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Ministry and Leadership in Early Christianity


This paper attempts to return to the authoritative sources of Christian faith in the New Testament, for the purpose of restating their truth and meaning in order to meet the critical challenge of ministry and leadership in the Church of our time. One disturbing feature is that the ordained ministry has assumed an ‘all-importance’ as ministry. We tend to think that the only valid ministry in the Church is the ministry of the ordained. Related challenges to Church leadership had been aptly articulated as early as nineteen seventy by two German theologians, Thierry Maertens and Jean Frisque.