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Undivided and Plural Ministry

The desire to achieve a fuller measure of visible unity resulted in the inauguration of “Churches Uniting in Christ” that included a provision for ongoing theological dialogue to provide a foundation for mutual reconciliation of ministries, with the goal of accomplishing full reconciliation of ministries by 2007. The Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church also entered into a bilateral dialogue focusing on the issue of ordered ministries – episcopé and episcopate, elders and the three-fold ministry. This paper explores the Reformed-Presbyterian understanding of ordered ministry and episcopé, elders and bishops.