Posted: December 16, 2009 in General Updates

While we were in Fort Worth for graduation our (Kendall and I) home church (The Cross Baptist Church) wanted to take part in ordaining me to the ministry as a way of sending us out to go work at South Bay Church. Ordination in a Baptist church is simply setting a man apart for the work of the ministry. When a church ordains a man they are in essence saying, “We recognize this man’s call to ministry and he has demonstrated the character of a minister as found in the Scriptures.” The qualifications of a minister can be found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

In 1 Timothy 5:22, Paul tells Timothy not to be hasty in laying hands on someone. This is the act of ordaining or setting them apart for ministry. What you find is that a church sets apart a man for the ministry and they place their hands on him and pray over him that God will keep him from sin and use him to declare the Good News of Jesus Christ. But, Paul says not to do this too hastily because you do not want to appoint someone who is not mature in their faith, has an improper understanding of the Scriptures, or someone who is not living a life above reproach (with integrity) for Jesus.
Therefore, the ordination process begins by doing life together. Kendall and I were members of The Cross Baptist Church for over a year and a half. We did ministry with the people there and we did life together. They knew both Kendall and I and they were able to see the evidence of God’s call on my life, as well as they were able to see my character demonstrated over this period of time. Many of the people at The Cross I have actually known for several years through our relationship at the Seminary.
Before the ordination there is also an ordination council that a man meets with. This council is made up of other ordained men from the church. I met with the ordination council from our church prior to my ordination so that they could ask me questions about my personal walk with Jesus, my theology, etc. This is one more step to insure that a church is not appointing / ordaining someone too hastily.
The final step in the ordination process is going before the church body. I shared my testimony and call to ministry with our church and they were given the opportunity to ask questions of me. Following that time the church then laid hands on me and prayed over me.
I am now Rev. David Hibiske, but more than a title I have been charged by my church and my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to take the Good News of Jesus to a lost and dying world. I have been charged to not stain or bring reproach upon the name of Jesus by my actions and words. It is not about a title. It is all about bringing glory to God by loving him and pointing others to Jesus so that they may have a relationship with the very God that created them, but this is also the charge that is given to all of us as believers. This is not a spectator sport! We are all called to be participants in the work of the Lord. That is not full-time vocational ministry for every person, and we may not all do the same things because God has given us all different gifts but we should all be actively living to love God and point others to him.

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