Notice that in all these cases, financial support is tied to preaching and teaching. All elders must be able to teach (1 Tim. 3:2
), and their job description includes exhorting in sound doctrine and refuting those who oppose it (Tit. 1:9
). But 1 Timothy 5:17-18
seems to indicate that some elders will be especially devoted to, and gifted in, the work of preaching and teaching. These are singled out for special honor—including pay.