James states: "Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;..." When is it appropriate to call for the elders? Is this sickness, that James is referring, only that which could be considered one that is incurable; or, is it for any ache and pain. Some of the members are stiff-necked and the staff are themselves a pain, would this qualify? What if the elders are sick, too? Whom do they call? More to the point, in the last year, I have noticed a remarkable decline in mental and physical strength. Do I wait for a total collapse before calling the elders? Frankly, I would greet the opening of eternity's door with joy, why then would I even desire to call the elders? Given that there are on the BB those who have experience in the work that James declares, I thought this thread might be a good start for some ground work done on when, how, what parameters, ... go along with the theme "call for the elders." Of course, for the Baptists who are preacher lead (because they contend that the pastor/elder is a single office) and have only one pastor, what do the members do when James says call for the elders (plural)? If you are an elder, have you ever been called by the sick to anoint and pray in the name of the Lord as James states?