I was ordained as a ministry associate from 2006-2008. I served Covenant CRC, St. Catharines as a Ministry Director from September 4, 1999 to June 20, 2008. I sustained my classical examination at Classis Niagara in May 2006 and was official ordained in a Sunday morning worship service on June 25, 2006. June 20, 2008 was my last day serving in ministry at Covenant Church as I resigned from my ministry position there without yet knowing where He was calling me to serve Him next. It’s a curious thing to be a ministry associate in the CRC. On June 20, 2008 I was ordained, and on June 21, 2008 I wasn’t. The odd sensation is that I’m the same person from one day to the next--I have the same degree from Calvin Theological Seminary, the same 9 years ministry experience, the same knowledge that I had when I sustained the classical examination in Classis Niagara. Logically, I can understand the explanation that ordination as a ministry associate—the fourth ordained office of the CRCNA—is confirmed by a classis for a particular job description tied to a local church, ministry or congregation within the CRC. But emotional and psychologically, I tell you, it feels funny. I would even be so bold as to say that it feels wrong. It makes me wonder if the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church needs to revisit the mechanics of ordination for Ministry Associate, perhaps to make it more in line with ordination as Minister of the Word and Sacrament. At least, Ministers of the Word have a two year period before their ordination is revoked if they cease to serve in a vocation that is defined as ministry by the CRC.
My Ordination Story