I have never seen a layman baptize a person or preside over the Lord's supper. I have read through the Baptist Faith & Message, as well as our church's constitution and by-laws and find nothing that requires a minister of the gospel to administer these ordinances. Likewise, there is nothing that prohibits a layman from doing so. I have often seen ordained ministers come in from outside the church to baptize their relatives, but never a layman. So I am asking on this board, "What is the scriptural requirement for an ordained minister of the gospel to administer church ordinances? If the consensus is that there is no such requirement, would a lay woman be as qualified as a man to administer these ordinances?