As the church grew and spread out throughout Asia, Europe and North Africa, it become more and more difficult to keep in touch, more difficult to communicate and to understand which leaders to trust. A system developed to identify those leaders who had the gifts needed by the members of the church to help the communities to follow the teachings of Jesus. Initially every town had one church, and each church one bishop to preach, teach and lead worship, and deacons to care for the poor, widows and orphans. As the church grew a Bishop was responsible for many churches in one town and eventually one region. With that change there was a need for someone in each church community to celebrate Eucharist, and to help the community with questions about how to be a Christian, priests where selected and ordained to fill that position.
Thursday, October 25, 2012