Kent Burreson

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Historical Theology

First Advisor

Robert Rosin

Scripture References in this Resource

2 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Corinthians 11:23; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 1 Peter 5:2; 1 Timothy 3:2-7; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6; 2 Timothy 2:2; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11; Ephesians 4:16; Gen. 48:14; John 20; John 20:23; Matthew 16:19; Matthew 28:19; Titus 1:5-9


Therefore this study intends to examine the rites on their own merit as historical evidence of the theological understanding of church and ministry that arose in a specific context—a contextual-historical study of rites concerned with forming pastors. As Smith asserts, "Liturgical events such as ordination do not occur in a vacuum. They are supported by an attendant structure which influences the way in which they are experienced and understood. The political, cultural, theological, and ecclesiastical context will be considered in order to determine the milieu and mindset in which the rites were framed and celebrated." Having determined the context, its impact upon the rites will be assessed. Consideration will be given to the possibility that some of the rites may have been prepared in response to emergencies or temporary situations, possibly affecting the component parts, the content, and the theological impression given those participating. An assessment will then be made as to what degree liturgical and theological unity is maintained in the rites from era to era.

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