Of course, this raises the important question of ‘office’. Is church leadership merely functional, or is there an ‘office’ of pastor or elder to which someone may be appointed. If New Testament eldership carries with it such a weighty responsibility, it would make sense that one would be explicitly appointed to the task. The responsibility to keep watch over the lives of the congregation is not something given to every single Christian. The reason for having a specific role to which a person is appointed is obvious – it is a unique responsibility, and one to which an elder or minister will be held account. The responsibility is to proclaim the ‘whole counsel of God’.