Biblical Church Government – Part 5

Both Ministers of the Word, and non-preaching Governors, are Ruling Elders.   Just as all Elders and all Deacons are Special "Clergy" and Official Ministers (or ordained Diakonoi) of the Lord Jesus Christ.

As Macpherson has insisted in his standard book:2 "It is proper to notice that the original employment of the name clerical does not in itself at all imply any notion of a priestly character belonging to the class of persons so distinguished….   The Greek word from which it is derived (kleeros), simply means something fixed or determined — which may according to the application be either 'position' or 'portion' (of the Lord's inheritance)….