Why do churches ordain pastors?

Tim Ponzani

COO, Converge & Regional President, Converge Northeast

  • Church strengthening

Why do churches ordain pastors? 

This past weekend, I had the joy of participating in the ordination service of one of our Converge pastors. I will then participate in another ordination service on June 23. In my time of service with Converge Northeast, I have participated in several Ordination Councils and Services. So, I again ask the question, why do churches ordain pastors?  

The ordination of clergy celebrates the call that an individual is set apart for the work of ministry. Further it is a recognition that the individual has prepared themselves through training in theology and leadership skills. 

In a network of churches like Converge, because of local church autonomy, the authority to ordain rests with the leadership and congregation of the local church. The Converge Northeast team assists the local church by providing a framework and process for ordination.  

Towards the end of the service last Saturday, the Elders of the church, the participating pastors from the ordination council, and I gathered around the candidate. In that moment we laid hands on the pastor and his wife in consecration. This was the pinnacle moment of the service and culmination of a month's long process and life-long preparation of the pastor. It was a privilege to be part! 

The ordination process is one of many ways we partner with the local church to strengthen its leadership and pastors. 

Thank you for the joy of serving you.  

Tim Ponzani, COO, Converge & Regional President, Converge Northeast

Tim serves as the Regional President and Executive Minister of Converge Northeast. Tim also serves as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff for Converge. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he earned a M.Div. and D.Min in Redemptive Leadership and Organizational Development. Tim and his wife Sharon have been married for over 30 years, are the proud parents of two adult children.

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