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Do Evangelical Protestants consider the "Elders" of Philippians 1:1 formalized in the Early Church as those listed in Ephesians 4:11?

Formalized Ministry The constituency of the Early Church was listed as saints, elders, and deacons in Philippians 1:1. And we know that the early Christians were familiar with the Synagogue style of ...
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In a congregationalist church, who is in charge and what does this imply for women in authoritative roles?

I'm relatively new to attending a Baptist church and one key difference is the idea of the Church Meeting, whereby members vote on important issues including appointment of a minister/elder. My ...
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Are there a specific set of educational qualifications for a person to become a Catholic Priest, Bishop, Archbishop, Cardinal, and Pope?

I specifically want to know what educational qualifications are required for someone to be qualified for each of the roles mentioned in the title. Priest Bishop Archbishop Cardinal Pope If there are ...
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How does the leadership structure within the Eastern Orthodox Church work?

I understand that the Eastern Orthodox Church has some kind of leadership structure that (maybe?) can decide on doctrine for the entire church. How is this leadership structured and what can the ...
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Do The Original Houses of Numbers Still Exist?

Are there still leaders of these households or are they obsolete? Reuben: 46,500 Simeon: 59,300 Gad: 45,650 Judah: 74,600 Issachar: 54,400 Zebulun: 57,400 Joseph: Ephraim: 40,500 Manasseh: 32,200 ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the husband being the main/(sole) provider?

(This question seems to especially apply to modern western societies) I’ve come across renown preachers (MacArthur, Bachmann, et al) that the man is the provider according to God’s design of the ...
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How do I keep a small-group discussion focused? [closed]

I am part of a high school small-group discussion at church. When neither the adult normally leading it nor his substitute could make it, one of the students started leading. The discussion quickly ...
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Does anything different happen during General Conference when there's a new president?

Next week will be the first general conference where President Nelson is the president of the Church. Does any special procedure or meeting occur because of this, or it is just a normal general ...
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Can LDS women be Sunday School Presidents?

From my understanding, women play a huge role in the LDS church, e.g. The Relief Society (which was established in 1842 and has about 6 million members). Even though they don't have the priesthood and ...
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Why are church leaders called "Father"?

Could anyone explain to me why some groups of Christians call their leaders "Father"?
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How do Catholics explain that the fighting leaders of the Hebrews were old men?

In the books of Joshua and Judges the leaders of the Hebrews are old men like Joshua himself or Judah. In particular the following verse made me wonder something: Judges 1:3 (ESV): And Judah said ...
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A question on 'leadership' [closed]

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? "Do not be called leaders; for One is ...
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Which Christian churches have an entirely unpaid/lay clergy?

Of those Churches what is their form of governance that allows them to run smoothly lacking fulltime ecclesiastical professionals? How does one ascend into a leadership role in the Church?
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How did the Willow Creek church come to allow and encourage women in leadership?

The Willow Creek Community Church has long had a policy of both men and women in leadership roles - which was (and is still) counter to what many other churches teach. From their site: We believe ...
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Does the Evangelical Free Church allow women elders?

I'm a member of an Evangelical Free church and one of the members of my Sunday school class made an impassioned plea for us to nominate several women to be elders. Currently our church has no women ...
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What is the role of the British monarch?

What role does the British monarch play as leader of the Church of England? Furthermore, how has this role changed over time?
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Who are the leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses church?

I assume the Jehovah's Witnesses church has structure and organization for its membership. Who are the leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses, and what is their role? From whom do members receive ...
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Did the congregation have input into leader selection in the early church?

The way I've always seen it, leaders are to be chosen first, and then appointed as leaders. I guess this could be compared to an inauguration. The biblical leadership model in my mind, was in some ...
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What is the Biblical view of "the spiritual gift of leadership"?

Romans 12 is said to describe "spiritual gifts". (See this post, for instance.) Such gifts are often regarded as being granted supernaturally to specific Christians, who are then specially able to ...
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What is the biblical basis for elder disqualification?

The Bible speaks to the qualifications of overseers and deacons, and also mentions that they are to be held to a higher standard than the rest of the congregation. What Biblical basis exists, then, ...
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Does the Bible support the concept of male spiritual headship? [closed]

What I mean by this is a little beyond "Wives submit to your husbands." In Joshua 7:22-25 Joshua stones and burns the entire family of Achen, including his children, after he sins by ...
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What is the earliest Christian use of a worship leader?

Music directors existed in Old Testament times (see these 56 references). But was there such a thing as what we now call a worship leader in Christian (New Testament and early church) times? Or is it ...
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What is the difference between a pastor, a priest, and a minister?

No, this is not the start of a joke about a bunch of people walking into a bar. Rather, I thought it would be helpful to clarify various titles that people give to leadership roles in churches.
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