Officebearers can face challenges in working with the youth of the church. This article looks at the nature of such challenges, and proposes a way in which those challenges can be faced. Elders should be able to help young people in their life of serving the Lord.
In the Old Testament, gatekeepers played a big role in guarding the holiness of the tabernacle and temple in reference to those who were coming to worship. This role was fulfilled in Christ. Today, officebearers serve as gatekeepers, and Christians can be gatekeepers as citizens of their country.
When the church needs to find new officebearers, she must focus on the spiritual qualifications as stipulated in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. She must also understand the nature of the work of the elder - that he is called to be an overseer, shepherd, steward, and leader.
When the church needs to find new officebearers, she must remember that God is the One who calls to office, and that He simply uses the church to call officebearers. The church shows her dependence on God through prayer. This has implications for the church in regard to the method used in calling officebearers.
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 offices in the church as gifts of Christ. The article also discusses how many offices Christ gives, how and why God gives officebearers, and the task and the authority of officebearers.