Ordaning a man...

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  1. Salty

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    Normally in a Baptist church, an ordination consists of a council of pastors from sister churches who examine the candidate, followed by a recommendation to the church. The church then votes (normally they follow the advise of the council).

    Now here is the question. Does your church vote with a majority vote only or super majority such as 2/3 or 3/4.

    Why would a church vote to ordain a man with only a simple majority when they would require a 3/4 vote to install their own pastor.

    Also does your church require a unanimous vote of the ordination council ....

    Hmmmm
     
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    Our church would call a council of ordained "veteran" elders. They would question on basic doctrinal fidelity and personal holiness and recommend to our elders/congregation to ordain or to wait and help the brother overcome some deficiencies.

    We would hold a private meeting of the men of the church, discuss the situation (to ordain, not or wait) and then each person speak to the matter. We reach a consensus, led by the elders, and move ahead.

    (We are an elder-led, not elder-dictator, reformed baptist congregation so a tad different than the "majority rules" of many baptist church congregational polity)
     
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    Am I to understand that the Elders must be unanimous in their decision?
     
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    Honestly, I don't know. I know when our last ordination occurred, 5 pastors were ordained and it was unanimous. Honestly, I think if even one had a concern, it would be worthy to wait.
     
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    Yes. The elders of the church (that is ordaining the man) must be in total agreement.

    The ordained elders called for the council might not give a 100% recommendation, but it is only that - a recommendation.

    The men of the church might not give a 100% recommendation, either. But ANY negative is seriously considered.

    The vote of the elders is 100% to ordain or to put it off until deficiencies are remedied.
     

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