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The Ministry
Offices, Procedures and Nomenclature

Part III

A Report of the
Commission on Theology and Church Relations
of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod

September 1981

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Although many points regarding the theology of the ministry have now been covered, a number of direct theses may be helpful in presenting the position of this document.


[11] Cf. Walther's third thesis on the ministry in the Appendix.

[12] Cf. Walther's eighth thesis on the ministry in the Appendix. In elaboration of this thesis, Walther states: "The highest office is the ministry of preaching, with which all other offices are simultaneously conferred. Therefore every other public office in the Church is merely a part of the office of the ministry, or an auxiliary office, which is attached to the ministry of preaching .... Accordingly, the offices of school- teachers who have to teach the Word of God in their schools ... are all to be regarded as sacred offices of the Church, which exercise a part of the one office of the Church and are aids to the ministry of preaching" (Walther and the Church, p. 79).

[13] The term "church" as here used means the congregation or other unit of the church, as well as the Synod itself, and also other congregations and portions of the Synod that are part of the confessional fellowship.

[14] Cf. John H. C. Fritz, Pastoral Theology (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1945), pp. 3940.


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