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Ouderlinge met preekvergunning: ‘n Herlewing van Dordtse Kerkorde artikel 8?

Piet Strauss
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 1 | a2092 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i1.2092 | © 2016 Piet Strauss | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 January 2016 | Published: 30 September 2016

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Piet Strauss, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa


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Abstract

Elders with consent to preach: A revival of Church order of Dordt (DCO) art 8? There seems to be a need for members other than trained ministers to preach in Reformed Churches. This need comes to the fore especially during periods in which traditional academically trained ministers are lacking. The well-known Synod of Dordt (1618–1619) made provision for members with extraordinary (singular) gifts to become ministers of the Word. In this it was continuing a practice in the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands of the 16th century. Other reformed churches followed. In the Dutch Reformed Church elders with the necessary abilities who are trained in short spells are nowadays also used to preach the Word. This article investigates the latter in the light of the former and the content of article 8 of the Church order of Dordt (DCO).


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