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“There is a tendency to talk of all sorts of ministers in the church: youth ministers, music ministers, ministers of compassion, and ministers of stewardship. I knew a pastor who once told me he had a ‘ministry of presence’ in that he was simply ‘there’ for the people of his church. Actually, there is one ministry and one office of the ministry. That ministry is to preach Christ and to administer His Sacraments” (Klemet Preus, The Fire and the Staff: Lutheran Theology in Practice [St. Louis: CPH, 2004], 93).

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