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Pastoral Ministry
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Dick Pritchard
January 27, 2004
"Call & Ordination"

I.   Church Leadership
A.   Old Testament Priests
1.   Israel was called to be a kingdom of priests (Ex. 19:6)
2.   Aaron was named as priest and was closer to God than the people (Ex 19:24)
3.   The job of the priests was to perform sacrifices for the people
B.   New Testament Priests
1.   Jesus is our High Priest and was the final sacrifice for all sins
a.   There is no need for any further sacrifice for sins
b.   Hebrews 7:26-27, 9:13-14, 10:18
2.   We are all members of the priesthood of believers and have direct access to God through Jesus (1Peter 2:5, Heb 10:19-22)
3.   We are priests who minister to each other
C.   Church Leadership Position
1.   New Testament Church: The leadership came from within the people and God encompassed both
2.   Early Church/Medieval Church: separation between clerical and laity
3.   Contemporary Church: really struggles with this topic on how to figure out the balance with the priesthood of all believers
II.   Contemporary Images of Ministry
A.   Media Mogul
B.   Political Negotiator
C.   Therapist
D.   Manager
E.   Resident Activist
F.   Preacher
G.   Servant
H.   Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
III.   Church laypersons
A.   Common views of who laypersons are &
1.    &members of the people of God called to a total ministry of witness and service in the world (best answer)
2.    &those who are ministered to by the clergy who are the true church
3.    &people in part-time Christian service;
4.    &non-ordained Christians whose function is to help the clergy do the work of the church
5.   You will get all of these answers depending on the group and person
B.   "All Christians are ministers. Some Christians are baptized ministers and others are ordained ministers. Everyone has a ministry. As a minister, one attends to the community of faith. As a missionary, one attends to the world. Ordained ministers of the church have no other role or function than to attend to the health and vitality of the ministers and missionariesÉ'the equipping of the saints for their work of the ministry' [Eph 4:12]Éthose who have been ordained' are not set off as part of a different caste, or a special class raised above everyone else. Those ordained' are no different from everyone else in church, a sinner saved by graceÉthe role of the minister is not service to the church, or managing the structures of the institution, but service to the world. The role of the ordained minister is to loosen up and lighten up the church to let that happen. Ordained ministers have a church-centered ministry. Ministers have a world-centered ministry" - Dr. Leonard Sweet
IV.   Ordination
A.   Three elements
1.   Always, first, involves an inward call
2.   There is also a personal outward affirmation that is expressed
3.   Laying of hands, or public affirmation
B.   Three steps to Ordination
1.   Local "Preacher's" License
2.   District "Preacher's" License
3.   Ordination
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