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Wider, Broader, Richer: Trinitarian Theology and Ministerial Order

Saines, Don (2010) Wider, Broader, Richer: Trinitarian Theology and Ministerial Order. Anglican Theological Review. pp. 511-535. ISSN 0003-3286

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Abstract

Developing expressions of ministry are evident across the Anglican Communion. This paper seeks to address the “crisis in ministry,” as some call it, by offering a theology of relational ministry fitting with these culturally diverse developments. Drawing from the doctrine of the Trinity, the paper argues that ordered or relational ministry arises out of and is formed by the relational nature of the Triune God, known in Christ and the Spirit in the world as an outward movement of generosity. The understanding of order and ministry arises out of a communio ecclesiology that is viewed as a “method” or an “ecclesial disposition.” What this means for order and ministry requires ongoing vigilance and theological reflection. This paper is such an undertaking. It does so by drawing on historical precedent and present cultural inclination so as to develop an understanding of ordered ministry in its dynamic and diverse but relational sacramental identity.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Church and ministry, Trinity, ministerial order, pluralism, diversity, Anglican.
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: Ministry Studies
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 03:39
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:07
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2797

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