Book: Beliefs and Doctrines of the New Testament Church

The laying on of hands is a special act performed by ordained elders (with the exception of baptism which can be performed by senior men who have been designated by elders to baptize) in the churches of God while asking God the Father in prayer to confer a spiritual gift or blessing upon someone. The laying on of hands is required for the receiving of God’s Holy Spirit following water baptism, for anointing the sick with oil for healing, for ordination of those selected for spiritual or physical service to the church, for blessing little children, for a special blessing during a marriage ceremony, and for other special blessings.

Scriptural References

Acts 8:15-17 Acts 19:5-6 Jas. 5:14-15
Mat. 19:13-15 Mark 16:17-18 Acts 6:6; 13:3