Q. Who are the ministers of the Church?
A. The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons.
Q.What is the ministry of the laity?
A. The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to
him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ's
work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and
governance of the Church.
Q. What is the ministry of a bishop?
A. The ministry of a bishop is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as apostle,
chief priest, and pastor of a diocese; to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the
whole Church; to proclaim the Word of God; to act in Christ's name for the
reconciliation of the world and the building up of the Church; and to ordain others
to continue Christ's ministry.
Q. What is the ministry of a priest or presbyter?
A. The ministry of a priest is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as pastor to
the people; to share with the bishop in the overseeing of the Church; to proclaim the
Gospel; to administer the sacraments; and to bless and declare pardon in the name of
Q.What is the ministry of a deacon?
A. The ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a
servant of those in need; and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of
the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments.
Q.What is the duty of all Christians?
A. The duty of all Christians is to follow Christ; to come together week by week for
corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God.