Dover Baptist Association

Resourcing & equipping churches and their leaders.

Guidelines for Ordination


A. Upon request of a local church for the ordination of a candidate, the Minister-Church Relations Committee shall arrange a preliminary examination of said can didate w ith two m embers of his church present to

B. The preliminary examination shall begin with a review of the guidelines for ordination and the constitutional requirements.

C. The Minister-Church Relations Comm ittee shall make a written recommendation to the candidate’s church upon the completion of a favorable preliminary examination.

D. A church will vote to recommend the ordination process of the Association for the candidate.

E. A w ritten request from the church will be made to the Dover Association to proceed with the examination of the candidate.

F. The Minister-Church Relations Committee shall then organize an examining council (presbytery) of no less than five ordained ministers and five laypersons to proceed with an examination of the candidate.

G. After a favorable re port from the examining council (presbytery), the church will proceed with plans to ordain the candidate.

H. In order to protec t the integrity of the ord ination council (presbytery) so that it does not be come simply a rubber stamp, it is important that no plans for the ordination service be anno unced prior to the report of the council.


A. Written biographical sketch including:
1. Religious development, especially conversion and call to the ministry
2. Educational training and plans
3. Any criminal record
4. Family background
5. Experience (secular and sacred)
6. Other items of importance

B. Written theological credo (of not more than five pages) including sections concerning theology of:

1. Revelation
2. God
3. Person and work of Jesus Christ
4. The Church
5. Eschatology
6. Person and work of the Holy Spirit

C. Discussion of particular areas of interest and service (intentions for Christian service)

D. Discussion of potential for growth both by the candidate and those whom he/she will serve

E. Discussion of outlook on missions and Cooperative Program

F. Discussion of outlook on evangelism

G. Discussion of outlook on social ministries

H. Discussion of ways of dealing with conflict

I. Discussion of ministry placement

J. Discussion of church polity, m anagement, and leadership style

K. Cooperation with other Baptist and non-Baptist churches

L. Note requirements for candidate in associational constitution and by-laws

III. A record of the examining council procedure and a copy of the recommendation shall be sent to the Director of Missions and the moderator. Guidelines for Questions by Ordination Council (Presbytery)

1. Personal Background
a. Experience of conversion, Christian development, and call to ministry.
b. Training for ministry
c. Plans for future growth and training
d. Personal ministry goals

2. Theological Understanding
a. Nature of God
b. The revelation of God
c. Person and work of Jesus Christ
d. Person and w ork of the Holy Spirit
e. The Church

3. Christian Worship and Service
a. Ministry of local church
b. Worship
c. Evangelism

4. Missions and mission support
5. Social ministries
6. Church polity
7. Cooperation with other Baptist and non-Baptist bodies
8. Dealing with conflict

Note: Questions may be asked in any order appropriate to the particular needs of the presbytery and its chairman. It is not necessary to ask specific que stions on this full range of issues. Sufficient understanding about one topic will often be communicated in responses to questions about another topic. This list of issues is for the general guidance of the chairman and should not restrict the range of the presbytery’s interests and concerns.

Ordination Guidelines in PDF
Ordination Theology in PDF


Upcoming Events

Dover Council @ Dover & Zoom
Mar 9 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Congregational Leadership Workshops: Mission Dialog for Churches
Mar 11 @ 10:00 AM

Congregational Leadership Workshops
These workshops are designed to offer training and information for church ministry groups or committees.

March 11: Mission Dialog for Churches
Morning sessions: 10 a.m.-Noon
Evening sessions: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Congregational Leadership Workshops: Mission Dialog for Churches
Mar 11 @ 6:30 PM

Congregational Leadership Workshops
These workshops are designed to offer training and information for church ministry groups or committees.

March 11: Mission Dialog for Churches
Morning sessions: 10 a.m.-Noon
Evening sessions: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Pastor Health Network @ Dover & Zoom
Mar 16 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Sunday School Directors Network
Mar 29 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Executive Committee @ Hunton & Zoom
Apr 13 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

6.01 MEMBERSHIP. Members shall be three representatives elected from each member church, the officers of the Association, committee chairpersons, and council directors. Only members of the Executive Committee may vote.

6.02 PURPOSE. It shall conduct all business for the Association between regular meetings.


(a) Regular meetings shall be held the second Tuesday night of January, April, July and October for the purpose of transacting Association business between regular Association meetings[…]

Semi-annual Meeting @ Glen Allen BC & Zoom
Apr 25 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Week of Prayer for Watson Mission Offering
May 16 – May 23 all-day

Dover Baptists observe a Week of Prayer for Association Missions in May each year. We share specific prayer requests. We also use it to inform the churches about the role and work of the association. The Week of Prayer helps call attention to and connect Dover Baptists with a variety of local missions and ministries.

Dover Baptist Association provides resources, consulting services, leadership training, and many other services that help our churches. Dover congregations give a portion of their regular offerings to fund most of the Association’s ministries. This special offering supplements and helps support more ministries and mission efforts, not the Association’s budget.

Suggestions for Promoting the Week of Prayer for Association Missions:

  • Pray and ask others to pray for Association missions
  • Put Missions Week announcements in bulletins, newsletters, email, and on the church website
  • Display Missions Week posters in prominent places Have an association missions offering presentation or enlist a speaker to tell about Dover’s ministries
  • Distribute Prayer Guides and special offering envelopes provided for your church (available from the Association office)
  • Receive a special association missions offering
  • Recognize persons in your church who volunteer in the work of Dover and/or tell how Dover has helped your church

Job Openings

Weekly Prayer Focus:

At least one (1) Dover church is featured each week for prayer emphasis. We encourage you to lift each church up in prayer, including its leaders, ministries, members, and community.

The leaders of Tipi Wakan Ministries, our Dover Staff, and in Dover’s churches:

February 28: Deep Run Baptist Church
Rick Allison, Pastor
February 28: Dover Baptist Church
Todd Kube, Pastor
March 7: East Gate Baptist Church
Catherine Lee, Pastor
March 7: Elon Baptist Church
Randy Secrist Pastor