""With engaging and sometimes witty prose, Giles explores Scripture honestly to discern patterns of church leadership. Giles shows how Scripture challenges many assumptions about ministry in most churches today. I have learned from this work, and I find his conclusions eminently fair, balanced, and reasonable, and most of them persuasive.""
--Craig S. Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
""Kevin Giles offers a welcomed update to his compelling account of the ministry and offices of the early church. A judicious and balanced treatment on everything the New Testament says about spiritual gifts, servant leadership, and leading a group of Christian believers in community. Sure to be a popular volume.""
--Michael F. Bird, Lecturer in Theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia
""Down the centuries, church traditions of varying kinds have allowed huge growth to take place in the garden of church leadership which has smothered the original plants that were there. Expertly using the tools of scholarship, Giles hacks it all down to expose the original patterns of ministry. He wears the scholarship lightly and has produced an eminently clear book which drives us to radical conclusions with which the contemporary church needs to engage. This should be compulsory reading on all ministerial training courses and read by any concerned with church leadership.""
--Derek Tidball, Former Principal of London School of Theology; author ofSkilful ShepherdsandMinistry by the Book: New Testament Patterns of Pastoral Leadership
""I highly recommendPatterns of Ministry among the First Christiansas it meets a great need for right understanding of Biblical Leadership in the time we live. It is an extraordinary, well written, and well documented book on how leadership and church structure is expressed in the New Testament, helping us to avoid simplified and rash conclusions in applying these principles in the twenty-first-century.""
--Kent Jakobsen, Principal, Danish Pentecostal Bible College
Kevin Giles is an Australian-ordained Anglican minister who was in parish ministry for over forty years. He has published on the doctrine of the church, church health, the leadership of the church, Lucan theology, women in leadership, and the Trinity. He is married to Lynley, a marriage counselor. They have four married children and eleven grandchildren.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: Premises, Aims, Sources 1
Chapter 2 It All Begins with Jesus 18
Excursus: Jesus and Women 26
Chapter 3 Paul 33
Chapter 4 Bishops: From House-Church Leaders to Prelates 52
Excursus: How Can We Explain Ignatius? 71
Excursus: Alistair Stewart, The Original Bishops 75
Chapter 5 All Christians are Deacons/Servants/Ministers, Yet Only Some are Distinctively Called "Deacons" 78
Excursus: The Term and the Concept, "Office" 94
Chapter 6 Elders: From Communal Leaders in the Plural to Congregational Leaders in the Singular called "Priests" 96
Excursus: Alastair Campbell, The Elders 122
Chapter 7 Apostles and Apostleship Before and After Paul 127
Chapter 8 Prophets and Prophesying 149
Chapter 9 Teachers and Teaching in Church 174
Excursus: "I Permit No Woman to Teach" 1 Timothy 2:12 195
Chapter 10 Ordination 217
Subject Index 247
Scripture Index 251