I have my ordination hanging on the wall of my living room. While looking at the tonight I stated to wonder. If the paper got stolen or destroyed (ex lost in a fire) then what does that mean in terms of my being ordained? This paper is the proof of my ordination. Since the baptist church is not a conglomorate like the catholic or methodist church (that is a single entity where all ministers/priest ordinations are on file like job resumes) if my certificate "got gone" How could I prove I am ordained if it came into question (like the probate court wanting to know if I am truly qualified to perform weddings). the church I was ordained at is just a small country church and probably did not have that recorded in their minutes and I have no knowledge of the whereabouts of the members of my ordination council (some are deceased). what can a person do if their certificate gets gone?