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Ordained and Other Ministries: Making a Difference

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Differentiating among ministries today has become a complex task. For some the task is confusing because ministry appears to apply univocally across the traditional divide of ‘ordained’ and ‘lay’. For an increasing number of others this divide is historically conditioned and warrants closing upon the realization that ministry is churchwide and derives from baptismal gifts. Both positions appear problematical, however, once discussion moves from contemporary vernaculars to the ministerial term for ministry in the New Testament. The modern re-interpretation of diakonia points to a distinctive pastoral role among the charismata that does not arise from baptism but from the church’s designation. The mode of designation is of less import than the nature of the ministry assigned.


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