What are elders called to be?

"Through the offices of the church (minister of Word and sacrament, elders, deacons, and professors of theology), Christ is represented to the community of faith." That's how the "Faithful Consistories" document begins its summary of the mission of the church.

Elders attend to sound teaching and discipline within the church, and to the spiritual well-being of the congregation, ensuring that members are nurtured through Scripture, worship, the sacraments, and prayer.

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