You’ll need to wear your thinking cap, but it’s worth it for this article.
Alan Strange writes:
All Presbyterians agree that there are at least two special offices in the church—elder and deacon. The question that divides good Presbyterians, however, is this: Do the minister and the ruling elder hold the same office or is the office of minister, while sharing governance with the ruling elder, a distinct office in its own right?
Let’s begin our exploration of this question by focusing on the nature of “office.”