Armor Bearers

Frank Smith
Co-Servant Leader

Mary E. Young
Co-Servant Leader

"David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “ Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him." (1 Samuel 16: 21-22)

What is an Armor Bearer?

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.”

Duties of an Armor Bearer

  • Must provide strength for the leader
  • 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
  • Must instinctively understand the leader’s thoughts
  • Must walk in agreement with and submission to the leader
  • Must make the advancement of the leader the most important goal
  • Must possess endless strength so as to thrust, press and force their way onward without giving way under harsh treatment
  • Must follow directives immediately and correctly
  • Must be a support to the leader
  • Must be an effective communicator
  • Must have a disposition that will eagerly gain victories for the leader
  • Must have the ability to minister strength and courage to the leader

(God’s Armor Bearer, Terry Nance)

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)