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Ordination (Art. 39–50)

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The structure and contents of the ministry section of the Lima text placed ordination in the spotlight. The history of the Faith and Order texts also reveals the lasting importance of ordination. Since Lausanne, ordination has played an important role in ecumenical theological discussions about ministry, as can be seen from the section about "The ministry of the church." In ordination the church expresses its connection to the historical Jesus and his revelation. The ordained person, invested with authority that comes from God to exercise such authority in the community, is sign and instrument of Christ in the community. In the Accra text, ordination takes center stage to a greater degree than ever before.

Keywords: Accra text; Lima text; ordained ministry; ordination

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