Acts The Church and Ministerial Training

Kaitiaki's picture

Basically this is just a "what do we learn about the Church from Acts?" thread. As we watch Paul and Barnabas and then Paul and Silas building the Church in Acts, what can we learn about their concept of the Church as a whole? Robert suggested my original plan was too cumbersome so asked me to create new threads.

Thread Moderator: Kaitiaki

There are two aspects to this thread: the training of the local congregation (for the work of ministry - as in Ephesians) and the theological training of ministers (or pastors).

Acts shows us local congregations that trained young men (and women) for every appropriate aspect of Church work. That included the work of ministry and missions. Discuss this statement. Do you think it is valid? What implications (if any) are there for the present system in almost every denomination of sending young men to a seminary to be trained? How does your Church seek to apply those implications in the way they train ministers and missionaries?

CLARK E. WADE's picture


It's great that you mention "Corinthian Elders." Awhile back, I received a note from Jack asking if I would like to receive a copy. I loved the book and wrote a review of it on I, along with you, also highly recommend reading it. If you go through and read all of the reviews at Amazon, you'll also find that the endorsements are pretty unanimous regarding the scholarship that went into its writing. It's quite an eye-opener. I sent Jack an email saying I loved the book but had one disappointment in it, that he didn't sign it. A few weeks later I received a package in the mail with another copy of "Corinthian Elders" with a nice note inside with his signature. I was delighted. Made my day!