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Calvin's Understanding Of Ministry Within The Church

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In the context of this chapter, the author chooses to translate officium with task. John Calvin investigates what the functions and the tasks of teachers and ministers are. Calvin's strongly functional, task-orientated approach is also evidenced by the use of words in this chapter. The function of ministry is to rule, govern, give leadership, and this is not a matter of free human institution, but has to be carried out in accordance with the will of the Lord. Calvin carefully searches for the right words and images to capture the essence of ministry. Traditionally the ordination as formal confirmation of ministry in the church was very important. This also applies to Calvin.

Keywords: Church; John Calvin; ministry



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