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Friday, 15 March 2013 10:04
Delroy Simpson acknowledges those gathered for his ordination. (Photo courtesy of Plain Congregational Church)
Plain Congregational Church of Bowling Green, has announced the ordination of Delroy Anthony Simpson as a minister of Christ.
On Saturday the church gathered a Vicinage Council (vicinage means in the vicinity) with pastors and church leaders who live in the vicinity to seek their advice and counsel in regard to Simpson's ordination. The council included five pastors, one church elder, one deacon, and one ambassador of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches.
Host pastor, Steve Baney, of Plain Congregational Church, was elected moderator. Pastor Dan Vellinga of Wayne, Mich. and the previous pastor of Plain, was elected clerk.
Vellinga presented the candidate's credentials. The council asked questions of Simpson as they evaluated and sought to understand his spiritual motivation and personal dedication by asking a series of questions.
After the candidate was excused from the room, they deliberated a short time before unanimously endorsing his ordination.
Following lunch, the ordination ceremony began. Vellinga called those gathered to worship. Pastor Pat Hunt of Heritage Congregational Church in Berea, introduced Simpson to the congregation. Pastor Dave Claasen of Mayfair-Plymouth Church, Toledo, led prayer, followed by Baney leading a responsive examination where council members, church members, and Simpson were asked to respond to a series of questions.   
All members of the council surrounded Simpson, while Pastor Rob Joy of Columbiana,  prayed and Vellinga laid his hands upon Simpson's head, a biblical sign of dedication and consecration to the Lord.  
The ordination ceremony culminated with a series of charges given from the council members to the newly ordained. Many of those challenges apply equally to all followers.
The charges included in part from:
Hunt: "I charge you: Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed. Keep your personal character blameless. Be a servant, not a master. ... Take your disappointments to the Lord, not to the congregation or to your family."
Deacon Jim Miles: "I charge you: Make time for your wife and children. Be their pastor, husband, and father. They need you. And you need them. There are times when the most sacred work you can do is rest."
Claasen: "I charge you: Nourish your own soul with the Word of God. Then you will find the resources to share with those who seek your help. You will face the tension in balancing service and self-care."
Joy: "I charge you: Preach the truth. ... Your only right to stand in the pulpit comes from sharing the Word of the Lord, not your own wisdom. Preach clearly so that people can understand. Preach in love so that they will follow."
Baney: "I charge you: Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded. Never forget the mission of Christ: to seek and save the lost, to give his life as a ransom for many. Remember that just as the Father sent the Son, so he sends us."
Elder Bob Kidd: "I charge you: Make your life's goal be to honor Jesus Christ, so that in the end you may hear him say, 'Well done my good and faithful servant!'"
Simpson, a member of the church in good standing, has earned a master's degree in theological studies from Columbia International University Seminary and School of Ministry. He was previously ordained in Jamaica in 2002, and requested ordination at his home church.
Simpson currently lives Columbia, North Carolina, and is interviewing with a number of churches in pursuit of his next ministry opportunity.

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