Induction Questions & Charge — Lusaka Presbytery, Zambia

From a service for the induction of a Minister into a new congregation in the United Church of Zambia, Lusaka Presbytery.

 

Questions asked of the Minister being inducted:

Do you believe in your heart that you are truly called by God to the pastoral charge of this Congregation / these Congregations?

I do so believe.

Do you promise to execute your charge with all fidelity, to preach the word of God, to administer the Sacraments, to fulfil the pastoral office, and to live a godly life, adorning the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things?

By the help of God, I do so promise.

Exhortation & Charge (slightly altered for inclusivity)

May God, who has called you to this holy calling, illuminate, strengthen and so direct you in your ministry, that you may walk in an orderly, faithful and fruitful manner praising God and furthering and increasing God’s realm.

Preach the word, be constant in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke and exhort with patience and doctrine. Watch in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, and make full proof of your ministry.

Questions to the Congregation

And we who are members of the Church in this place will also stand to share this act of induction with you and show our fellowship with you in Jesus Christ.

Do you, the members of this Church, worshipping at ______________ Congregation under her/his care, acknowledge and receive Reverend __________ as Minister of this Congregation, embracing the word of God which s/he is to deliver, and accepting her/him as one who is to watch over your souls and give account to God?

And do you promise to encourage her/him and share in her/his labours, to maintain and strengthen her/him in her/his ministry, and give her/him all due honour, loyalty and support?

With God’s help, we will.

Inductee’s Reply

I thank you for your welcome. I will work with you and pray for you.

Prayer by Bishop or Elected Minister

Almighty God, who has called your servants to make their vows together before you, enable them to keep the same, that they may remain steadfast in faith, and continue in every good work. Empower your servant, Reverend _____________ , to be faithful to her/his promises made this day through Christ Jesus our [Saviour]. Amen.