Honor your long-service Elder with this handsome Elder Emeritus Pin/Tie Tack, featuring a red chalice with “Well done good and faithful servant” around the top and bottom edges. The Pin is gold-plated and is 1” in diameter.
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Did you know. . .
“Since the early 1800s, when the Disciples began, our understanding of the ministry and practices of ordination have gradually changed. In many congregations the ministry consisted of local elders and deacons who were ordained by the congregation to be its leaders. In addition to these permanent local ministers, Disciples maintained evangelists who traveled from place to place, preaching, founding new congregations, and organizing them permanently for their congregational life. In other congregations a pastor was the primary, and sometimes only, ministerial leader. By the middle years of the century, the pattern stabilized with elders and deacons in every congregation and with the expectation that congregations that were strong enough would also have a settled, full-time pastor. . . .
“Elders continue to be leaders of congregations, with responsibilities to offer the church's prayers at communion. In most places elders are not ordained even though they are a part of the spiritual leadership of the congregation. The clarification of the eldership is one task still before Disciples.”
--From the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada website. (http://www.disciples.org)