Pastors may have some wonderful things to say, and some personal stories to make us feel connected to them. But in their office they are no longer private persons but Christ’s ambassadors. Through this office, assigned to them, God himself judges, justifies and commands. Similarly, elders rule and deacons serve on Christ’s behalf – not in their persons, but in assembly as office bears.
– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 115