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According to an article on one of the ABC-USA's regional websites, "ordination is the process that a church enters to affirm the calling, giftedness, and service of the candidate, ordination cannot be detached from a place of service," and it is "a public affirmation of what God has already done." The article, as well as the SBC FAQ, says that ordination is ...


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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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The foundational apostles and prophets of Eph. 2:20 refers to New Testament apostles and Old Testament Prophets. Christ is the cornerstone. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; Eph. 2:20 Peter writes of the same foundation. That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken ...


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/topic/quorum-of-the-twelve-apostles The modern-day Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was organized in 1835 and is an example of the literal restoration to the earth of the church established by Jesus Christ. The Quorum of the Twelve ...


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It's pretty clear from reading the Gospels that Jesus did not have a 'fixed abode' during his ministry. He moved around from place to place. He certainly stayed on some occasions with supporters. On other occasions it is probable he slept outside. There are a number of occasions where Jesus is recorded as staying at the Mount of Olives, notably during ...


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Paul was speaking as an apostle, and all the apostles were chosen by divine appointment. As Jesus said in John 15:14-17, they were now his friends, for they did what he commanded. “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of ...


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There is no difficulty in identifying godly men during past centuries, men who were called and who taught the gospel without apology or excuse. Their ministry was blessed by God. For example: Martin Luther – 1483 to 1546 John Calvin – 1509 to 1564 John Bunyan – 1628 to 1688 Jonathan Edwards – 1703 to 1758 John Newton – 1725 to 1807 George Whitfield – ...


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The official website of the Vatican seems to be silent on this issue. Nevertheless it may be up to the local ordinary to make special norms for the diocese in question! The following is taken from Redemptionis Sacramentum of the Vatican: [160.] Let the diocesan Bishop give renewed consideration to the practice in recent years regarding this matter, and ...


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One of the key distinctives of Baptist churches is that they are congregationally governed and generally non-creedal. That means there's no overriding "Baptist" policy on who can and cannot teach in the church. You can be fairly certain that most Baptist churches will require a person to have been baptized as an adult in order to teach, but there are ...


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Short answer: ask the pastor and/or worship leader in your local church. Long answer: The Evangelical Free Church is an association of churches, which is less binding than a true denomination. As such, each individual church has a great deal of autonomy in the everyday workings of the local church. My brother and my father are both pastors at EFCA ...


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I will give a Lutheran response to the question. It is based upon a response to how some Reformed cessationists hold to what is called a "cascade" theology of spiritual gifts and offices. They argue that if the apostolic office is no longer around than the other gifts and offices should not be either. The answer to the question depends on what is ...


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Whilst agreeing that discernment and prayer is vital when contemplating what ministry God has called a Christian to, it might be useful to first consider what forms ministry can take. Not all are called to become ministers, pastors or priests. Not all are called to preach from a pulpit. The purpose of ministry is to build up the body of Christ (Ephesians ...


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I have sat on an ordination counsel (as a layman) for an American Baptist Church. While other things that have been said are true, there is realistically a few more things, at least for that region at that time. Education. At least a Masters of Divinity at a recognized seminary. A character check based on people who know the candidate. A written document ...


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I don't put much stock in numerology normally, but I think this is one of the cases where the numerological meaning of twelve, the complete people of God, is more important than trying to identify which specific individuals are being referred to, if specific individuals were ever even in the mind of the author. Consider how the Twelve Tribes of Israel is an ...


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You seem to be laboring under some misconceptions about the Baptist church. We Baptist do not believe that ours is the only faith which will wind up in heaven, nor do we believe that we are the only ones which worship the true God. Not just anyone can teach, nor can just anyone preach in a Baptist Church, even though we do occasionally invite some Christian ...


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Though I'm not from EFCA, I can suggest few things. Attend that local church for sometime, at least a month. Try to know who are the leaders. Try to talk with the members from the music team, try to have a connection with them. If you can make friendship with at least one of them, that's the easiest way to introduce yourself. If you are bold enough, talk ...


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When I was in college, I was involved in Baptist Student Union, I attended a few meetings of the Newman Society (a Catholic group), and ... I forget the name of the other group, it was a long time ago, but it was a Pentecostal group. Oh, and I attended one or two meetings of a forth but they weren't very active, so I migrated over to the Baptist group. I'd ...


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Women appear in ministry functions and even recognized roles in both the Old Testament and New Testament (source). I believe, that the earliest mandate for women in ministry is that given right at the beginning - the command given to co-steward the Earth (in conjunction with men): 26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And ...


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This appears to be a Jewish tradition rather than any precept of God, since the only Biblical reference I can find is in Paul's letter to Timothy: 1st Timothy 2:11 through 15 KJV Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, ...


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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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One scripture used to support this view is 1 Timothy 5:17-18 which states Elders who provide effective leadership must be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard in speaking and teaching. For the scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and, “The worker deserves his pay.” Pastors certainly provide ...


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Are there any denominations that believe in contemporary apostles, and if so, how is a person called to be an apostle according to them? Both the Orthodox and Catholic Churches have historically employed the title of ”Apostle” to various individuals other than Thee 12 Apostles of the Lord. After all the name apostle simply denotes being sent: The word "...


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Jesus stayed on the mountain called Olivet during His ministry. 37 And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet. 38 Then early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him. (Luke 21:37–38, NKJV)


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The house of God is still expanding. When you build an extension for your house, the first thing you do is lay down some more concrete to extend the foundation, right? It's the same thing for the Church: the apostles and prophets help to lay the foundations for the Church's growth, through the conversion of non-believers and the creation of new churches.


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I will share three notable examples I'm aware of. They are all relatively recent (1925 - present). Example 1: John Mulinde World Trumpet Mission, an international revivalist ministry founded in 1988 in the Republic of Uganda by John Mulinde, presents the following historical timeline on their website (emphasis mine): The transcript of the highlighted ...


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How do Christians discern if they are being called by God to ministry, and what ministry specifically? Discernment for a particular ministry usually takes several years to ascertain. It is not something that Christians simply wake up and say ”I am going to be a minister or a priest!” The number one thing to do is to pray over the during the time of ...


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Jesus did not necessarily need to own a house to have a "fixed abode." He could have stayed with Peter at his home in Capernaum during his stays. Although we don't know the exact length of his stays, we know that he lived there (Matt 4:13), it was referred to as his own city (Matt 8:1) and Mark referred to Capernaum as His home (Mark 2:1).


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Commonly called "Mormons") As a member, I enjoy paying tithing to the Church that is used to fund the building of the Kingdom of God on Earth: "Tithing funds are always used for the Lord’s purposes—to build and maintain temples and meetinghouses, to sustain missionary work, to educate Church members, and to ...


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From what I see, many wives do not support their husbands' ministry, but either have their own non-overlapping ministry, or simply are not interested in participating for other reasons, such as preferring more worldly pursuits. For most of human history the primary social construct was the family. The idea of a help meet for the husband was more applicable ...


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