A) Any male member who meets the qualifications stated in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9, may be considered for ordination as a minister of the Gospel. Candidates for ordination must be members of this local assembly or one its mission churches. No other persons may be ordained by this church.
(B) The candidate must have an experience of conversion, a divine call to the ministry, a consistent Christian walk, a vital concern for the souls of men and for the edification of the church at home and abroad.
(C) The candidate must affirm his unequivocal adherence to the Statement of Faith set forth in Article 2 of these bylaws. His doctrinal position on matters not specifically addressed in the Statement of Faith must be based on the Scriptures as the Word of God.
(D) Graduation from a four-year Bible college, or its equivalent, is not required, though the candidate must have a thorough understanding of the Word of God (not a novice). Any uncertainty as to call or other obvious disqualifications should bar a man from ordination regardless of educational attainments.
(E) All persons licensed or ordained by this church must be convinced Baptists who accept the historic Baptist distinctives in all matters pertaining to church order and practice.
(F) All candidates should spend a period of time (as deemed appropriate by the current pastor) engaged exclusively •in preaching and pastoral work before being considered for ordination. Exceptions to this rule will be made when the candidate has had adequate pastoral experience before and during his formal biblical education, or when he must seek early ordination to satisfy requirements for pastoral service of a mission church, missionary service or chaplaincy.
SECTION 12.02 – ORDINATION PROCEDURES
(A) Upon a majority vote at a duly noticed church administration meeting, the church may call an ordination council for the purpose of considering the qualifications for the ordination candidate. The ordination council shall consist of ordained ministers of like faith invited by the pastor to participate in the examination of the candidate.
(B) After organizing itself, the council will examine the candidate with respect to his spiritual experience, call to the ministry, and view of Christian doctrine and Baptist distinctives. The council should take its responsibility seriously and examine the candidate carefully. The outcome of the examination will be a recommendation to the church whether or not to ordain. If the council recommends ordination, the church shall vote to adopt or reject the council’ s recommendation at a duly noticed church administration meeting.
(C) If the candidate is recommended for ordination by the council and the church adopts the recommendation, the pastor and the chairman of the deacons shall arrange for the ordination service. The following parts are usually included in the ordination service: Introduction consisting of the reading of Scripture relating to the qualifications for ordination, prayer, special music, and reading of the determination of the examining council; Ordination charge to the church; Ordination prayer accompanied by laying on of hands by the council; Charge to the candidate; Benediction by the newly ordained minister.
SECTION 12.03 REVOCATION OF ORDINATION
(A) Should a minister ordained by the church be found living a life unbecoming a servant of the Lord or preaching and teaching contrary to the Word of God, the pastor may call a council to hear the charges and the minister ‘ s defense.
(B) The reviewing council shall consist of the board of deacons and ordained ministers of like faith invited to participate in the hearing of the charges and the minister’ s defense.
(C) Upon a recommendation by a majority vote of the council, the church will then revoke the minister’s ordination certificate.
SECTION 12.04 LICENSE
(A) Those who desire to prepare for the gospel ministry may be issued a license to preach by this church after the pastor and board of deacons have examined the candidate’s divine call and qualifications.
(B) The pastor and the board of deacons may license an associate or assistant pastor as a preliminary step to ordination at a later date.
(C) A license to the ministry shall be considered the equivalent to ordination, but shall be considered probationary in nature. It is expected that the licensed minister will be considered for ordination within four years of being licensed.