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The Church - responsibilities and models of service
The Church - responsibilities and models of service

Author(s): Cristian Marius MUNTEANU
Subject(s): Sociology of Religion
Published by: EDIS- Publishing Institution of the University of Zilina
Keywords: Church; mission; ministry; deaconry; society; herald; responsibilities; traditional understanding; the history of the church; community;

Summary/Abstract: The Church was founded by God, constitutes the assembly of believers who assume an identity defined by Jesus built on the sacrifice of the Son of God and is mandated to glorify God and lead people to salvation. With divine origin and universal character, the Church is also vested with the authority to fulfill the original plan of God, which has been formulated in other terms - “make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19). The nature of the Church is highlighted by the metaphorical images used in the New Testament: the Body of Christ, the People of God and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. The major responsibilities of the Church are the permanent disposition to serve and the ability to adapt both their expression and the way they relate to the constant changes. The patterns that the Church should use in ministry are those of the herald, who proclaims as message and servant, who transforms churches into an expression of deaconry. These issues are the central point of any discussion about the church since it sets the definitions and duties of the church alongside the social and religious postmodernist context to which the church must not only cope with it but must also improve it. Basically, the significant definitions, functions, models, and responsibilities of the Church must personalize the Church’s offer in such a way as to make it attractive for these times.

  • Issue Year: 5/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 145-153
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English