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Pastor ready for the next step

Ordination: Scott Basolo of Santa Clarita Baptist Church officially becomes leader of congregation

Posted: November 19, 2010 10:01 p.m.
Updated: November 20, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Baptist Church Senior Pastor Scott Basolo, left, poses with Dr. John MacArthur, president of The Master’s College and Grace Community Church pastor, during Basolo’s ordination ceremony Sunday. Basolo has served as leader of the Canyon Country congregation for two years, and the ordination ceremony serves as an official acknowledgem...

Pastor Scott Basolo of Santa Clarita Baptist Church has a simple goal he tries to achieve through his ministry.

“My desire is to honor God’s word, serve him and help people do that too,” the leader of the Canyon Country congregation said.

And this week, Basolo took the final step toward formal recognition of being a pastor during his ordination ceremony Sunday.

Although Basolo has been leading the church for the last two years, this ceremony served as an official acknowledgement for the pastor.

Basolo was hired as the senior pastor of Santa Clarita Baptist Church when Pete Mothershead retired. Mothershead served as pastor for more than 25 years. Basolo assumed the position shortly after his graduation from the seminary in Sunland.

“I try to build on the 30-year foundation that Santa Clarita Baptist has by helping people grow in love and understanding of God’s word,” said Basolo of the two-year period prior to his ordination.

The ceremony
More than 75 percent of the congregation turned out for the ordination ceremony, along with pastors from other local churches and The Master’s College and the seminary, which came as a delight to Basolo.

During the Sunday ceremony, the attendees sang one of Basolo’s favorite hymns, “The Great Redeemer’s Praise,” and Basolo gave a testimony of his salvation and his calling.

Also in attendance was Dr. John MacArthur, Grace Community Church pastor and nationally renowned author and radio broadcaster, who delivered the ordination message.

“I am so thankful he would make time to come to the service, words cannot convey,” Basolo said. “He has blessed my life in so many ways.”

MacArthur is also the president of The Master’s College and Seminary and was influential to Basolo during his time as a student at seminary.

The review process
The ordination is a formal acknowledgment and recognition ceremony for a pastor, Basolo said. The process can be requested after a pastor has been with his congregation for at least a year. Although Basolo was officially licensed after graduating from seminary school in 2008, the ordination offers a formal pronouncement.

“I have been studying for this for weeks,” Basolo said.

The process consists of a formal council that examines the candidate regarding general knowledge of the Bible, theology and practical biblical counseling.  The review process, held last Saturday, took more than four and a half hours to complete and involved questioning from over 2,500 different Bible verses.

Questions were also geared towards his spiritual life to ensure he maintains purity in his own life, Basolo said.

After deliberation, the council makes the official recommendation for ordination and a ceremony follows.

Lasting memories
Basolo recalls the moment the council gave his recommendation as significant and touching. The recommendation was given by Dr. Robert Thomas, a professor at Master’s seminary and a renowned scholar.

“He is one of the foremost scholars alive today,” Basolo said. “I was floored. It was a vote of confidence to know that he gave the recommendation. I am so blessed by God.”

Another sentimental moment for Basolo was the commissioning prayer during Sunday’s ordination. During the prayer, senior pastors MacArthur, Terry Spear and others put their hands on Basolo and prayed for him.

“It was a pretty powerful moment — very special,” Basolo said.

Different calling
The church and Basolo have made adjustments over the last few years in order to aid the transition after Mothershead’s retirement. The growth process has been significant, said Basolo.

“The effects of God’s word to change people’s lives are powerful when they obey it,” Basolo said.

He attributes his growth to a deeper understanding of God’s word, and an effort to honor each of his called roles as pastor, husband and father.

“You don’t understand the work of the minister until you are one. It is an intensely different job,” Basolo said. “But as long as I am faithful to the Lord, he will help me do all I can."


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