Ordination and the missionary....

Discussion in 'Evangelism, Missions and the Persecuted Church' started by Sonny, Feb 1, 2011.

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  1. Sonny

    Sonny Puritan Board Sophomore

    It is clear (to me) that scripture requires the ordination of men to preach the word. Jesus gave Peter ordination, and the Apostles to over see the preaching of the word. From there The Apostles took charge of ordaining proper men for the preaching of the word.
    Paul sent out Timothy etc.

    So the question is;
    Should a missionary be ordained before entering the mission field.

    Mission to the World, does not require it (MTW is PCA mission organization)
    NAMB (North American Mission Board) does not require it

    So two major missionary organizations do not require it. However if preaching of the word is something that a man should be ordained to do, why is a missionary not ordained?

    Question B.
    If the conclusion is a missionary by scripture should be ordained; than should woman be missionary's.

    I do not have a problem with women missionary's but I do feel certain roles needs to be done by man.

    Looking forward to the conversation.
  2. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    All missionaries do not serve in roles of ecclesiastical authority.

    Even on church-planting teams, only one or two need to be elder-qualified men. While there is a great pressing need for more elder-qualified ordained men on the field, elder-qualified ordained men are not the only ones rightfully called missionary.

    Most missionary teams are comprised of both men and women focusing on a variety of roles, from preaching to teaching women and children, to bible translation, literacy, medical care and education. All of these roles support the goal of discipling the nations.

    The OPC is certainly not a loosey-goosey denomination in regards to ecclesiology and they have this to say: Q and A

    So, NO, all missionaries need not be ordained elder-qualified men. We do need more of those types though. And YES, women make great missionaries and have, since Carey's day, comprised an average of 63-64% of the missionary work-force.
  3. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    The question is based upon a faulty premise. Not all missionaries are called to preach the word.
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