This article makes a plea to be consistent in separating the function of elders and deacons, thus excluding deacons from the consistory (except when they are specifically required, as stipulated by the church order). This will help each office to concentrate on their own work and calling.
The fact that churches work with so many committees poses the danger that the church may be ruled by these committees. This can happen when church councils neglect their duty and when information is manipulated by the church committee members. However, when committees remember that they are servants and are accountable to the church council, their service will be of benefit to the church.
Should women be alowed to vote for officebearers? This author maintains that only men should vote. The decision not to let women vote should not be taken personally. Voting men in the church represent the whole church; this is in line with our biblical example.
This article looks at the question if there is two or three offices in the church. The author discusses the relation between the task of the minister and the elder, and focuses on the preacher as minister of the Word, the administration of the sacraments and the blessing in the worship service. 1 Timothy 5:17 is also discussed in this article.