ELDERS – So long, then, as in every community there are some more advanced in knowledge, experience, and years than others, and so long as every Christian community has the living oracles, – the writings and teachers of the apostles and prophets – there is not a case likely to happen, in which it will be lawful to forsake the assembling of themselves together for all the acts of social worship, and all the means of edification and consolation in the truth, because of the want of officers or persons to serve them in any capacity. If they are all such perfect babes in Christ – INFANTS unable to speak a single word to edification – let them READ, and sing and commemorate the Savior’s death, with the book in their hands, under the presidency of the oldest infants in the Lord among them. The senior infants, chosen and appointed to lead the way, are to them, elders and overseers in the Lord ... For if the church is composed of such very babes, they will not require learned men to instruct them. One that is a few days in advance will be relatively a senior among them, and fit to assist them in the Lord ... The apostles were always the elders in every church where they sojourned..."—Alexander Campbell, Millennial Harbinger, pp. 495-501, 1835