given by cht for the pfecting of the saints, & edifying
of this body(a), wch saints & body of cht is his
church, Therefore we account Pastors & Teachers
to be both of them church officers; and not the
Pastor for ye church and the Teacher only for
ye Schooles: Though this we gladly acknowledge
that Schooles are both lawfull, pfitable and
necessary for the training up of such in good
literature or learning(b), as may afterwards be
called forth unto the office of Pastor or Teacher
in the church. (a) Eph.4.11,12. (b) 1 Sam.10.12 & 19.20.
¶ Chap. 7. of Ruling Elders & deacons.
The Ruling Elders office is to distinct(a) from ye office
of Pastor & Teacher. The Ruling Elders are not
so called to exclude Pastors & Teachers from Ruling,
because ruling & governing is common to these wth
the other, whereas attending to teach & preach the
word is peculiar to the former. (a) Rom.12.7,8,9.
1 Tim.5.17. 1 Cor.12.28.
The Ruling Elders work is to joyne wth the Pastor
& Teacher in those acts of Spiritt Rule, wch are distinct
from the ministery of ye word(a) & sacraments committed
to them; of wch sort these be: First, to open and
shut the dores of gods house by the Admission(b)
of members approoved by ye church; by ordina=
tion(c) of officers chosen by ye church; by excommu=
nication(d) of notorious and obstinate offenders, renounce=
ced by ye church, and by restoring(e) of penitents