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Church Leadership
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Wherever Christians assemble regularly, and with obligations, around word and sacrament, this social entity requires a mechanism of leadership responsible for doctrine, planning, and finances. In the NT, the question of the government (Cybernetics) of local congregations appears in the letters of Paul and in the Pastoral Epistels: προίστημι/prohístēmi not only indicates the task of leadership, itself, but simultaneously implies care for the congregation and its individual members (e.g. 1 Cor 12:28; 1 Thess 5:12). Pastoral care and concern for the eternal salvat…

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Seiferlein, Alfred, “Church Leadership”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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