I hope this will help you in some way as you seek to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is in no way my original thought but has been developed after many years of use by Southern Baptist Churches. It has also been adapted in use from many resources and all including revivalist, which grant you the right to copy and use.

"Deacon Ordination"
Every Southern Baptist church is autonomous and establishes its own policies but there are some regular procedures that seem to be used by most Southern Baptist churches. Each local church determines who they will ordain.

1. The church will elect the deacon and should check with the constitution to follow the established pro- cedures. The qualifications should also be presented here as well as the complete recommendation and election process.


2. The pastor, a minister, or the chairman of deacons may present the candidate(s) to the church and asks for permission to convene an “Ordination Council.” The church should not be hasty in ordaining an individual. The church should be certain he has the scriptural qualifications to serve as a deacon. The candidate should prove himself before he is considered for ordination.

3. If the request is approved, a time is established for the Ordination Council and ordained persons (deacons and ministers) are invited. These may be persons who are members of that particular church as well as ordained persons from other churches. It is a good practice to involve fellow churches as this involves support, prayer and fellowship from the community.

4. The pastor, a minister, the director of missions, or the chairman of deacons may preside over the Ordination Council until a chairman is elected. The chairman leads in the questioning of the person to be ordained. Usually the person being ordained is seated so that he is facing those who are asking questions. Any person who is present at the assembly council may ask questions. Usually the person being ordained is asked to briefly tell of his salvation experience. Other questions may be centered around biblical theology, ethics, morals, personal beliefs, missions, coperative program, virgin birth, errors in the bible, his ministry service, etc.

5. The Ordination Council votes on whether to recommend that the church proceed with the ordination of this man. The council may choose to delay the ordination or even reject the candidate.
That is why it is usually best to hold the council one week prior to the ordination service. The questioning should not be done in a way to promote fear but in a loving manner to help him express his faith and beliefs.

6. If the Council votes to recommend the ordination, the pastor or chairman of the Ordination Council presents the recommendation to the church, either at a regular business meeting or a called business meeting, for church approval. This will usually be done during the following week.

7. If the church approves, a date for an Ordination service will be set. The service follows the order of a regular worship service with modifications. Someone (or two people) may give a “charge to the candidate” and a “charge to the church.” Appropriate music is selected. Someone may preach an ordination sermon. Someone will pray an ordination prayer and ordained persons will “lay on hands.” The deacon candidate may have someone in mind that he would like to preach the message. In either case notify these men and check for their availablity and this also gives them preparation time. The man being ordained should be presented a very nice Bible and along with his wife and family receive the congratulations of the people after the benediction. The service should be not more than one hour in length.

8. A Certificate of Ordination is presented (may be purchased at a Christian book store), or your local association may have some on hand that you may purchase. If the certificate is signed ahead of time; it may be placed in a nice frame.


Sample Ordination Service With One Speaker:

You may add or adapt these programs as you are led by God to do so. For instance, I have enjoyed in the past, placing deacon testimonials right after the bible presentation. And yes, it is a real good idea to have these men agreed ahead to do so. This avoids atleast two things. One, it does not allow the service to be stretched out too long. Two, the agreed deacons have an opportunity to pray about their presentation first.

Call to Worship

Hymn of Praise

Scripture and Prayer

Introductory Statement (
Tell why you have gathered.)

Presentation of the Candidate and His Family

The Ordination Prayer (
Candidate will kneel facing the congregation.)

Laying on of Hands
(
While the candidate is kneeling, ordained men in the congregation will file by and place their hands on the candidate’s head and whisper a prayer, or an encouraging word to the minister.)

Presentation of the Bible

Special Music

Message

Hymn of Commitment

Closing Prayer

The entire congregation will greet the candidate and his family.

Sample Ordination Service With A Separate Charge
To Candidate and Church

Call to Worship

Hymn of Praise

Scripture and Prayer

Introductory Statement (
Tell why you have gathered.)

Presentation of the Candidate and His Family

Charge To The Candidate

Hymn of Praise (or appropriate special music.)

The Ordination Prayer (
Candidate will kneel facing the congregation.)

Laying on of Hands
(
While the candidate is kneeling, ordained men in the congregation will file by and place their hands on the candidate’s head and whisper a prayer, or an encouraging word to the minister.)

Presentation of the Bible

Special Music

Charge To The Church

Hymn of Commitment

Closing Prayer

The entire congregation will greet the candidate and his family.

May God Really Bless You in Your Service To Him. I hope this is a help to you. The only restriction we place on this is that it not be used for resale.

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