ELDER’S TRAINING SEMINAR. Based on the Elder’s Handbook. Ministerial Association of the General Conference www.ministerialassociation.com. The Elder and Special Service. Chapter 8 – Part 2. House Dedication. Purpose
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Based on the Elder’s Handbook
Ministerial Association of the General Conference
Chapter 8 – Part 2
No license or ordination is required for house blessing services.
An elder may perform the service, but should do so with the knowledge and cooperation of the pastor.
Order of service (See Elder’s Handbook)
Be sensitive to their grief traditions.
Move away from traditional customs that go contrary to Christian principles.
Biblical understandings on death, especially those customs that infer the immortality of the soul or the honoring of the spirits.
Visit the family
Offer church support
It is a special service which only elders, assisted by conference/mission leaders can perform, pastors cannot.
Difficulties of transition
Smoothing the transition
Pastoral installation service
Preparing for the service
Order of service
The family tie is the closest, the most tender and sacred of any on earth.
A church wedding involves:
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers–not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”
(I Peter 5:1-4)