Organization and Discipline of the Worshiping Community

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The organization of the church was relatively fluid throughout the New Testament period. Various offices are mentioned, but their duties and interrelationships are not always clearly defined. General patterns emerge, however, permitting some description of the leadership and discipline of the church as an institution.


The apostles maintained a general supervisory function, although their chief task was the proclamation of the gospel in an itinerant ministry. (The word apostolos...


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