168 – Assistant Functionaries in the Church

  §168. Though the ministerial office in the church is but one, yet by the will of the congregations and with the consent of the incumbents of the whole ministerial office certain functions of this office may be delegated to assistant functionaries in the service of the congregations.

Acts 6:2-6 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, it is not reason that we should leave the Word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over the business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the Word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicholas a proselyte of Antioch: whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

  I Timothy 3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre.

  I Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the Word and doctrine.

  I Corinthians 12:5, 29 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. (29) Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of the miracles?

  Romans 12:7-8 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

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