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

Hey brother...I didn't write that...

I think you misunderstood Dan my inclusion of this.

I was pointing out the interesting article that was printed in a newspaper in Kenya by an op-ed writer for that paper, Isaac Mwangi. The newspaper is The Daily Nation. So the initials should be IM rather than CW as I didn't write this.

If you read to the bottom of the article, you will see Isaac's name, who is sub-editor for the East/African.

I just found it amazing that the same debate, argument, dialogue, or whatever we want to call it is not localized to the United States but is taking place so very far from here.

This just wasn't a "letter to the editor" but was an op-ed in that African newspaper that I rejoiced in.

I'm still hoolding out that olive branch to you brother.

I'm thinking that after I respond futher to Justin's input here that I'm just going to slowly back out of this discussion and leave the rest to the brothers here to compare the early church with our present day offerings. I think I have really said about enough.

Blessings to all,