What is the nature of an office in the church?

frog

Puritan Board Freshman
Hello,

I'm confused about what "offices" in the church are. What does it mean that elders and deacons are "offices" in the church? What does it mean for something to be an "office"? What stops Bible study leaders or those who lead the church service or those who lead prayer meetings, or any leadership position in the church, from being an "office"?
 
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