Ordination and Licensing

General Guidelines for Ordination and License for Ministry
Provided by Calvin Brown

Every Southern Baptist church is autonomous and establishes its own policies. However, there are some traditional practices which seem to be followed by most of our churches. Each local church determines who they will ordain. Associations, state conventions, or the Southern Baptist Convention do not ordain.

General Guidelines for Ordination and License for Ministry (PDF)
A Sample Ordination Service (PDF)

Faith Based Emergency Plan

Cole County Sheriff, Greg White, who is also the Missouri homeland security representative has provided crisis planning materials that our churches can use as part of the Missouri Faith Based Homeland Security Initiative.

Faith Based Emergency Plan Template (PDF)
Faith Based Organization (PPT)
Ready In 3 Presentation (PPT)
The Faith Community Safety Team (PPT)

Lifeway Compensation Study

The 2018 Compensation Study was a joint project of state Baptist conventions, GuideStone Financial Resources, and LifeWay Christian Resources. The data collected helps churches and pastors understand and determine a fair compensation package. To explore the compensation study, click here.