"Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues." -- I Corinthians 12: 27-28
The Divine Purpose --"As our numbers increased, it was evident that without some form of organisation there would be great confusion, and the work would not be carried forward successfully. To provide for the support of the ministry, for carrying the work in new fields, for protecting both the churches and the ministry from unworthy members, for holding church property, for the publication of the truth through the press, and for many other objects, organisation was indispensable." -- Testimonies to Ministers , p. 26.
Lord's Business Demands Order --"The Lord is not pleased with the present lack of order and accuracy among those who do business in connection with His work. Even in the business meetings of the conference, much time could be saved and many mistakes avoided, by a little more study and punctuality. Everything that bears any relation to the work of God should be as nearly perfect as human brains and hands can make it." -- Gospel Workers , p. 460
General Conference in Session Highest Authority -- "I have often been instructed by the Lord that no man's judgement should be surrendered to the judgement of any other one man. Never should the mind of one man or the minds of a few men be regarded as sufficient in wisdom and power to control the work, and to say what plans should be followed.
But when, in a General Conference, the judgement of the brethren assembled from all parts of the field, is exercised, private independence and private judgement must not be stubbornly maintained, but surrendered. Never should a labourer regard as a virtue the persistent maintenance of his position of independence, contrary to the decision of the general body. . . . God has ordained that the representatives of His church from all parts of the earth, when assembled in a General Conference, shall have authority. The error that some are in danger of committing, is in giving to the mind and judgement of one man, or of a small group of men, the full measure of authority and influence that God has vested in His church, in the judgement and voice of the General Conference assembled to plan for the prosperity and advancement of His work." -- Volume 9 , pp. 260-1.
Solemn Responsibility --"Solemn are the responsibilities resting upon those who are called to act as leaders in the church of God today."-- Acts of the Apostles , p. 92.
Demands Measured by Influence --"Heaven is watching to see how those occupying positions of influence fulfill their stewardship. The demands upon them as stewards are measured by the extent of their influence."-- Gospel Workers , p. 495.
Responsibility of Leadership No Child's Play --"The position occupied by my husband is not an enviable one. It requires the closest attention, care, and mental labour. It requires the exercise of sound judgement and wisdom. It requires self-denial, a whole heart, and a firm will to push matters through. In that important position God will have a man to venture, to risk something; to move out firmly for the right, whatever may be the consequences; to battle against obstacles, and waver not, even though life be at stake." Testimonies , Vol. 1, p. 320.