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Office As An Instrument Of Unity

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It is more usual to use the more general term 'leadership' when thinking of the ministry of the church. Ministry is the term used in ecumenical documents. Office - it allows to think of ordained ministries in a more disciplined manner. The assemblies take on the character of office. This is not the elected leadership sharing its collective wisdom with the church. This is the presence of Christ who comes to the church and who brings the critical word to those who often enough arrogate illegitimate authority to themselves. Office represents the God who is present in Christ through the Holy Spirit. It is not clear how the three offices relate to one another in Reformed churches. There is also the problem of personal ministry of oversight. The unity is a task of the church, it is borne in the reality of the One whose love calls the church forward.

Keywords: Christ; church; ministry; Office; Unity

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