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Authority in the Church and the Authority of the Church in the World

By Joseph D. Small, Director, Theology, Worship and Education, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

An essay by Joseph Small about the Presbyterian Church’s formal understanding of ministry and how it provides insight into the presumptive nature of authority in the church, and the authority of the church in the world. This essay originally appeared in Ordination and Authority, Theology and Worship Church Issues Series, No. 8.