In the Baptist Union of Victoria, ordination celebrates the recognition that a pastoral leader is called by God, gifted and prepared to be recognised as a spiritual leader in church and society.

Such a calling is seen as a sacred trust, privilege and responsibility, and much prayer, discernment and effort is expended to ensure that the church leader, their local church community and the wider body of the Baptist Union of Victoria are all involved in discerning the person’s call, character and capacity during formation and in readiness for ordination.

There are three phases of learning and formation for candidates and ordained leaders:

  1. Completion of a degree in Ministry or Theology (Whitley College is a key and respected partner with the BUV) in this process of training.
  2. Undertaking and completing the Formation Process which focuses on Spirituality, Practical Theology, Leadership and Mission.
  3. Continuing Accreditation.


An Ordination Enquirers Evening is held each year for anyone wishing to explore their call to Ordained Baptist Ministry. It is an opportunity for you to attend with your spouse/partner and Senior Pastor (or equivalent) to learn and discuss this potential pathway in ministry. The evening offers a greater understanding of the Ordination process as well as the pre-requisites required. Members of the Ordination Pathways Group (OPG), the Ordination Discernment Group (ODG), BUV Leadership and Faculty members from Whitley College will be available to answer any questions.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the upcoming Ordination Enquirers Evening has been cancelled. Once government regulations allow for meeting in groups, a new date for this event will be published.

If you wish to begin the process of discernment for Ordination, please download and complete the 2021 Expression of Interest Form and email to ordination@buv.com.au before 31 August 2020.

2021 Expression of Interest Form

For more information regarding the BUV’s Ordination process, please click on link below.

Are you thinking about Ordination?

Should you have any questions or would like to arrange a meeting with Rev. Debbie Campbell, Head of Ordination, please email debbie.campbell@buv.com.au


On completion of an ordination candidate’s training and formation, the Baptist Union of Victoria, on behalf of the Union of churches, conducts a service of ordination. This service celebrates, with ordination candidates, the completion of their formal training and formation for accreditation and ordination with the BUV. Most importantly, ordinands are set apart and ordained to the ministry of pastoral leadership. Members of each ordinand’s family and church, and representatives from the BUV, Whitley College and invited guests, gather to mark this significant occasion.

Our candidates for Ordination 2020 are:

  • Robyn Song – Bentleigh & Korean Baptist Church
  • Kathryn Jensen – Mill Park Baptist Church
  • Christine Wanstall – BUV Health & Capacity Building Team (and Encounter Baptist Church)

Click here to watch their videos.


2020 Ordination Vows