On the Bap Theology thread, JDale said "The biggest concern I have about this issue from a Baptist Polity perspective comes from the opposite direction. What can Baptists do when someone who was ordained for wrong reasons, or who has fallen into immorality, or has adopted false doctrines, simply takes his original "ordination certificate," presents it to another unsuspecting Baptist Church, and is called into a Pastorate? I've seen this happen more than once, and in several different Baptist denominations (SBC's included). I believe this is a weakness among Baptists that they have not and perhaps cannot fully address... So do you consider this situation a "weakness" or is it simply Baptist autonomy. When calling a pastor, how do you conduct a "search" on him or her ( :smilewinkgrin: just joking) Do you require references - 2nd and 3rd generation references? Any other suggestions to make sure a pastor is still "properly ordained. Do you think a church can defrock a pastor fro immoral or theological behavior. Suppose a church has disbanded - then what?