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A Church officer in the Presbyterian Church. There are two kinds: (1) ‘Teaching elders’, whose function is pastoral; (2) ‘Ruling elders’, laypeople often set apart by ordination who assist the pastor in the administration and government of the Church. When the word is used without specification, the latter class is commonly meant. For the office in the early Church, See presbyter.

(1) ‘Teaching elders’, whose function is pastoral; (2) ‘Ruling elders’, laypeople often set apart by ordination who assist the pastor in the administration and government of the Church.

Subjects: Christianity.


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