What is the Nature of Pastoral Authority? — Perspectives from a Methodist, a Presbyterian, and a BaptistBy B. Merkle, K. DeYoung, M. O'Reilly | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.26.2016
We asked three pastors from three different traditions to answer the question: What is the nature of a pastor’s authority?
Any serious treatment of church offices must interact with this work. And yet, in the end, this book’s flaws render it another theory that has been tested and found wanting.
There are no biblical qualifications for trustees, council members, “leadership teams,” or other titles of our devising.
The main difference between an elder and a deacon is a difference of gifts and calling, not character.
To rightfully be a “pastor” (or deacon) is to be “ordained” in the sense of being publicly installed into that office.