Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church
1501 NW. 24th
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
The early church, through the laying on of hands, set apart persons with responsibility to preach, to teach, to administer the sacraments, to nurture, to heal, to gather the community in worship, and to send them forth in witness. The church also set apart other persons to care for the physical needs of others, reflecting the concerns for the people of the world.
In the New Testament (Acts 6), we see the apostles identifying and authorizing persons to a ministry of service. These functions, though set apart, were never separate from the ministry of the whole people of God. Paul states (Ephesians 4:1-12) that different gifts and ministries are given to all persons.
(From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2000. Copyright 2000 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.