Die diaken in twee kerkordes in die Dordtse tradisie

PJ Strauss

Abstract


The deacon as prescribed in two church orders in the line
of the order of Dordt

The question is whether the church orders of the
Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Dutch Reformed Church are in line with the
church order of Dordt of 1619 on the character of the office of deacon in church. It is
established that all three of them concentrate of the deacon as a ministry of mercy. These words
are used by the order of the Christian Reformed Church, but also give a summary of the meaning
of the other two church orders on the subject. A distinction is made between the focus of an
office in church and the specific office as a practical means to achieve that focus.

Die vraag is of die kerkordes van die Christian Reformed Church in North
America en die Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk ten opsigte van hulle bepalings oor die aard van
die diakenamp in die Dordtse tradisie of dieselfde lyn as die Dortse Kerkorde van 1619 beweeg?
Die antwoord is dat al drie ordes na die bediening van die diaken as ’n diens van barmhartigheid
verwys. Die Kerkorde van die Christian Reformed Church praat letterlik van hierdie diens as ’n
“ministry of mercy”. ’n Onderskeid word getref tussen die fokus van ’n amp en die amp as die
praktiese gestaltegewing daarvan.

Keywords


The ministry of mercy; An office with an own character; The peculiarity of the office of the deacon; An anti-hierarchial approach ; Deacons part of church government

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5952/55-3-4-667

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