Functions and Qualifications:
The position is important.
The most important . He is a subpastor.
A religious church leader
In the absence of the pastor is the spiritual director of the local church and coordinator of all departments ...
Able to minister the word
Must be able to direct the cults of the church, by word and by doctrine.
The Work of the Old Man of the Local Church
A autoridade e obra de um ancião de igreja limita-se à igreja que o elege.
Encourage all branches of missionary action
É responsável pelo fomento e direção de todos os ramos e departamentos da obra. Deve estar pronto para ajudar a todos, deveria ser um enamorado do evangelismo, sempre desejoso a dizer: “Vamos, Avancemos”.
Relationship with the ordained minister
a) The elder should be a helper
b) To work in harmony and cooperation
c) The pastoral work of the church must be shared by both
d) Visiting the members, attending to the sick, discouraged and interested.
Direction of church services
In the absence of the pastor the elder is responsible for the church services. You should direct them, always have a prepared sermon, or have someone else do it.
A cerimônia da ceia deve ser dirigida por um pastor ordenado ou pelo ancião, na ausência do Pastor.
The Baptismal Ceremony
a) In the absence of the pastor, the elder shall request that the camp president make appropriate arrangements for the baptism.
b) Prepare tokens and if necessary to direct the baptismal class
The old man can do the sermon. But the vows and the marriage declaration are made only by an ordained minister.
Cooperate with the Association or Mission
All Church officials, including the pastor and the elder, should cooperate fully with the administrators of the Association or Mission and with the departmental leaders in promoting all local plans, the Union and the General Conference. They must inform the Church of all plans.
Promote World Missionary Work
He must promote World Missionary Work. Talk to church members and encourage them to take part in both giving and working.
Foster Faithfulness in Tithing
Much can the elder do to encourage the members of the church to return to God a faithful tithing. But he can only do so if he himself is a faithful tithing. If he is not an example in this important matter he should not be chosen for the position of elder, nor for any office of the church.
Distribution of responsibilities
The choice of a single person for various positions should not be encouraged unless circumstances dictate. The elder, especially, must be freed from other offices to efficiently fulfill the many duties of his sacred office.
Address the Commission
In the absence of the pastor the elder should direct the church commission and follow the line of work drawn by him.
It replaces the pastor in his impediments, in the limits of what he is allowed, directing the works of the Church and paying attention to the normal continuation of meetings and missionary work
Pregar sermões cristocêntricos, confortadores. Evitar pregar críticas, modas ou repreensão. Existem certos assuntos que seria melhor o Pastor falar.
To be missionary by word and example, practical
"Draw near to your brethren, seek them, help them; draw near to their hearts as one who can sympathize with their weaknesses. We can thus gain victories that our little faith has not yet learned. "