A number of years ago, church order made provisions for a local congregation to request Classis to approve a lay leader the license to exhort for a varitey of reasons. The one I was familiar with was a congregation remotely located and this person licensed to exhort could assist the pastor with leading in worship and was approved to exhort after examination by the local classis. It is now my understanding that this work can now be met with the office of the Commisioned Pastor. Again, one who has been examined by the local classis and can now assist the pastor in the leading of worship and to be engaged in the Minsitry of the Word. I think I have most of my facts straight with the exception of maybe the use of terms which may be incorrect.
My question is, may a local Council use a lay person whom they deem acceptable to lead in worship, including the preaching of the Word?