In Order to Serve

An Ecumenical Introduction to Church Polity

By Leo J Koffeman

Ecclesiology is in the center of current ecumenical dialogue. However, this hardly seems to influence theological reflection on church polity. Does a deeper ecumenical understanding of the nature and mission of the church foster a renewal of church polity? This book explores new avenues in this respect, enhancing a truly ecumenical and intercultural approach of the theological discipline of church polity, without neglecting its juridical character. Key issues like liturgy and ordained ministry are featured, as well as concepts like the missional church, synodality, episcopacy, and many others. Examples from Roman Catholic and Anglican canon law - as well as from a number of Protestant church orders - clarify the issues at stake. Finally, its contextual approach stimulates new reflection on church-state relationships. (Series: Church Polity and Ecumenism. Global Perspectives - Vol. 1) [Subject: Religious Studies, Ecumenical Studies, Christianity]


248 pages

Publication Date: 1/31/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783643903181