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The Church The Church is the whole body or congregation of persons who have been called by God the Father to acknowledge the lordship of Jesus the Son; the Church accomplishes this in word, sacrament and witness, and through the power of the Holy Spirit to collaborate with Jesus’ historic mission for the sake of the Kingdom of God. The Church is built on the doctrine of the Trinity (Trinitarian) and is not a building.
The Church Today
Though a strong case could be made for each of the five models, I see the Church as predominately institutional and sacramental. The power held and demonstrated by the bishops and priests lead me to say institutional, while the unfortunate pitfall of individuals mistaking ritual for devotion lead me to see the sacramental model representing the Church. In a way the two models go hand and hand. The power is held by the clergy and the role of the congregation is minimized leaving them unable to challenge the bishops and priest; therefore the members can only follow. Naturally, due to not having a larger role the congregation simply follows routine and the power of the Church is never realized.
Community of Disciples Model The Community of Disciples Model was proposed by Avery Dulles and derived it’s name from the term used by Pope John Paul II to describe the Church. The model holds relation to the Institutional, Communal, Sacramental, Herald and Servant models, but also adds a new perspective. First let’s discuss how each of the aforementioned models is incorporated into the Community of Disciples. The Community of Disciples model stresses performing Jesus’ practices of set prayer, common meals, and community possession of goods. It is imperative that the Church maintains it’s identity, therefore it can not become a total democracy; the Institutional model is stressed here. To incorporate the Communal model the Community of…...

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