Might it still be possible to recover the former understanding of the office of elder, which is so central to our history, identity, and being as Presbyterians?
“Train the child for the path of his life, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Church and Culture
Do we still believe in the notion of the “preaching office” or the “pastoral office”? Or have we joined the ranks of so much American “free church” congregationalism that replaces the notion of “office” with that of mere “function”?