Baptism & Ordination
It is vital that all Christians today rediscover their calling as ministers of the gospel in baptism and to engage afresh with the challenge of mission in a society where most do not know or understand the Christian story. A church will either thrive or die according to people's response to this single issue.
Baptism in the early Church
Ordination in the early Church
We seem to have reversed the whole thing in most ot the Church today - one consequence of Christendom
Ministry has become the possession of presbyter rather than the ministry of the whole body of Christ (royal priesthood of believers). It is the ordained rather than the baptised who are understood as entering into ministry in and of the church.
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