Friday, May 31, 2013

Authority for Ministry

Neuhaus chapter four, “Authority for Ministry,” brings us back to the image of a minister as an ambassador of a disputed sovereign. Often the Church is seen primarily as an organization. This idea has been confused with the idea of the Church as an institution, that which was appointed by God. So the “institutional” Church is viewed rather as a human organization than a divine mission. Neuhaus observes that we have a divine mandate to proclaim Christ. That is the heart and center of the institution. It comes from God, not from social acceptance or from our business savvy. While some of the attributes of professionals can be applied to ministers, the Christian minister serves Christ and the community. The profession serves his own particular clients. These are fundamentally different concepts, which must be remembered.

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