§ 165. The ministerial office being conferred through the call of the congregation, the ecclesiastical rite of ordination is but a public acknowledgment of that call and of its acceptance, and of the fitness of the person called for the proper performance of the duties of the office conferred upon him.
Acts 13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
Acts 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands unto them.
I Tim. 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: Keep thyself pure.
I Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
II Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.