The Historic Episcopate: Not Essential for the Office of the Ministry

Paul S. Berge

Article Type: Face to Face

Publication Date: 10/1/1987

Paired Article (Face to Face): The Historic Episcopate: What It Means and Why We Should Restore It

Issue: The Ministry of the Baptized (Vol. 7, No 4, Fall, 1987)

The ministry of the church is called to serve this Word, but it does not preside over it, which is precisely what had taken place in the medieval church. To be sure, there is a call for the Reformation church to exercise ministry through a “regular call” (Article XIV) and an orderly understanding of ministry (Article XXVIII), but it is only one call, one ministry—pastor and bishop—for the teaching and preaching of the Word of God and for the administering of the sacraments.

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