What is Ordination?

Ordination is the solemn observance whereby representatives of the church corporate, together with the Elders representing the local congregation, set apart and charge those persons whom God has called already and equipped for ministry, through the laying on of hands and the offering of prayer for spiritual empowerment. 

The Ordination Journey is meant to be a transformative process that affirms your calling in ministry and vocational health. It consists of four customizable chapters designed to compliment your ministry role. Each chapter has a different focus, includes readings, assignments, cohort meetings, and mentorship:

  • Embracing Church
    What is your view of the local church? How does the local church bring unity and diversity to the Body of Christ? How do we create space for people to enter in and engage?

  • Engaging Culture
    What is your relationship with the broader culture? How do you communicate your redemptive relationship with Christ to the lost? How do you live as a sojourner in an alien land in a way that is redemptive and loving? Where are the growth edges that you need to embrace in regards to cultural engagement as a Christ follower?

  • Loving God
    How do you interact relationally with the Triune God? How do you communicate this relationship to other in the Body of Christ and with the lost? What Alliance distinctive set us apart, yet unify us from within? These are some of the questions we will grapple with as we pursue with tenacity our relationship with the Trinity, as we rest in our Sonship, and as we explore the theology that frames our worldview.

  • Nurturing Self
    What does healthy ministry look like? How did God uniquely create you and what role are you designed to play? What disciplines enrich your relationship with the Triune God? Work through questions & concepts like these during the Nurturing Self chapter.


The Ordination Journey

The ordination journey engages ordinands as they progress through four chapters: Embracing Church, Engaging culture, Loving God, and Nurturing Self. In each chapter the ordinand will participate in:

ENGAGING READING
Each ordinand will participate in reading a collection of engaging and rigorous books. Books will be discussed with mentors and in cohorts.

TIME COMMITMENT
It is anticipated that the journey to ordination will require approximately four hours per week. Local churches are highly encouraged to allocate time in the ordinands weekly schedule to participate in the ordination journey.

CUSTOMIZATION
Recognizing that each ordinand has different giftings and ministry context, the journey to ordination is very customizable. Ordinands can complete the four chapters in one to three years.

PREREQUISITES
To begin the journey to ordination, the following prerequisites must be met:

  1. Portable license with the C&MA in Canada

  2. Vocational Ministry Placement

  3. Theological Educational Requirements complete

  4. Grip-Birkman Assessment completed

  5. Alliance History & Thought course taken for credit

MENTORSHIP
Each ordinand will have a mentor on their journey to ordination who will speak into their ongoing development. They will meet monthly to foster a relationship that is supportive, intentional & healthy. 

COHORT
Ordinands will participate in an online cohort twice a month. Cohorts change as the chapters change.

PROJECTS
Projects are designed to help the ordinand grow in the areas of KNOWING, BEING, and DOING. They are designed to allow freedom and space for the ordinand to grow in the uniqueness of who God created them to be.

BIBLICAL NARRATIVE
Each ordinand will read through the entire Bible in a translation not previously read allowing God’s voice to be heard in fresh new ways.

ORDINATION JOURNAL
Each ordinand will have a journal to write and explore new ideas and thoughts, to wrestle with engaging paradigms, and to hear the voice of God at work.


Want to get started?

Click below or call 905-639-9615 and speak to the Associate Director of Leadership Development. 


 JOEL SYMONDS: TESTIMONIAL

JOEL SYMONDS: TESTIMONIAL

“The new ordination process provided me with a healthy space to wrestle with some of the challenges and tensions that I’ve felt in ministry, and within the church. This enabled me to move forward in clarity and confidence, with direction and vision. It helped me more clearly see who God has created me to be and the calling he has placed on my life. 

The book list was diverse, the assignments were engaging, my own creativity was encouraged, and I loved how the whole process was highly relational. Instead of being an isolating process, the structure of the ordination program actually helped me become better connected. Although it was an intense year, the journey was shared with others. The structure was set up to allow thoughts and ideas to be bounced off each other in safe and supportive relationships. Being paired up with a mentor who has been able to speak wisdom and encouragement into my life and ministry has been an answer to prayer. 

I believe this type of structure reinforces how we all, especially as church leaders, should be living, learning and leading.”