Shugurimi slideshowThe Alfa Omega Church in Ferizaj in a festive church service ordained elders of a church. Nazmi Berisha, Liridon Mehmeti Labinot Loku took the oath solemnly before the wider membership and numerous guests that they will lead the flock in the way of the head shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ.

The ordination ceremony is lead by pastors David Thomas and Jeffrey Barkhouse. Elders to-be-ordained are sworn to care for believers through a faithful imitation of Christ's example and by teaching them the Word of God. The church, which will be directed by these elders, unanimously stated that they will support their leaders.

Attending the service was also the KPEC President pastor Driton Krasniqi. Once welcomed the church in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and of the wider membership of KPEC, the president expressed gratitude for the work to date and urged young elders to build on these foundations. He also stressed that our action today is rooted in God's Word; it was defined by the Apostle Paul and has a tradition of over 2,000 years.

shugurimi 2Before lying on hands on the new church leaders, as required by God's Word the Bible, pastors David Thomas, Jeffrey Barkhouse and Femi Cakolli gave their testimonies before the church in support for candidates. Beforehand, Andrew Teeuwen who previously served in Kosova for a number of years preached the role of elders in the church. He challenged the young elders with Paul's words in 1 Peter 5:2 "Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve".

Nazmi, Labinot and Liridon bowed their knees and pastors present at the service prayed for them.

What is Christian Ordination?

The word "ordination" is derived from the Latin word "ōrdinātiō" which means: "appointment", "to order", "to arrange". In ecclesiological sense ordination often refers to the moment of setting apart of a human for God’s ministry.

When God calls and equips a man to His ministry, it becomes apparent both to that person as well as to the church. The would-be minister must meet the qualifications set out in 1 Timothy 3: 1-11 and Titus 1:5-9 and should have the burning desire to preach the Word of God (1 Corinthians 9:16). It is the duty of the church leaders to recognize and accept this call. After that – a public recognition of ordained ministry organized, although it is not absolutely necessary. The ordination service itself does not confer any special power but it gives public recognition to God's choice for leader.