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Introductory
Cover Letter
The Seven Articles:
 I. Baptism
 II. The Ban
 III. Breaking of Bread
 IV. Separation
 V. Shepherds
 VI. The Sword
 VII. The Oath

Congregational Order

The Cover Letter
(Benediction)
Footnotes
John Howard Yoder's Introduction
Background, and an Interpretation, by Philip Bender
Point of View
by Jan Gleysteen

 
 

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The Schleitheim Text
Brotherly Union of a number of children of God concerning Seven Articles
(
Brüderlich Vereinigung etzlicher Kinder Gottes seiben Artikel betreffend . . . )

Translated and edited by John Howard Yoder, The Legacy of Michael Sattler, Herald Press, 1973



Article V. We have been united as follows concerning shepherds in the church of God.

We have been united as follows concerning shepherds in the church of God. The shepherd in the church shall be a person according to the rule of Paul, [68] fully and completely, who has a good report of those who are outside the faith. The office of such a person shall be to read and exhort and teach, warn, admonish, or ban in the congregation, and properly to preside among the sisters and brothers in prayer, and in the breaking of bread, [69] and in all things to take care of the body of Christ, that it may be built up and developed, so that the name of God might be praised and honored through us, and the mouth of the mocker be stopped.

He shall be supported, wherein he has need, by the congregation which has chosen him, so that he who serves the gospel can also live therefrom, as the Lord has ordered (1 Cor. 9:14).[70] But should a shepherd do something worthy of reprimand, nothing shall be done with him without the voice of two or three witnesses. If they sin they shall be publicly reprimanded, so that others might fear. [71]

But if the shepherd should be driven away or led to the Lord by the cross [72] at the same hour another shall be ordained [73] to his place, so that the little folk and the little flock of God may not be destroyed, but be preserved by warning and be consoled.

 

 

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