Traditional in northern type Baptists is to have a man with college/seminary and 2-3 years experience in Ministry seek ordination from his church. The local church votes to call a council - this is comprised of 20-30 area pastors, profs, and laymen who grill you for 4-5 hours to be sure of your salvation, call, doctrinal fidelity and Baptist polity. Then they (hopefully) recommend the church to follow thru with ordination. At a service (often the same night after a fried chicken dinner) you kneel and have the ordained men "lay hands" on you and pray over you but you are legally ordained by the local church. Okay? That is exactly what happened to me March 3, 1973. But I've talked with others who had a vastly different experience. Some were ordained by being handed a parchment with their college degree. No actual ordination. Some were ordained by a few deacons or such in a local church asking some questions and then the church ordained them. Some have lots of education, some woefully little. All have to show Christian character and commitment. You now know mine. How was it in your case?