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Diakonia StudiesCritical Issues in Ministry$
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John N. Collins

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199367573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199367573.001.0001

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Ordained and Other Ministries: Making a Difference

Ordained and Other Ministries: Making a Difference

(p.187) 12 Ordained and Other Ministries: Making a Difference
Diakonia Studies

John N. Collins

Oxford University Press

Differentiating among ministries today has become a complex task. For some, the task is confusing because ministry appears to apply univocally across the traditional divide of “ordained” and “lay.” For an increasing number of others, this divide is historically conditioned and, upon the premise that ministry is churchwide and derives from baptismal gifts, it warrants closing. Both positions appear problematical, however, once discussion moves from contemporary vernaculars to the ministerial term for ministry in the New Testament. The modern re-interpretation of diakonia points to a distinctive pastoral role among the charismata that does not arise from baptism but from designation by God or the church. The mode of designation (e. g. ordination) is of less import than the nature of the ministry assigned.

Keywords:   diakonia, ministry, ordination, lay ministries, charismata, gifts

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