I don't know no if this is where I send these type of questions, but if not please direct me to the right place.
Yes, this is the right place. Thank you for getting in touch!
I thought I remember reading in the Spirit of Prophecy awhile back that it is unhealthy to elect the same officers year after year especially elders because they will set the tone of the church. But I can't find it anywhere.
If it exist can you find it for me and send it to me? Thanx
I did not find a statement which said just what you asked about. (This is not the same as telling you that it doesn't exist!) I did find the following entry from the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, pp. 914-915, which gives some guidance about choosing officers but makes their election subject to their qualifications rather than their length of service. Here it is:
Carefulness in Selecting Church Leaders.-- May the Lord impress upon the minds and hearts of all connected with the sacred work of God, the importance of ascertaining whether those who are to minister as deacons and elders are suitable men to be entrusted with the flock of God. Jesus calls Himself the "Good Shepherd." He does this in contrast with those who occupy positions of trust in connection with the church, but who have no right to these places, because they put a wrong mold upon the work. What is natural will appear. Compare the Good Shepherd, who gave His life for His sheep, with those who are filled with self-esteem, puffed up, dictatorial, loving to rule in the church. The prophets have specified Christ's attributes. They foretold Him as a gentle Shepherd, who would carry the lambs in His bosom. There are others pointed out by prophecy, who have accepted the position of leaders and religious instructors, whom the Word of God rebukes for their neglect, in their ignorance, to do the work which they should have been doing in their places of responsibility (MS 176, 1898).
Having pastored several churches myself, I can see the wisdom of reviewing the kind of service an elder or other church leader is giving and whether this is just what the church needs at the time. We should be able to make changes when they are needed. However, some who have served a long time are still ideal for the work they are doing, and the church may be hurt by a 'term limits' law which artificially decrees that they must step aside. Since I found no instruction in Mrs. White's writings suggesting such limits, and the Bible does not contain any, I would be reluctant to try to make this a general rule.
I hope this is useful to you. Thank you for writing, and God bless!
William Fagal, Director
Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-1400 USA
Phone: 616 471-3209
FAX: 616 471-6166
Website: www.WhiteEstate.org or www.egwestate.andrews.edu