by Jeff Brown
A social-historical examination of the decision-making processes within the early church as depicted in the New Testament, emphasising the two-way interaction between the leadership and their congregations.
Chapter 1: Historical Background:
Historians have debated the original order of the church for centuries,but none question that it developed significantly during its first six hundredyears. By the time of the division of Christendom into East and West, churchorder was well established, including a separate class of clergy (priests), variousorders of ministry, regional bishops, councils, and (at least in the West)a pope. During the Middle Ages, church order became more complex andsophisticated. The Pseudo-Dionysian writings exercised a pro… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!