Yesterday evening we celebrated the particularization service of Clearnote Church, Indianapolis. What's a particularization service?
It's the worship service in which an immature church formerly dependent upon other churches' elders for direction and shepherding ordains and installs her own elders, and becomes emancipated. It's the service in which a church planting mission stops being a mission and becomes a full church.
Last night we had the joy of sitting under the preaching of God's Word (Jude 1-3) by my brother, David, who drove down from Toledo with three men from Christ the Word's Reformed Evangelical Pastors College (Nathan Bayly, Jordan Daugherty, and Jonathan Rethorn. Then we witnessed the public vows, the laying on of hands, praying, ordaining, and installing three men who had been examined, approved, and confirmed by vote of the congregation for the office of ruling elder—Dan George, Abram Hess, and Daniel Meyer; along with one man who had been examined, approved, and confirmed by vote of the congregation for the office of deacon—Luis Carrillo. The picture is of the ordination of the elders.
Following the ordination and installation of the elders and deacon, Joseph Bayly and David Abu-Sara were...