Chapter 12 » 12.19

Eldership and oversight

Sharing responsibility for pastoral care

[Let not] Friends in the station of overseer … take a limited view of their duties… To them is committed the oversight of the flock, in the love of Christ. [Let them] give themselves to this … duty in faith and prayer, seeking, in the wisdom of God, to encourage all in the right way of the Lord; to bind up that which is broken; to bring home the wanderers; to visit the sick and the afflicted; and to extend loving care over the young and inexperienced. Desirable as it is that some should be specially entrusted with these duties, an earnest concern has prevailed that all may take their right share in the privilege of watching over one another for good.

Yearly Meeting in London, 1871

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