Lehrer (Dutch, Leraar), translated "teacher," the name commonly used for minister or preacher in the earlier days of the Anabaptist-Mennonite movement in Europe, and well into the 19th century. Its use is based on Ephesians 4:11, and came into currency among the pre-Reformation sects. It was probably intended to clearly repudiate the sacerdotal and clerical concept of priest (Catholic) or official pastor (Protestant) and to emphasize the basic teaching function of the minister, who was also commonly called Diener des Wortes (servant of the Word), and who was not primarily to administer sacraments but rather was to expound, interpret, and apply the message of God's Word.
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