In Baptist life an Ordination Council is formed for the purpose of examining an ordination candidate with a view toward providing a recommendation to the church as to the candidate’s fitness for ministry. Given the congregational polity of Baptist churches, no central body beyond the congregation may dictate the specific operation of an Ordination Council. What follows is a possible process for an Ordination Council that Baptist churches may modify to suit their needs. This is not a treatise on Baptist ordination practices. It is designed to be a practical guide for the members of an Ordination Council.
Written by Dave Stratton