Original Research - Special Collection: Virtual Ecclesiology

The application of Ephesians 4:11 in the recent missional debate with reference to Scripture

Barry van Wyk
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 52, No 3 | a2305 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v52i3.2305 | © 2018 Barry van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2017 | Published: 03 April 2018

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Barry van Wyk, Unit for Reformatory Theology, North West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


The church is prominent in the letter to the Ephesians in the sense that the absence of the local church is highlighted with all the attention focused on the headship of Jesus Christ over everything, and therefore also over the church. The textual reference to Ephesians 4:11 refers to a range of gifts which require interpretation, especially in light of the recent appeal to the church to be a missional church as a contemporary direction for the present-day church.


missional; missional church; gifts / offices; Ephesians 4:11


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