Thursday, January 22, 2015

Walther, 1906. Chapter 44, “The Congregation’s Officers”

Chapter 44, “The Congregation’s Officers” (pp. 254-256)

Walther holds that the pastor should seek help from officers of the church, who should be developed and nurtured by the pastor. He holds to the bishops/pastors/elders who have a teaching office (p. 255) as well as a non-teaching office, the deacon. The deacons are not ordained for special “career” ministry while the elders generally are. All should meet frequently, preferably with the pastor presiding, since the pastor’s responsibility includes training and guiding these others in dealing with church matters.

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