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It is a fairly natural idea to have somebody fulfilling this role, and various Christian traditions have done just that. The following are from Worship music: a concise dictionary (ed. Edward Foley, 2000): Cantor [Latin]. "Singer" (1) In Christianity, a 5th-century term for the psalmist; later, the medieval singer (often cleric) who intoned and led the ...


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The role of the monarch in the Church of England, while technically its head, is limited strictly to the selection of bishops. Even here, involvement is limited, as the Monarch chooses from one of three candidates sent by the Prime Minister, from a list that was created by a synod of bishops. Article 37 (of the 39 Articles) explicitly defines the role as ...


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Yes. No. Maybe. This is all really tied up in the idea of Federal Headship. The most obvious Scriptural example of this is Adam and Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive This is developed a lot more in the epistles, but the general idea is that Adam acted as a representative for all of mankind: a ...


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The head of the Jehovah's Witness Church is known as the Watchtower Society. Sorry for using Wikipedia as a reference, but apparently the JW website doesn't give out much information on them. On the official Jehovah's Witnesses website, we can get the following information: http://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/faq/congregations-organized/ How Are ...


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While the New Testament does not give complete details about the selection process, the role of other leaders is much more clearly documented than the role of congregations, at least in the appointment of elders. Acts 6, by contrast, involves the selection of servant leaders, known in most churches today as deacons. The Apostles were too busy to "serve ...


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Quakers and Mormons have no paid staff in their local assemblies. In the national bodies, however, there is usually some renumeration or support, in order to retain staff. The truth is that very few would consider it wise to have a national organization without any accountability, which is what an all-volunteer lobby would be. Additionally, many more ...


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Willow Creek has held an egalitarian stance about women in leadership since their inception. Yesterday Lynne Hybels reposted the chapter in the book mentioned above on her blog. The link is below. I attended Willow for two years in the 1990s and benefitted greatly from the women on the teaching team and the stellar leadership of the mixed-gender elder board. ...


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The EFCA leaves a large part of this to the local congregation. Very much like some of the Baptist denominations that prefer terminology other than a "denomination," the E-Free congregations are autonomous and able to internally govern themselves mostly as they wish. I am now in a different denomination, but I grew up in a church that moved into the E-Free ...


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Error: When I wrote this up I, I had misread the question and focused my answer on the office of Deacon. I will need to revise this to focus on the office of Elder. It won't be substantially different but there are a few extra considerations. There is not a very clear answer to this question, but the statement on the CBE seems to beyond the scope of ...


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Of course, the man is the spiritual head of the family. There are many references in the Bible that point to it. Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and ...


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Q. "Who are the leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses church?" A. The One True Almighty God JEHOVAH through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ who has granted authority to Christ's "faithful and discreet slave" as THE ONLY appointed channel by God during Christ's Heavenly PRESENCE (from the GREEK word "Parousia" which is often mistranslated as "Coming") of the ...


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The Jehovah´s Witnesses have what they call a Governing Body. A good reference on their beliefs can be found in Chapter 14 of their publication Bearing Witness where they show how they interpret Acts 15 as a being similar governing body in the early Christian assembly. Biblical Principles of JW Organisational Structure Organisationally, Jehovah's Witnesses ...


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Acts 6 pretty clearly says that the congregation choose the leaders. Acts 6:2-3 'Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, '... Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation ...'" The apostles told the congregation that the congreation should choose these men. We are not told whether this was done with a ...


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The NASB is very much in the minority when it renders the word here as 'leaders'. Most translations have either 'masters' or 'instructors'. Even the NASB admits that 'teachers' is a possible meaning. So it is really far from clear that there is a prohibition on being called a leader. Elsewhere in the New Testament it is clear that there were 'leaders' among ...


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Why is it common for pastors to advocate leadership (including their own) when it is easy to conclude that it is anti-biblical according to what Jesus had said? I am not so sure that pastors advocate "leadership" so much as they advocate following. The hallmark of a good leader is the ability to follow commands, not give them. All pastors, if they ...


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Coming from a Plymouth Brethren background, I can speak to the experience of growing up in a church movement which eschewed ordaining ministers and employing them as fulltime servants within local churches. Wikipedia has a decent overview of the Plymouth Brethren, a movement which began in the late 1820s in Dublin, Ireland and quickly spread to Plymouth, ...


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Contemporary worship and worship leader or pastor ( formerly choir directors and such ) is inextricably linked to the Charismatic Movement of the 1960’s and 70’s. Several important aspects of this theology of congregational song are worth highlighting. This influence is largely of John Wimber and the Vineyard movement of the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Saying ...


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As with many gifts of the Spirit, the gift of 'leadership' is not described in the Bible directly. The first conclusion I draw from that is the unique operations of The Holy Spirit do not require a user guide. For example, at Pentecost the Bible says, Acts 2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the ...


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I think that you are confused about the purpose of the deacon or bishop ordination. They are not ordained for their own benefit, but for the benefit of all the church. Therefore it is important that they are not a reason for scandal and offence. The fact that someone isn't found fit to be ordained as deacon, presbyter or bishop doesn't mean that he can't ...


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Specifing "Christian " eliminates going to the O.T. as that is Jewish tradition and starts the search in Acts and more specifically Antoch where the term was first used. If one looks at the modern day use of the term "Worship Leader" reconising that it is a relatively new position in the church, the following is a good guide. Contemporary worship and ...



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