"Edited by H. Richard Niebuhr and Daniel D. Williams".
"Copyright 1956. First edition". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"The authors of this study of the Christian ministry in its historical development were enlisted for the project by the directors of the survey of theological education in the United States and Canada which was undertaken in 1954 under the sponsorship of the American Association of Theological Schools. .... our attention was inevitably drawn toward a review of what the ministry has been, the forces which have shaped its forms and practice, and to the asking of some new questions which present experience raises concerning the ways in which the church and its ministry can cope with their fundamental task in the world. .... The aim of the writers was not simply a chronological account of the ministry in various periods, but a symposium in which a variety of viewpoints on the meaning of the historical development would be presented". -- Intro.
Contents: Introduction dated 29 July 1956 / The Editors -- The Ministry in the Primitive Church / John Knox -- The Ministry of the Ante-Nicene Church (c. 125-315) / George H. Williams -- The Ministry in the Later Patristic Period (314-450) / George H. Williams -- The Ministry in the Middle Ages / Roland H. Bainton -- The Ministry in the Time of the Continental Reformation / Wilhelm Pauck -- Priestly Ministries in the Modern Church / Edward R. Hardy, Jr. -- The Ministry in the Puritan Age / Winthrop S. Hudson -- The Rise of the Evangelical Conception of the Ministry in America: 1607-1850 / Sidney E. Mead -- The Protestant Ministry in America: 1859 to the Present / Robert S. Michaelsen -- Notes -- Index.