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I have been one of Jehovah's Witnesses my entire life, 35 years, and was recently appointed as an elder. What are the requirements for a person to become an elder? - They have to fulfill the requirements mentioned in 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:5-9. What type of training do elders have? - When they are first appointed as elders they usually have had the ...


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In the United Methodist Church, a lay pastor is a church member who has received training and can assist with preaching and care ministries, but does not have a formal seminary education. The lay pastor can perform most of the duties of ordained ministers: The certified lay minister shall preach the Word, provide a care ministry to the congregation, ...


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First of all, we are allowed to read any bible and most of us have a few different translations at home. Furthermore, every Jehovah's Witness is trained to become an ordained minister and publisher. An instrument for that training is our Theocratic Ministry School. Besides that we have several 'schools' that are specialized in training , elders, overseers, ...


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I expect in the context of your reference, the point is simply being made that the the mother of the author, Sandra Sue, has pastoral duties (perhaps leading a small group, Sunday school, etc), but is unpaid in this position, and has a professional career outside of the church. The concept of a Lay pastor is not new, but is recently (in the last 10-20 ...


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No. Christianity would not exist without humans Any religio (from whence the word religion derives) cannot exist without humans. Definitionally speaking, a religio is literally "the way" meaning the way in which a human acts on a regular basis. Under that definition, all people - even atheists - have religions. It is simply their way of being in the world. ...


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Jehovah's Witnesses are very well educated and we highly value divine education. (Isaiah 54:13) Any interested person must go through a Bible study program with another baptized member of the congregation as their personal teacher before getting baptized. Thereby every member is well taught. When we study the Bible, taking in accurate facts and knowledge is ...


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"From a Fundamentalist Church standpoint, what is its equivalent of a catechumen?" In my experience in several Protestant churches, Sunday School is the place of catechumen for young ones. The parents drop off their children in age-appropriate classrooms and the children are taught Bible stories/lessons by teachers from a church-approved lesson plan. The ...


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Lay pastor is actually an official designation in the Methodist church. There is some formal training that goes along with it --but nothing that comes close to the training required of a fully ordained pastor. I'm basing this answer on attending a Methodist church that has two fully ordained pastors and a lay pastor on staff.


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While I cannot and would not be so bold as to try to answer your question as it asks about a generalization of protestant belief, I wish to point out that Jesus in the LORD's prayer; as translated in the King James version, used the original word: πατήρ pater (pat-ayr') n. 1. a "father" {literally or figuratively, near or more remote} [apparently a primary ...


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How do young Catholics remember a set of prayers in order to pray the rosary? Do they have to memorize everything by rote, or do they get some help with mnemonics? Rosary is a combination of many prayers like Apostles' Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory to the Father.., twenty mysteries divided into four sets, Hail holy Queen, Litany of Mary etc. ...


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The requirements can be found in the bible. The traits looked for in an elder can be found in Titus chapter 1 verses 5-9. Another good one to look at is 1st Timothy chapter 3. It gives the requirements of overseers, elders, ministerial servants, and how women fit into the role of the congregation. I'm not entirely sure what the function of a priest or ...


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Sunday School was provided to conscripted labor as a way to become literate on the only day that they had an opportunity. Sunday School was a community service provided by the Churches in Europe, and as an outreach was an effective way to also give children a basis in theology by learning to read from Bible stories. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunday_school ...


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I can answer as to a nondenominational evangelical church, which may be what you are asking for. Whereas many protestant and Catholic churches baptize infants and catechumize youth, nondenominational churches typically dedicate babies and then may hold a short, intensive class for baptism candidates as they reach an age of responsibility. The class may give ...



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