F O U N D A T I O N S 42 50 Because pastoral leadership means service, we call those who carry this responsibility “servants of the Word.” According to the New Testament, this task can be given only to a brother who fulfills scriptural requirements as regards his personal conduct and life of faith. Any brother who is baptized and has taken member- ship vows can be suggested for the service of the Word by any other member, and if the church community agrees, he may be appointed. If he is married, he does this service together with his wife, who shares and is essential to his particular obligation to care for souls. An appointment to the service of the Word is made on a trial basis. If after a time of testing and preparation a brother’s service is unanimously recognized as given by God, the appointment will be publicly confirmed through the laying on of hands on him and his wife, conferring the authority of the church. Each Bruderhof usually has several servants of the Word. They work together as a pastoral team among themselves and with the other brothers and sisters who are responsible for the various spiritual and temporal aspects of the common life. 51 The task of a servant of the Word is to care for all in the church community in body and soul and to witness to the gospel. A servant of the Word’s main concern should be pastoral care. He and his wife are called to bear the compassion of Christ toward each person, with the goal 1 Tim 2:11–12; 3:1–7 Titus 1:5–9 Acts 14:21—15:2 Acts 18:26; 1 Cor 9:5 2 Cor 12:15 1 Tim 4:14 Acts 14:23; 20:17 1 Pet 5:1–4; 1 Tim 4:12–16 John 21:15–17