Taking a step of obedience

According to Bev Peters, ordination is an act of obedience. That was her primary motivation as she accepted an invitation from Northview Community Church elders to be ordained Apri l 19. Her ordination was an opportunity to publicly declare that God had called her to be a pastor for life. She had to obey.

Peters has served in the Abbotsford, B.C. church for some 20 years – 13 as a volunteer and seven on staff. Her primary area of responsibility is women’s ministry. She leads a team of 12 women and offers a variety of programs in the church, including Mentoring of Mothers Society, Women of Worship, and Oasis.

Peters’ strengths include teaching, networking, and leadership. She enjoys writing and posts a weekly devotional on a website run by the Christian Women’s Network (www.christianwomensnetwork.ca), a group she co-founded several years ago to unify women throughout Abbotsford.

Peters believes ordination carries a certain level of authority and favour for ministry, which she feels is necessary as she serves on the executive of the Abbotsford Christian Leader’s Network . “It’s not like I need to be ordained to do my job,” said Peters. “But other churches feel ordination is very important, so it will help me broaden my ministry.”

“And because it’s a very male world I work in, ordination will help me live in that world,” she said.

The ceremony may also pave a way that’s been quite rocky in the past. Peters encountered some controversy at Northview when she announced her intention to be ordained – not only because she was a woman but because ordination itself was debatable.

“It made us talk about the issue,” said Peters. “It’s been a good journey for our whole church.” 

—Laura Kalmar

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