What is an armor bearer? In Scripture, an armor-bearer (also spelled armorbearer and armor bearer) was a servant who carried additional weapons for commanders, in others words , a protector. In the church, an armor bearer duties range widely, but generally speaking, a church armor-bearer carries the “armor” of a church leader, such as the leader’s Bible “the sword of the Spirit” A church armor-bearer essentially serves as a church leader’s bodyguard.

Armor Bearers are not elected but are appointed by the Pastor from congregants who are in good standing, who are tithers, and who love the church and the Shepherd.
The main function of one who is designated as an armor bearer is that of service, for the biblical armor bearer was much more than a hired hand. An armor bearer was a person who undoubtedly spent many years, if not one’s entire life, in the leader’s service. If you area in such position, here are some of your duties.

You must make the advancement of the leader the most important goal.

You must possess endless strength so as to thrust, press and force their way onward without giving way under harsh treatment.

You must follow directives immediately and correctly.

You must provide strength for the leader.

You must have a deep-down sense of respect for the leader, and acceptance for and tolerance of, the leader’s personality and their way of doing things.

You must instinctively understand the leader’s thoughts.

You must walk in agreement with and submission to the leader.

You must be a support to the leader.

You must be an effective communicator.

You must have a disposition that will eagerly gain victories for the leader.

You must have the ability to minister strength and courage to the leader.

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” (Philippians 2:3-4 NLT)

If you in such position of an armor bearer, here is one example of how you should pray for the one you are protecting.

Monday - Pray for your leader as a pastor - bringing the love of Jesus to those around them, shepherding their church members.

Tuesday - Pray for their preaching ministry, that they would hear, and believe God’s word, and proclaim it faithfully - being effective in their communication.

Wednesday - Pray for their leadership role - seeking future vision, and leading the church into that vision, encouraging and enabling church members in ministry.

Thursday - Pray for your pastors’ own walk of faith - for their prayer life, for their faith, that they would grow spiritually and in their love for God

Friday - Pray for their personal time - for relaxation and renewal, to avoid the pressures and stress of ministry.

Saturday - If your pastor is married, pray for them as husband/ wife, and if appropriate, as father / mother. Otherwise pray for their relationships with those who are close to them.

Sunday - Pray for them as they lead worship and in their roles as church leader - particularly their relationships with church members, and any relationships that are difficult at this time.

Carl Mathis: author of Life is what you make it - Seven steps to moving forward
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