Impact of life-Time ordination of Elder in the Pastoral ministry among the Zou Churches in North-East India
Hau Suankap Manlun
This dissertation chiefly examines the function of pastors and church elders in the divine worship and the administration of the Zou Churches in North East India. The author states that ordination is only for those who received a divine call from God to serve publicly in the holy ministry of the word of sacraments. Today, what is commonly called an "elder" is in reference to laymen appointed to secure the congregation in its temporal affair and to assist the pastor in the administrative tasks. In scripture the most common titles for the holy ministry are elder, overseers, and pastors. These three titles are interchangeable (Eph. 4:11; Acts 20:28-31; 1 Pet. 5:1-4). The author promotes the value of ordination for pastors. Elders are not ordained, but appointed to assist pastors with the administrative of the local congregations. This research had concluded that the practice of life-time ordination of elders is not beneficial for the wellbeing of the Zou Lutheran Church and should be carefully replaced with a more biblical polity.
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