Paul "Sonny" Janeway

Chuck Kolinchak









Elders are to be appointed in every church (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5). In the New Testament, elders are also called presbyters (1 Timothy 4:14); bishops (Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1,2); overseers (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2); pastors (Ephesians 4:11,12); and shepherds (1 Peter 5:1-4). The word "pastor" is simply another word for "shepherd." Evangelists are never called pastors in the New Testament. The elders of the local congregation are the pastors (shepherds) of each local church (1 Peter 5:1-4).

Not every man can be an elder. This work is of such great importance that the Holy Spirit provided qualifications for those who would be an elder. These qualifications are listed in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-13. The Scriptures require that there be more than one elder serving in the local congregation. The Bible says "elders" [plural] (Acts 14:23; 20:17,18,28). These elders are to guide, guard and feed the flock of God (1 Peter 5:1-4; Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:17).