Appendix - Number Fourteen
Questions at ordination/induction of elders
Questions for the congregation, who are invited to stand :
(Normally assent is given by the congregation answering together: "We do".)
a) Do you, the members and adherents of this congregation, now confirm the election of these brethern (this brother) to the office of Ruling Elder in this congregaton?
b) And do you promise to render them (him) all due respect and encouragement in the discharge of their (his) duty?
Questions for the elder-elect :
(Assent is given by the answer: "I do" for all questions).
a) Do you believe the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice?
b) Do you own and accept the Westminster Confession of Faith, as amended by the General Assembly, read in the light of the Declaratory Statement contained in the Basis of Union adopted by this church on the 24th day of July, 1901, as an exhibition of the sense in which you understand the Holy Scriptures and as a confession of your faith; and do you engage firmly and constantly to adhere thereto, and to the utmost of your power to maintain and defend the same?
c) Do you own and accept the purity of worship as practised in this church?
d) Do you own the Presbyterian form of government to be founded on the Word of God and agreeable thereto; and do you promise that, through the grace of God, you will firmly and constantly adhere to, and to the utmost of your power, in your station, assert, maintain and defend the same?
e) Do you adhere to your acceptance of the call of this congregation to exercise among them the office of ruling elder?
f) Do you engage through divine grace to discharge with diligence and faithfulness the various duties of your office, watching over the flock, showing yourself a pattern of good works and giving a conscientious attendance on the meetings of Session, Presbytery and Assembly when duly called so to do?
g) All these things you profess and promise through grace, as you shall be answerable at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ?