|Statement||by Arthur W. Haddan.|
|LC Classifications||BV665 .H3|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xii, 394 p.|
|Number of Pages||394|
|LC Control Number||45028508|
Apostolic Ministry or Apostolic Succession The United Methodist Book of Discipline frequently uses the word “apostolic” to describe the church and its ministry. In its discussion of the ordained ministry, it says: Ordination and Apostolic Ministry The apostles led in prayer, teaching and preaching, ordered the spiritual and temporal life. The Roman Catholics argue that it is the passing down of , and not any other apostles, passed authority down to the first bishop of Rome, and not any other bishops, and then down to the succeeding bishops of the Roman church. This is not what the early church believed.. To the early churches, apostolic succession was a proof of the preservation of truth within the churches. The Church Fathers, who were links in that chain of succession, regularly appealed to apostolic succession as a test for whether Catholics or heretics had correct was necessary because heretics simply put their own interpretations, even bizarre ones, on Scripture. Clearly, something other than Scripture had to be used as an ultimate test of doctrine in these : Catholic Answers. The Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC) has re-emerged after being somewhat dormant over the last decade. That it is re-emerging with global participation and recognition among clergy and lay leaders in national groups indicates where apostolic succession truly lies – in the faith deposit entrusted to the people of God.
Apostolic Succession has effects on the definition of “Church”: Non-roman churches, that have preserved Apostolic Succession (e.g. Orthodox, Anglicans, Churches of the Utrecht Union, in Germany: Old Catholics), are recognised as “Churches”, but not so with “ecclesiastical communities”, who were missing Bishops to validly ordain. CHURCH OF ENGLAND AND APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION 17 succession is a " fact not a doctrine ". • Bishop Lightfoot conceded the fact: " it seems vain to deny that the position of St. J ames in the mother Church furnished the precedent and pattern of the later episcopate. "• But there are signs of a change before a threefold order. The Apostolic Succession refers to the chain of consecrations as bishop extending back into history. Presumably each new bishop was consecrated by an existing bishop, who was also consecrated by another, and so on. The Apostolic Succession is the sequence of these ordinations all the way back to St. Peter, who was an Apostle of Jesus Christ. The Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Church (LEPC) were some of the earliest Lutherans in America. They have autonomous The Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church recovered the apostolic succession from Old Catholic and Independent Catholic The Lutheran Orthodox Church.