How to Word a Pastor Ordination Certificate

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How to Word a Pastor Ordination Certificate
A certificate of ordination verifies the credentials of a minister. (woman with a cetificate image by Peter Baxter from

An certificate is presented to a new pastor following the ordination ceremony. It should be suitable for framing, and may even be presented in the frame. The wording on the ordination certificate will vary, depending on the organisation issuing the certificate and the criteria required to earn it.

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  1. 1

    Include the name of the ordaining organisation, which is often the first thing you see on the certificate. The organisation logo and other branding items may appear on the certificate as well.

  2. 2

    Define the purpose of the certificate clearly. In this case, the certificate would read "Certificate of Ordination" or something similarly worded.

  3. 3

    Include the name of the new pastor and the title being conferred. For example, "John Smith has satisfied all requirements for ordination as a Minister of the Gospel."

  4. 4

    List the rights and privileges conferred by ordination. These may include right to perform weddings, conduct funerals or preach. Any restrictions should also be included.

  5. 5

    Define what requirements have been fulfilled for ordination. For example: "Having been called by the Spirit of God and found to be of moral character, soundness of Christian doctrine and possessing leadership qualification necessary to work in the Ministry, John Smith..."

  6. 6

    Record the date and location of the ordination. The official, legal representatives of the organisation should sign the document, and their names and titles should also be included.

  7. 7

    Affix an embossed seal or other official representation of the certifying organisation.

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