Induction, Induction, Induction – What’s an Induction Service All about?

Yesterday morning at Thornloe Crossroads Baptist Church I shared in an INDUCTION service for their newly called pastor, Dan Sedore.   In preparation I used a dictionary (online edition) to remind myself of the precise meaning of the word.

in·duc·tion  [in-duhk-shuhn] –noun.

1. the act of inducing, bringing about, or causing: induction of the hypnotic state.   I didn’t think this definition was the one  I would use.   Some pastors may be hypnotic, but seriously is that what we want them to bring about through their ministry????

2. the act of inducting; introduction; initiation.   I didn’t like this definition either as I remembered some of the wacky initiation rites I yielded to in Grade 9 in the Ontario secondary school system.  

3. formal installation in an office, benefice, or the like.  I concluded this was the precise definition I was looking for as I prepared to join in this celebration.

Really, yesterday’s service was a FORMAL INSTALLATION of DAN SEDORE in the office of ELDER, through a process of introduction supported by observations, and the bringing forward of evidence.

[from the North West Baptist Association – Planning Your Induction Service]  I was encouraged to read

“There are no hard and fast rules about induction services.   This is liberating!   After all we don’t want some denomination making some rigid guidelines – we are autonomous aren’t we????

The service is intended to mark and celebrate the commencement of a new ministry.  It should be a joyful occasion that recognises –

 Ministry is a calling.  In our church we believe that God calls individuals to ministry, and that the mind of Christ is revealed through His people—the Body of Christ.

Ministry is a commitment.   There would normally be an opportunity for the minister and church to re-affirm their commitment to Christ and His Gospel.

Ministry is a partnership.   The local church does not fulfill its ministry in isolation, in particular there will be relationships with other churches, community partners and the wider family of God.   Amen!   We are only part of the kingdom and need to link arms with those who share our conviction that salvation is found in Christ alone through grace alone for the glory of God alone!

I cited the Christianity Today  – March 2011 edition in it’s article on John Stott – “The Man Who Wouldn’t Be Bishop”

“….one pair of things—struck me repeatedly:   Stott’s discernment and discipline.   “…..his influence was possible because he prayerfully discerned what God wanted him to do (and not to do), and then he focused on those things (and disciplined himself not to do many other good things).”

"Induction Service - June 5, 2011"Isn’t this a godly pastor’s challenge – to prayerfully discern what God wants him to do…. and then to focus on those things?    Pray for Dan Sedore who joins Harvey Drake in serving Christ by giving oversight to a local flock of God’s people.    May God grant them unity, wisdom, discernment and discipline.    May Thornloe Crossroads Baptist Church be able with one voice to declare “The LORD has done great things for us and we are filled with joy!”