Elders are agents of Jehovah and carry out his work under his direction.
Sweetie, when you've been an elder for any length of time, call me and we'll talk. Then you'll understand why this statement has ex-elders here rolling on the floor, laughing. The fact that you could read Herk's essay and not be cut to the quick speaks volumes about you, and about the organization you joined. I suggest you print it out and keep it in a drawer someplace. Someday when you are older, you will appreciate it more.