Chapter 30. THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH

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We believe that this true church must be governed according to the Spiritual order which our Lord has taught us in His Word.1There should be ministers or pastors to preach the Word of God and to administer the sacraments;2there should also be elders3and deacons4who, together with the pastors, form the council of the church.5By these means they preserve the true religion; they see to it that the true doctrine takes its course, that evil men are disciplined in a spiritual way and are restrained, and also that the poor and all the afflicted are helped and comforted according to their need.6By these means everything will be done well and in good order when faithful men are chosen7in agreement with the rule that the apostle Paul gave to Timothy.