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?

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Kaitiaki's picture

Clergy/laity "Priesthood?"

Excuse me, I am not certain what your writer has in mind applies to the Churches which grew out of the Reformation. For example there is no clergy/laity priesthood distinction in mainline protestant churches. The role of a pastor is not that of a priest - he is not a mediator in that sense at all.

His role is (as i understand the Reformation) that of a teacher. Where he leads in prayer it is because as the congregation's appointed teaching elder he has been given that responsibility. I am aware of many churches which follow the teaching elder/ruling elder and laity distinction where it is one of the ruling elders who leads in prayer - another may lead the singing and yet another may supervise the collection of tithes and offerings. When it comes time to celebrate the Lord's Supper the ruling elders take responsibility to oversee that part of the service - though they may have appointed the teaching elder to lead it.

In every case the role of the elder is seen as those appointed (ordained) to lead the congregation - unless of course Paul's ordaining elders as he tavelled back through the newly planted churches was an aberration ...

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Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognise other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith

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Christ died for one Church:
Our failure to recognize other Christians
changes neither their place in the Kingdom of Heaven
nor our responsibility to encourage them in the faith




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