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

Thank you so much Justin

I so appreciate your encouragement on this post. Praise God! I posted that with a bit of trepidation thinking some might think less of me if they knew that this has been a struggle in my own life. But then I thought if that was the case, so what! Posting that deepened my convictions of the perniciousness of this activity and that true holiness and purity is available to us as we bring it into the glorious light of Christ, and keep it there.

Thanks again Justin.

Your post here was a blessing to me.

And thanks for another "plug" for the praying of scripture site. I saw more activity on that site today than I have seen in awehile. Pretty cool.