I’d like to share my research paper submitted for Pastoral Theology.
Excerpt – This experience has led me to examine spiritual authority further. John Chryssavgis insists that, “There is with reference to tradition and spirituality in the Church, no subject more essential and at the same time more often misunderstood than that of authority.” Stephen Crosby suggests that the authority people are most familiar with in the church is positional or delegated authority. This authority is exercised by leaders, pastors, ect. In his book Authority, Accountability, and the Apostolic Movement, Crosby outlines eight distinct levels of authority in God’s kingdom listed by rank. The purpose of this paper is to recognize these levels of authority and build upon my theology of spiritual authority.
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