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The Armor Bearer – Their Examination Process Before Appointment

These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.

I Tim. 3:10 NASB

The sins of some men are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins follow after. 25 Likewise also, deeds that are good are quite evident, and those which are otherwise cannot be concealed.

I Tim. 5:24-25 NASB

In selecting prospective armorbearers, the examination of their moral, emotional and spiritual well being for the position must be strongly considered. A leader must include a formal and public scrutiny of a prospective armorbearer. In the above scriptures, Paul says, "And let these also first be tested: - then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach." Even though this scripture is specifically addressing deacons, this principal remains intact for anyone serving in the Church, especially those with the spirit of armorbearing. I Timothy 5: 24-25 also shows us that an assessment of character and deeds is necessary in order to avoid the pain of tomorrow due to the selection of a wrong candidate.

Proper Character Assessment

The assessment process of an amorbearer's character is very critical. The assessment must not be done by the leader alone. A wise leader will often use the voice of the congregation as a sounding board to increase the likelihood of a good choice. Because the prospective armorbearer should already serve among the congregation, the people should be given a voice in the examination and approving process of the candidate. This is powerful because there may be some people in a congregation that may have pertinent information regarding a prospective armorbearer that the leader does not have, so their input in the evaluation process is absolutely essential, regardless of how that process is carried out.

Objections and Accusations

If there are any objections and accusations that are brought up about a prospective candidate's character the eldership of that church must investigate to determine the validity of the charges and then weigh how scripturally based the charges are and what degree they should be addressed.

If the charges prove to lack validity, the objections and accusations should be dismissed. No prospective candidate should be refused or rejected because of someone else personal bias or prejudices. Congregational members must ultimately level scriptural reasons for the objections. Keep in mind this isn't a political election where people vote for their favorite candidate. It is an assessment of a prospective candidate's character, with Scripture as the hallmark.

Checking Other Indicators

This selection process may sound a bit tedious. That maybe because we often select people to serve in church based on popularity, giftedness or need. But a person's character is very important. An armorbearer who lacks integrity could bring shame upon themselves, the ministry and the leaders that they serve.

Besides a candidate's character, there are other important indicators to consider for inspection. These include the candidate's:

Doctrinal beliefs

Family and martial life

Emotional health

Ministry ambitions

Personal giftedness

Commitment of time

Degree of being teachable

Prayer life

Tithes

Good listeners

Loyalty

Submission to authority

Optimism

Confidential

One of the greatest areas of inspection of a prospective candidate for armorbearing is in their ability to receive the vision that they are a part of. This is crucial. An armorbearer is often the next greatest interpreter of the vision upon the house (besides the leader) that God has given. Often, it is the armor bearer who communicates, in layman's terms, encouragement to the congregation as they follow there leader, who is following Christ.

The Installation Process

These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.

I Tim 3:10 NASB

After the selection and examination process has been concluded successfully, the candidate should be publicly installed into service. The word 'first' in the above scripture tells us that there is an order to observe when appointing people to service. Any individual desiring to serve as an armorbearer must first be examined. Only after he or she is shown to be biblically qualified can they then be installed to function.

Proven and Tried

We have only dealt with the examination process of an armor bearer. This process should be conducted in the early stages before selection. After being selected, the armor bearer will go through years of building trust in their leader's heart towards them. This is what the Bible speaks of when it talks about people being proven. An armorbearer becomes proven as they continue to serve.



Source by Perry Mallory