Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Charles Arand

Scripture References in this Resource

Hosea 4:6; 1 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Corinthians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 4:14; 1 John 2:2; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5; 2 Corinthians 1:1; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Acts 6:1; Acts 6:2; Colossians 1:1; Ephesians 1:1; Hebrews 1:1; Hebrews 5:1; Isaiah 61:6; John 12:49-50; John 14:31; John 17:4; John 6:38; John 8:26; Mark 10:42-44; Matthew 16:18-19; Matthew 18:18-20; Matthew 20:21-23; Matthew 23:8; Matthew 28:18-19; Revelations 1:5; 6; Romans 1:1


Changes in society, misuse and abuse of authority in the pastoral office and changes in congregations concerning the role of the pastor, have all led to a need for defining and identifying what authority in the church is, and what authority the pastor has.

The scope of this project was to look at the Scriptural and Confessional foundations of Pastoral Authority along with discussions with the Board of Elders, Constitution Committee and Bible Study groups, to draw a basis for: 1) a definition of “Pastoral Authority"; and 2) the right use of that authority in the office of the parish pastor.

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