Why don't Elders who are sick and elderly ever step down?

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    In my 35 years as a Witness,there have been many Elders in my congregation who were old,sick,tired,weak,and could hardly walk. They had a hard time reading the material,couldn't remember names, and sometimes forgot where they were in their reading material and talks.They never stepped down as Elders.

    What are the reasons why most never step down? Can they be asked to step down because of age?

  • OnTheWayOut
    Can they be asked to step down because of age?

    It's not listed as a reason to remove them or have them step down.
    It's seen as a sign of respect for all they have done to let them keep the title.
    It's also a way to keep them working for WTS.

    With the shortage of qualified brothers to reach out, they aren't likely to ever
    ask older ones to resign. They let them keep the title as long as they do
    something productive- conduct a bookstudy, do service meeting parts.

    Many are allowed to do more even though they might not do a great job.

    Some are smart and say their health cannot take it. Some move to a
    retirement location and refuse the title. Most love the title and hold it like
    a million dollar bill.

  • R.Crusoe

    Simply - where to go from gambling cards/soul all in???

  • Carmel

    ummm,, what does the term "elder" mean? carm

  • carla

    Give up the power and status? are you kidding? Besides, weren't they 'appointed' by the Holy Spirit? Who's about to question that?!

  • mind my own
    mind my own

    What would they do without the star treatment??


  • hotspur

    They're just following the living example set in Brooklyn........

  • Mickey mouse
    Mickey mouse

    Because they're full of pride?

  • oompa

    No....because they have actually forgotten they are an elder.................oompa

  • trevor

    Even a man with one eye is king in the land of the blind.

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