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Title: Baptism as the Matrix of Ministry
Author(s): AUSTIN, Gerard
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 23    Issue: 2   Date: summer 1998   
Pages: 101-113
DOI: 10.2143/LS.23.2.542255

Abstract :
There seems to be a great deal of concern and confusion today as to who can, may, and should do ministry in the church. Perhaps some of the problems stem from our starting points and from the ordering of the elements to be considered in the analysis. I would like to argue for a consideration of baptism as the basis or matrix of all the church’s ministries, be they lay or clerical.

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