F O U N D A T I O N S 44 Like every other servant of the Word, the elder must follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit speaking among the members. He must not isolate himself or put his trust in his own abilities. In deep humility and in close cooperation with the body of members and all those it has appointed to various tasks, a clear direction in all matters can be found. 53 To support the elder in his task, the members may appoint servants of the Word as bishops who care for the communities in a particular geographic region. Bishops are responsible not just to the members of the communities they serve, but to the elder and the world- wide body of members. 54 If anyone appointed to a service of leadership falls into serious sin or abuses his position, or if his service is ineffective or harmful, he should lay it down, or he will be relieved of his service by the body of members. In accordance with our vows, each member has a duty to intervene if someone is misusing a position of leadership. If there is a question of relieving the elder of his service, this step, in light of its seriousness, can be taken only by the worldwide body of members after meeting day by day for prayerful consideration and in the fear of God, heedful of Scripture’s warning never to admit a charge against a church leader except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 1 Cor 2:1–5; 2 Cor 3:4–6 Titus 1:5 1 Tim 5:20 3 Jn 1:9–10 1 Tim 5:19