Church pastors or ministry leaders select armor bearers to support them, especially with prayer. They are so named because in Old Testament times, kings selected certain officers to stand with them in war and to bear their armor. Several passages refer to armor bearers including Judges 9:54; and I Samuel 14:7, 16:21 and 31:6.
Armor bearers fulfill a wide variety of duties, depending mostly on the leader's needs. Generally, men should serve other men and women should serve women because assistance with personal issues is usually part of the armor bearer's duties.
Ministry and service to people comes with its own unique set of demands. An armor bearer needs to be sensitive to this and know his leader, even before he accepts the job of an armor bearer. Many armor bearers travel with their leaders to assist them with all aspects of service and ministry. A long-term commitment will benefit both the leader and the armor bearer.