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Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by SaggyWoman, Jul 30, 2004.
Why or why not?
First of all, I feel that a man called of God does not need any paper issued from a council of men to prove that he has been called by God. His words and life alone will more than prove that.
Yet, I feel that ordination is needed on a level of that it has become expected by the people of the Church (sad). Today, a pastor can hardly find a Church willing to accept him as THIER pastor without ordination, evangelists have a hard time getting churches to invite him if he is not ordained. Likewise, missionaries are not taken seriously if they have not received the official recognition of their fellow companions and called elect.
in God's eyes all who are called are shown as called. In man's eyes only those who "pass the quiz" graduate into "manhood of ministry" for that reason missionaries need ordination to receive the fullest amount of deputations and support that they can.
So therefore, female missionaries, too, need to be ordained?
If a church wants to ordain anyone that is their business...the ordination requirement is usually something that comes from the sending agency. Traditionaly the work of missionaries is church building, but that traditional role of missionaries has dramatically changed with medical, teaching and agriculture missions that don't need to be ordained. In most cultures outside the USA, the role of women as "spiritual advisor" is not a big deal and wouldn't make a difference if they were ordained or not. There may be however govermental requirements that would equate to ordaination in the US. In my mind it would depend on the "job" of the missionary, ordain if need be, woman or man.
Not necessarily. The BMA has women missionaries in youth and teaching capacities that are not ordained. Most of the men are ordained.