• Welcome to Christian Forums
  1. Welcome to Christian Forums, a friendly forum to discuss Christianity in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to be able to join in fellowship with Christians all over the world.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon and God Bless!

Ordination vs Installation

Discussion in 'Confessional, Covenantal, Creedal - Presbyterian' started by LiturgyInDMinor, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. LiturgyInDMinor

    LiturgyInDMinor Celtic Rite Old Catholic Church

    +389
    Utrecht
    Married
    US-Republican
    We recently added a new group of deacons to the church and I noticed some were listed as being ordained, and some installed.
    What's the difference?
     
  2. Calvinist Dark Lord

    Calvinist Dark Lord Regular Member

    +454
    Presbyterian
    Married
    US-Libertarian
    The ordained deacons are those who have not been deacons before. All are ordained to the office. Those who have served previously have no need of ordination. They retain their office (except for disciplinary matters), even though they don't have an 'active' service class.

    It is the same situation as Ruling elders.
     
  3. LiturgyInDMinor

    LiturgyInDMinor Celtic Rite Old Catholic Church

    +389
    Utrecht
    Married
    US-Republican
    Ok thanks. :)
     
  4. Cjwinnit

    Cjwinnit Advocatus Diaboli (Retired)

    +119
    Anglican
    (I should point out i'm not a Presbyterian)

    My thought would have been that an ordination (say, as a deacon) is universal to the entire church, but that an installation is being put into an office in a local church.
     
  5. kenrapoza

    kenrapoza I Like Ice Cream

    +125
    Presbyterian
    Married
    That's one way of putting it.
     
  6. Evenstar253

    Evenstar253 somewhere else

    450
    +43
    United Ch. of Christ
    Married
    US-Democrat
    I've never really thought about the difference, but it makes sense. I know pastors only have to be ordained once and then installed in a particular congregation. Would the same hold true for elders and deacons? In other words, if they held office at one church and then were elected to the office at a different church, would they have to be ordained again or just installed? (While most of you guys aren't PCUSA, I think the structure of church government is pretty similar to PCA, EPC, etc.)
     
  7. kenrapoza

    kenrapoza I Like Ice Cream

    +125
    Presbyterian
    Married
    It's similar in the PCA. Our candidates for Elders are presented to the congregation by the Session (after rigorous training and testing). The congregation then votes and elects them. After that they are ordained and installed to serve that congregation. When they move on, I believe that they retain their ordination credentials, they just may need to be installed in a different congregation.
     
  8. Evenstar253

    Evenstar253 somewhere else

    450
    +43
    United Ch. of Christ
    Married
    US-Democrat
    Thanks Ken, that sounds right.
     
  9. hedrick

    hedrick Senior Veteran Supporter

    +1,790
    Presbyterian
    Single
    (this is for the PCUSA) Note that when a person moves to another congregation, the letter of transfer states any offices to which they are ordained. Each Church maintains a registry of ordained deacons and elders. People are added to that registry when they join if the other church did their job by including the information on the letter of transfer. (Unfortunately, not all do.)

    I'm Clerk of Session, so I get to worry about these details.