What Does It Mean For A Minister To Be Ordained?

It is a common misconception that ordination means to be ordained as a minister of the gospel, but it does not. The word “ordain” comes from Latin and means “to set apart.” In other words, ordination sets you apart for some special purpose or work.

What Does It Mean For A Minister To Be Ordained

This is why we have ministers in our church who are teachers, pastors, deacons, elders, etc. They are all called by God to serve Him in different ways.

Ordination is an essential step in your spiritual development as it is classified as a process of elevation to the clergy. 

This post will explore what it means for a minister to be ordained and what the process involves. 

What Does It Mean To Be Ordained? 

The term “ordaining” refers to setting someone apart. The process of ordination involves three steps which are: Calling, Preparation, and Ordination.


This is when the person being ordained is called out by God to do something specific. Receiving a calling is characterized as having been set apart for a particular task. It is often done through a vision, dream, or prophecy.


After receiving a call, the person must prepare themselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. This preparation usually takes place when the individual is given instructions on how to fulfill his/her call.

The process of preparation involves learning about the ministry, preparing oneself for the responsibilities involved, and acquiring the necessary skills to carry out the tasks required.


At this point, the individual has completed their preparations and they are ready to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders. This sacrament is also known as the Sacrament of Ordination.

During this time, the individual receives instruction on how to perform certain duties associated with the ministry. These include the administration of baptism, confirmation, communion, marriage, burial, and so forth.

What Does It Mean For A Minister To Be Ordained (1)

As part of the ordination ceremony, the individual is consecrated (set apart) to the office he/she holds. The ordination service can vary depending on the denomination, but generally includes the following elements:

1. Confession of sin

2. Baptism

3. Affirmation of faith

4. Dedication to Christ

5. Consecration to the Ministry

6. Offering of gifts

7. Profession of obedience

8. Ordination vows

The Difference Between A Licensed Minister And An Ordained Minister 

Whilst both are ministers, there are differences between the two types of ministers.

Licensed Minister

A licensed minister has received authorization to preach and administer sacraments. Licensing is granted after completion of a course of study at a seminary or theological college.

The license allows them to teach and conduct services within the local church.

Ordained Minister

An ordained minister has been set apart by God to lead His people into holiness. He has received authorization from the Church to perform baptisms, marriages, confirmations, and other rites and ceremonies.

In some denominations, such as the Anglican Church, only those ordained may use the title “minister”. However, other denominations allow anyone to hold the title “ministers”.

In addition to the above, ordained ministers have authority over all baptized Christians. They are responsible for teaching and leading the congregation in worship and prayer.

They are expected to be faithful in the discharge of their ministerial duties as they are classified as a permanent member of the clergy. 

What Are The Requirements To Become An Ordained Minister? 

To become an ordained minister, you must meet several requirements. First, you must be a Christian. Second, you must be willing to serve others.

Third, you must be able to communicate well. Fourth, you must be committed to serving God and your fellow man. Finally, you must be prepared to accept full responsibility for your actions.

Degrees & Qualifications

Many degrees qualify someone to become a minister. Some of these include:

Bachelor’s Degree

In most cases, a bachelor’s degree is required before becoming a minister. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, then you will need to attend a seminary or theological school to obtain it.

Many seminaries offer online courses which make it possible for students to complete their studies without leaving home.

Master’s Degree

There are also master’s degrees available that prepare individuals for the work of a pastor. This type of degree requires more than just a bachelor’s degree. You must also have completed a graduate-level program in theology.

The Order Of Ministry

There are three degrees of ordination available to qualified ministers: deacon, priest, and bishop. These titles refer to the order in which the ordained person was called to ministry.


Deacons are ordained to assist pastors in certain functions. They often help with pastoral care, counseling, and administrative tasks. Deacons are usually assigned to a specific area of the church where they can best serve their community.


Priests are ordained to preside over churches and conduct special services. They are given the title “priest” because they are considered to be equal in rank to bishops (see below).

The responsibility of a priest includes conducting weddings, funerals, baptisms, and confirmation services. Priests are also responsible for preaching sermons and leading devotional services.


Bishops are ordained to oversee entire congregations. They are considered to be equals to archbishops (the head of the worldwide church) and cardinals (cardinal meaning senior cardinal).

The responsibility of a Bishop includes overseeing the spiritual life of his flock, preaching sermons, conducting weddings, funerals, and presiding at baptisms.

What Is The Importance Of Being Ordained? 

Being ordained gives you an important role in the life of the local church. As a minister, you are held accountable for your decisions and actions.

Your position provides you with the opportunity to teach and guide others. In return, you are expected to live by a set of standards that reflect the values of Christ.

Why Do We Need Ministers? 

Ministers play an essential part in the life of the Church. They are there to lead people in spiritual growth and development. Through them, we learn about our faith and how to apply its principles in our daily lives.

What Does The Bible Say About Being Ordained? 

The talks of ordained ministers saying things like this: ‘I am no longer my own; ‘I am bound to obey.’ These words imply that being ordained means that you are now under another authority.

But what does the Bible say about being ordained? Here are some verses from the Bible that talk about being ordained:

Corinthians 12:28-30 – “And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, administrations, kinds of tongues.”

This verse tells us that ordained ministers are placed at different levels within the body of Christ. Their purpose stands to encourage believers, strengthen them, and equip them for service.

Final Considerations 

In conclusion, being an ordained minister carries great responsibility. There is much to think about when considering if you should become one. However, once you decide to take on this challenge, you will find yourself in a wonderful place of serving others.

In this article, we have discussed the importance of becoming an ordained minister. If you feel led to do so, please consider taking the next step towards your calling.

Anneka Huddleston
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