Ivan Havener

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That charisms and ordered ministries existed in the New Testament period is not a matter of dispute today, but what has been and continues to be controversial is the relationship of charisms and structured ministries to one another, when and how ministries became ordered, whether ordered ministries are a legitimate theological development, and whether a variety of ministries and charisms still has a place in the church of today, precisely because a variety of these existed in the New Testament.1 Blanching at the huge amount of literature which has been produced on these topics, I offer here some personal reflections, based in part on some selective reading and in part on some independent observations.

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