It is clear from Paul's writings that he and the Apostolic Church
were aware that order in the Church was conferred by the
imposition of hands.
2 Timothy 1:6
For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift
of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
1 Timothy 4:14
Do not neglect the gift you have,
which was conferred on you
through the prophetic word
with the imposition of hands
of the presbyterate.