In Baptist life, ordination to the gospel ministry is a church’s recognition of God’s calling and gifting. Baptist churches are widely diverse in the process of ordination, but most Baptist churches are unified in that the service of ordination provides a time of affirmation and blessing for the minister. Because careful planning and preparation can add depth and richness to that time of worship, Baptist Women in Ministry has gathered resources meant to assist in the planning of an ordination service. Below are orders of worship used by churches in their ordaining of Baptist women ministers. Also below are litanies, poems, blessings, responses, and charges, all used in previous ordination services. We hope these resources will be helpful to you.
More and more Baptist churches host Installation Services for new ministers. Baptist Women in Ministry has collected several orders of worship from recent installation services, and these are provided below.
Orders of Worship for Ordination Services
Litanies, Charges and Poems
Call to Worship
A Ordination Poem
Litany of Affirmation
Litany of Ordination
Litany for Service to God
Ordination Vows and Blessings
Response of the Congregation
Charge to the Church and the Candidate