XXIII. Of Ministering in the Congregation
It is not lawful for any man to take upon him the office of public preaching, or ministering the Sacraments in the Congregation, before he be lawfully called, and sent to execute the same. And those we ought to judge lawfully called and sent, which be chosen and called to this work by men who have public authority given unto them in the Congregation, to call and send Ministers into the Lord’s vineyard.
Now this one is interesting. I am not sure where I land on the notion that nobody can publicly preach unless elected by the congregation. But I have grown very fond of the idea that the congregation elects people into authority.
What think ye?