The Offices of the Church

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Order of Contents

Extraordinary Offices
Regular Offices
.     That Pastors are a Distinct Office from Ruling elders

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The Extraordinary Offices

The Offices of Apostles, Prophets & Evangelists

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The Regular Offices of Christ’s Church

Pastors

Teachers

Ruling Elders

Deacons

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That Pastors are a Distinct Office from Ruling Elders

Isbell, Sherman – Order in the Offices, a Book Review  1995  13 paragraphs

This article is the best short piece on the Biblical teaching that the Minister is a separate office from, though it shares numerous functions with, the office of Ruling Elder, and that this was the view of the Reformation and Puritan eras.  

Isbell reviews Mark Brown’s book ‘Order in the Offices.’  Brown (of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church) compiled numerous essays all related to the office of Minister, but the authors generally take the newer American view espoused by Charles Hodge and Thomas Smyth, and many in the OPC, that Ministers do not fall under the category of the Biblical Greek term ‘presbyter’, whereas the Reformation and Puritan eras did teach and practice that.

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Related Pages

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Church Government

The Regulative Principle of Church Government

Theories of Church Government

The Ruling of the Church

Church Membership