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THEOLOGY & ORDINATION in
Philippine Context
SOM-TOPC Writing a Statement of
Faith
Ang Pagsusulat ng “Pahayag ng
Pananampal...
Purpose:
• The paper is given as a public declaration of what you
believe regarding the classical theological tenets of th...
Suggested Areas to be Covered
Your statement should treat major theological themes,
i.e. God, scripture, humanity, sin, Ch...
Suggested Areas to be Covered
Wherever relevant, your statement should reflect
your knowledge of the biblical expression o...
On the doctrine of God
• Without ignoring the traditional forms, you
should attempt to express this doctrine in
categories...
On the doctrine of humanity
• You should seek to incorporate in your statement
the following concepts:
– What is the bibli...
On the doctrine of the church
• Demonstrate the theological significance for
today of the biblical metaphors for the churc...
The Process
Before you begin to write each of the separate
doctrines, outline the areas you intend to include,
develop the...
Format
• The statement should be 14 pages in length, double-
spaced (3500 words) with a 2-page (500 word)
introduction.
• ...
Advice on Writing an Ordination Statement
• Reading several ordination statements is most
helpful & advisable. Plagiarism ...
Advice on Writing an Ordination Statement
• Develop a detailed outline that will lead to a
concise statement of what you b...
Advice on Writing an Ordination Statement
• Develop a theme, motif, or doctrinal emphasis to tie
your statement together. ...
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Ordination and Theology in Philippine Context Writing a Statement of Faith

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  2. 2. THEOLOGY & ORDINATION in Philippine Context SOM-TOPC Writing a Statement of Faith Ang Pagsusulat ng “Pahayag ng Pananampalataya”
  3. 3. Purpose: • The paper is given as a public declaration of what you believe regarding the classical theological tenets of the evangelical Christian faith. • It should, therefore, be your own work, in your own words, with quotations from theological sources at a minimum. • The paper should present positively what you basically believe, generally avoiding statements about what you do not believe. • In addition to presenting your theological understandings of the faith, the paper should demonstrate your ability to communicate in clear, concise thought patterns, words, & style. • To work through an integrating motif/theme that will give cohesiveness to the ordination statement.
  4. 4. Suggested Areas to be Covered Your statement should treat major theological themes, i.e. God, scripture, humanity, sin, Christology, salvation, the church, eschatology, the Holy Spirit, & the Filipino Christian life. You should develop each of these doctrines as they grow naturally out of your present theological understanding. However, you should bear in mind the traditional approaches &, while expressing them in the categories of your own experience, seek to establish continuity with the experience of your readers/hearers (a part of whom will be an ordaining council).
  5. 5. Suggested Areas to be Covered Wherever relevant, your statement should reflect your knowledge of the biblical expression of the particular doctrine, its historical development, & its contemporary synthesis. The examples provided below should give you an insight.
  6. 6. On the doctrine of God • Without ignoring the traditional forms, you should attempt to express this doctrine in categories that will be understandable to the listener in your congregation today. – How do you present the "form" of God to people today? – What is the meaning of concepts such as transcendence & immanence for today's understanding of the world in which we live? – Who is the God whom you communicate to modern humanity?
  7. 7. On the doctrine of humanity • You should seek to incorporate in your statement the following concepts: – What is the biblical understanding of humanity? – Who is man as a soteriological creature in the 20th century? – How does man stand today as the “imaged God” (image of God)? – What are the ethical dimensions of human-ness?
  8. 8. On the doctrine of the church • Demonstrate the theological significance for today of the biblical metaphors for the church (body of Christ, house of God, etc.). – How does the church relate to the Kingdom of God? – How is the church related to contemporary society? – What is the significance of the church for eschatology?
  9. 9. The Process Before you begin to write each of the separate doctrines, outline the areas you intend to include, develop the procedure for treating these areas, & then ask yourself the question: "Does this show my knowledge of the biblical & historical data & does it relate to the person of today?"
  10. 10. Format • The statement should be 14 pages in length, double- spaced (3500 words) with a 2-page (500 word) introduction. • Because the members of your congregation may have varying levels of English competence, the statement should be written in both English & your local dialect (Tagalog, Ibanag, Ilocano, etc.) • Pay attention to literary style, grammar, & spelling. • Use headings, subheadings, & page numbers for easy reference during the question period. • Use scripture. Not more than an average of 1 quoted reference should be used in support of any given point or statement. Additional references may be used, but only by giving location of chapter & verse.
  11. 11. Advice on Writing an Ordination Statement • Reading several ordination statements is most helpful & advisable. Plagiarism (stealing the writings of another) is strictly forbidden. Even if you think the other author writes better than you I WANT TO SEE YOUR OWN WORDS! Kahit mas magaling sila magsulat sa iyo, gusto kong makita ang inyong sariling mga salita! • Have an ordained pastor or two read your statement & provide some comment.
  12. 12. Advice on Writing an Ordination Statement • Develop a detailed outline that will lead to a concise statement of what you believe. Long, wordy statements that editorialise & invite excessive questioning are a detriment to the ordination process. • Set a goal of no more than one (1) page per statement or doctrine. This will force conciseness & clarity. It is better to invite questions on what may not be there, than to defend excessive, implicating statements.
  13. 13. Advice on Writing an Ordination Statement • Develop a theme, motif, or doctrinal emphasis to tie your statement together. At this point, devote one page to the motif & indicate how it is implicated in the majority of your doctrinal statements. Please work your theme into the entire document. • Each article of faith is a basic biblical proposition. The basic propositions or doctrines as you organise them & support them provide your peers & elders with a statement of your basic biblical worldview & how you support it with Scripture. Your biblical worldview tells others how you will defend the faith & handle controversial issues & current ministry concerns.

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