Offices and Supervision of Doctrine

The Office of Elder

The specific duties of the office of elder are, together with the ministers of the Word, to have supervision over Christ's church, that every member may conduct himself properly in doctrine and life according to the gospel; and faithfully to visit the members of the congregation in their homes to comfort, instruct, and admonish them with the Word of God, reproving those who behave improperly. They shall exercise Christian discipline according to the command of Christ against those who show themselves unbelieving and ungodly and refuse to repent and shall watch that the sacraments are not profaned. Being stewards of the house of God, they are further to take care that in the congregation all things are done decently and in good order, and to tend the flock of Christ which is in their charge. Finally, it is the duty of elders to assist the ministers of the Word with good counsel and advice and to supervise their doctrine and conduct.

Kerkorde CanRC (1985)



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Kerkorde FRCA (2003) 20
Kerkorde GKN (1905) Art. 23
Kerkorde GKv (1978) Art. 21
Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 23
Kerkorde VGKSA (2005) 21

Oene, W.W.J. van (1990) Art. 22