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Ministry, Ministerial Offices
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Ministry, carrying forth Christ’s mission in the world, is fundamentally the task of the church, the whole people of God, and is conferred on each Christian in baptism. Certain persons, however, are called and ordained to ministries of leadership within the church itself. These ordained ministries, sometimes referred to as offices or holy orders, are understood differently in the various branches of the Christian church.

1. Roman Catholicism

The Roman Catholic Church now has three …

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Brand, Eugene L. and Kühn, Ulrich, “Ministry, Ministerial Offices”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 28 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M503>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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