This article reflects on the Church Order of Dort. It considers what a church order is, how it functions, what are its aims, and other, non-Reformed systems of church ruling, particularly the hierarchical and independentistic (congregationalistic) systems. It goes on to discuss the content of the Church Order. It ends with some discussion questions on the material.
How should the relationship between organized and charismatic ministry in the early church be perceived? What is the relation between church order and charismata? Fung critically engages with contemporary reconstructions of this relationship.
Do pastors need theological training? Are not the Bible and the Holy Spirit enough? This article looks at the historical background to this topic. It blends together the biblical teaching, the church order, and the guidance God gave to his church.
This article is about the necessity of church federation as the result of church unity and oneness. The relation of church federation and the local church is discussed, as well as the church order of a church federation.