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Originally there was no age requirements mentioned when Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the Aaronic Priesthood on May 15, 1829.1 Doctrine and Covenants also do not mention a specific age.2 It was a custom early on in the church to generally only ordain adult males, only allowing a small number of youths, but there was no specific doctrine or ...


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The most significant difference is in how new Elders come into office. In an Elder Ruled church, existing ordained elders have the responsibility of finding or training equipped leadership and appointing them to office in the local church. In an Elder Led church, the appointed Elder board may exercise spiritual oversight over the body but ultimately also ...


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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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For pastorship, it depends on the doctrine. As for an Elder, this is what Titus 1:6 NIV says An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient I can recall an Elder loosing his sword/title because his teen daughter had an incident at a house party. He was very ...


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Elder is an official position different from that of a priest. It should be noted that every most elders are also a priest (they are still a priest after becoming an elder). A priest is usually ordained an elder after 1 year or when the priest turns 18, if all gos wells. The office of priest is an office in the Aaronic Priesthood. The office of elder is an ...


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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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Unfortunately this point is not clearly understood for the majority of the Christian World because there is little written on the subject of the priesthood. It is hard to know exactly what Paul was referring to in this passage without some further light and knowledge shed on this subject. From the King James Version of the Bible, the only suggestions given ...


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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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Priest (sacerdos) Sacerdos literally means "a giver of the sacred". St. Jerome, in his Vulgate Latin translation, uses sacerdos to translate ἱερεύς, for example in Hebrews 7:17: μαρτυρεί γαρ ότι συ ιερεύς εις τον αιώνα κατά την τάξιν Μελχισεδέκ Contestatur enim : Quoniam tu es sacerdos in æternum, secundum ordinem Melchisedech. For he ...


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With regard to this short article, it is NOT saying that at the time of John’s vision there is already a raptured Church. Neither can the 24 elders represent the nation of Israel because that nation has not yet been redeemed. Since Got Questions maintain that the tribulation (seven and a half years) comes before the rapture of the Church, and since both ...


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You seem to be asking how the non-occurence of certain events are said to rule out certain interpretations of Revelation 4:4 and not others. I think this confusion can be cleared up if we recognize the difference between 'historical' non-occurence and 'narrative' non-ccurence from within John's vision. The pre-tribulation and dispensational pre-millenial ...


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Elder is an office in the priesthood and also a title. Men who hold the office of elder are not addressed as "Elder" unless they are serving in some sort of full-time capacity or are set apart for a special calling like an area or general authority. The missionaries you meet have name tags for convenience, and since they are full-time and set apart for a ...


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The Catholic understanding is that the word πρεσβύτερος means priest subordinate to a hierarch, one ordained to offer sacrifice under the direction of a chief priest. It does not mean layman governor of the church, like a Protestant elder. This is consistent with NT usage, where "chief priests and elders=πρεσβύτερος" (Matt 21:23 KJV) refers to two levels of ...


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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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