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Ordained Persons and Their Ministries: New Testament Foundations and Variations

Gleeson, Brian (2006) Ordained Persons and Their Ministries: New Testament Foundations and Variations. Australian E-Journal of Theology. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1448-6326

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Abstract

The author looks to the New Testament for the roots of today’s church leadership by bishops, presbyters (priests), and deacons, and for inspiration for the appropriate exercise of those ministries. His investigation leads him to contrast the familiar and fixed patterns of ordained ministry today with the earliest adaptive patterns of authority and leadership. The data from the Church of the beginnings reveal that ordination and offices as entitlement and empowerment for ministry are unknown, and that a rich variety of ministries emerges and evolves in response to a variety of needs and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. His identification and classification of relevant data lead to ten conclusions for planning, organising and expressing forms of church leadership, both in the present and in the future.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Ordination, priesthood, ministry, leadership
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950405 Religious Structures and Ritual
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): Ministry Studies
Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 31 May 2010 11:06
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 11:46
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/497

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