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DiakoniaRe-Interpreting the Ancient Sources$
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John N Collins

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195396027

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396027.001.0001

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The Gospels

The Gospels

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John N. Collins

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This chapter examines whether “diakonia” is a suitable designation for the churches' responsibility to redeem the oppressed and the dispossessed. Related to that by reason of today's prevailing view of the diaconate is the question of which direction the study ought to take us in if we are to arrive at defining more satisfactorily the character and role of ordained diaconate today. Next, on the broader scene of ministry, are some reflections on the relationship between ministry and charism. Closer to the nub are the succeeding considerations as to where ecumenism now stands on its already long journey towards an agreed understanding of ministry. This discussion also considers the ultimate question of just what early Christians considered that ministry to be without which a group of Christians did not constitute a church. Finally, the chapter asks whether today, according to that early Christian view, women can take up that kind of ministry.

Keywords:   diakonia, ministry, Christians, diaconate, charism, ecumenism, women

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