What is the relationship of a full-time worker to his home assembly?

What is the relationship of a full-time worker to his home assembly?

He is one of the brothers in the assembly. While he is a servant of Christ and not of men (Galatians 1:10), he is as accountable to the assembly’s elders as are any others in the assembly (Hebrews 13:17). Epaphras, a "servant of Christ" was "one of you," identified with all the believers in the Colossian assembly (Colossians 4:12). The worker’s labors are an extension of that assembly’s interests, not merely his own private enterprise. Because of this, the assembly shares a prayerful interest in his work. He may have a good knowledge of the Word and may therefore be a helpful resource for the overseers, but their work has not been entrusted to him. The ideal is that elders and full-time workers esteem one another highly for their work’s sake (1 Thessalonians 5:13).

D. Oliver