He'd known it would fail, but the elders of the Planetary Council had called in their last favor.
17, 28; "he sent and called for the elders of the church....
It is consistent with this view to argue the absolute parity of ministers and elders, conceding to all presbyters" equal right to teach, to rule, to administer the sacraments, to take part in the ordination of ministers, and to preside in church courts."The practice of the Presbyterian churches of the present day is in accord with the first-named theory.
The pastors were to preach, administer the sacraments, and in conjunction with the elders to exercise discipline.