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Many protestant versions of believers’ royal priesthood, including the Christian Reformed Church in North America, are missionally inadequate: priestly functions are often monopolized by the Ministerial Priesthood, which leads to the defrocking of the ministry of the priesthood of all believers.
In essence, the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers is treated as though it is a true, factual, and fascinating piece of Christian doctrine, but is not always practically lived out in local congregations. We believe in it in theory, but not in practice.
A biblical and missional understanding of the church must root the priesthood of all believers in baptism, the initiatory rite that ordains all people into priestly service in the world.
A proper re-framing of the priesthood of all believers will serve as the catalyst for a more robust ecclesiology and will be the impetus for the royal priesthood to commit to their earthly vocation to be witnesses of Christ in the world.
 In the case of the CRCNA, there are four offices of the Ministerial Priesthood: Minister of the Word, Elder, Deacon, and Commissioned Pastor.
Doctor of Ministry
Church, Priesthood, Priesthood of all believers, Christian Reformed Church, Reformation, Doctrinal Theology
Missions and World Christianity | Practical Theology
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Carruthers, Justin, "The Equipping Church: Recapturing God’s Vision for the Priesthood of All Believers. A Biblical, Historical, and Reformed Perspective" (2019). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 384.