elect officers such is the greater, & wherein the Substance
of the ^call to the office consists) they may much more, (occasion
& need so requiring) impose hands in ordinacion,
wch is the lesser, & but the accomplishmt of the
other: (a) Numb.8.10.
In such churches where there are no Elders, and
the church so desire, we see not why Imposition
of hands may not be pfourmed by ye Elders of
other churches. Ordinary officers laid on hands upon
the officers of many churches, as ye Presbytery
at Antioch Ephesus laid hands upon Timothy an
Evangelist(a), and ye Presbytery at Antioch laid
hands upon Paul & Barnabas(b). (a) 1 Tim.4.14.
Church officers are officers only to one church, even that pticu=
lar over wch the Holy gh: hath made them overseers, inso=
much as Elders are commanded to feed not all flocks,
but that flock wch is committed to their faith, & trust &
dependeth upon them(a). Nor can constant residence
at one congregacion be necessary for a minister, no
nor that lawfull: if he be not a minister to one
congregacion onely, but to ye church universall, because
he may not attend one part onely of ye church where
he is a minister, but he is to attend unto all the
flock: (a) 1 Pet.5.2. Act.20.28.
He that is clearely loosed from his office relacion unto the
church whereof he was a minister, can not be
looked at as an officer, nor pfourme any act of
office in any other church, unlesse he be agayne orderly
called unto office. wch when it shall be, we know
nothing to hinder but that Imposition of hands also
in ordinacion ought to be used towards him agayne.
For so Paul ye Aple recd Imposition of hands twice at
the least, from Ananias Act.9.17. & agayne Act.13.3.