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Ministerial Offices
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[German Version]

Ministerial or occasional offices are so called because they are usually performed by the minister (Pastoral office). But this is also true of other ministerial functions (e.g. celebration of the Lord's Supper) that are not included among the ministerial offices. The members of the congregation are as constitutive for the ministerial offices as the minister. They are also called occasional offices because they are performed on certain “occasions.” The core of the office is some kind of blessing, which refers to certain individuals or objects (benedictions)…

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Winkler, Eberhard, “Ministerial Offices”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 August 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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