The Ministry of the Church
By virtue of one’s baptism, every member of the Church shares in the task of its ministry. The meaning of the Reformation principle of the “priesthood of all believers” (1 Peter 2:9) is not that we are all priests and therefore we do not need any priests except ourselves-but rather that we are priests and therefore we all must be priests to one another and to others.
The Constitution and By-Laws, Article VIII-E (The Ministry of the Church)
Section 1. The whole Church, as the people of God, is called to manifest itself in the ministry of love exemplified by Jesus Christ, its head. In this ministry, all members are called upon to participate. (Eph. 4:12-13)
Section 2. Within the membership of the Church, some shall be selected as ordained ministers (clergy) and lay ministers (Eph. 4:11) to perform specific ministries of the Church.
Section 3. The Church shall provide rules and regulations for the classification, ordination, and settlement of ordained ministers and lay ministers, the same to be prescribed in the By-Laws.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the head of the Church
The Lord Jesus Christ in the head of the Church. (Eph1:22; 4:15; Col. 1:18) He has established therein a MINISTRY of the WORD and of the SACRAMENTS and calls from among his disciples to this ministry. The Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26), recognizes and chooses those whom he calls and ordains them to the work of the Ministry.
By-Laws Article VI; Section 1. The Ministry of the Church.
The Ministry of the Church is the ministry of Jesus Christ entrusted by him to his body, the Church. (John 14:12, 14-17, 31)
Within the body of Christ, some are set apart not to do the ministry on behalf of the whole Body, but for the task of equipping and enabling the various parts of the Body to fulfill their ministry in the world. (Eph. 4:11-13)