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Forms Of The Ordained Ministry (Art. 19–33)

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Chapter Summary

This chapter consists of four sections: the first one deals with the historic growth towards the three-fold bishop-presbyter-deacon combination (art. 19-25), and the second section asks the question of what the guiding principles are for exercising the ordained ministry in the church (art. 26-27). The third one discusses the specific functions of bishops, presbyters, and deacons (art. 28-31), and the fourth one places the church's ministry in the context of a variety of charisms (art. 32-33). The three-fold structure, bishop-presbyter-deacon, that forms the central part of this chapter of the Lima text can be traced back to a precursor from the early church.

Keywords: bishop; Lima text; ordained ministry; presbyter

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