Executive Minister’s Musings on Ordination of Women
Apparently there is somewhat of a debate happening around the topic of the Ordination of Women in the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches. I find it rather curious that some people want to reopen this discussion. For many years the Convention has been recognizing the giftedness and calling of both men and women for full time ministry in the church. When this practice was challenged on the Convention floor in 1986 it was once again put to a vote with a wide majority affirming the right of local churches to identify, affirm and call a woman to serve as Pastor. For decades now local churches and associations have been walking with gifted and called Christian women as they discern the call of God for vocational ministry. Many of these women have studied at our own seminary, Acadia Divinity College where they have excelled in both academics and ministry assignments. I am proud to say that today in the Convention family we have many women serving as Senior Pastors, Associate Pastors, Youth Pastors, Children’s Pastors and as Chaplains in Prison Ministry, the Military and in hospitals and other facilities.
The Convention family has continually affirmed the incredible value of these dedicated servants of Christ. Our own Regulations Concerning the Ministry states “Both male and female Candidates shall be examined for ordination” (page 10). Every year women are graduating from Acadia Divinity College and every year women appear at Examining Council recommended by the local Baptist Church in which they have been called to serve as pastor. It is also true that every year the Examining Council affirms and recommends women to be ordained at the hands of the local church which has recognized the gifts, the call and, the competence of these servants of Christ. I am confident in saying that this recognition of the call of God based on giftedness rather than gender is founded on a solid hermeneutic recognized by many Christians around the world. While not everyone will agree with us we acknowledge our Baptist polity and heritage and the Executive Minister can only speak with confidence on our behalf to those issues already decided by our delegates at the Annual Assembly of its members. The practice of finding the mind of Christ collectively and respecting the decision of local churches, Associations of churches and of the voting delegates at the annual assembly is at the heart of what it means to be Baptist.
Rev. Dr. Peter Reid
Senior Staff Restructuring
Below is the information on the Restructuring of Senior Staff document along with other corresponding documents (approved at Oasis 2011):
- New Regions and New Nominating Committee Process 194.17 KB
- Ministry Placement Procedures Proposed 190.81 KB
- Proposed CABC Organizational Chart 631.77 KB
- Proposed Restructuring of Senior Staff 683.72 KB
- Senior Staff Restructuring FAQ for Oasis 2011 224.64 KB
- CABC Timeline for Senior Staff Review 80.83 KB
Here you will find resources for those who are accredited ministers or those who feel led by God to prepare for vocational ministry. This may also help those who are leaders in churches better understand how someone prepares to become, and maintains one’s standing as, a pastor in our Convention.
- Procedures for Ordination
- Regulations Concerning the Ministry(entire document):
- Protocol for Cases of Alleged Misconduct(not part of the Regulations but govern the Board’s activities)
If your church feels led to sponsor a refugee our Convention may be able to assist with this since our Convention is a Government-recognized Sponsorship Agreement Holder. Churches interested in sponsoring refugees should contact our office for more information.