and graduation (if appropriate), Providing written references as required by COMSAO. (See Ordination P&P below for rest of The Candidate shall be Responsible for:)
  • Abbreviated Steps to Ordination - 1. Church and candidate meet to review procedures and establish a course of action. Application materials will not be sent to candidates without the authorization of a minister. 2. Application materials are submitted to COMSAO. These include: [list all materials here].
  • Revised Date - Insert the date the Ordination P&P is revised (if applicable).
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