Elders, shepherds, pastors, overseers, presbyters, bishops, whichever biblical name we use to describe these brothers, we are talking about an important part of God’s plan for the local church. The above verses tell us this role of guidance is reserved for mature men who have learned control and submission to God. They have demonstrated their ability by raising submissive children and managing their household well. They are men who are willing to teach and feed the sheep of the congregation.
Hebrews 13:17 says they are watching for our souls and will give account for them. They definitely have a great responsibility. As Peter said, they shepherd us, guiding and leading us on to heaven, feeding us with wisdom from God’s word. Sometimes they do this by teaching the entire congregation, sometimes by teaching classes, sometimes by mentoring individuals. Whatever the case, their job is ceaseless and we appreciate their sacrifice.
We are privileged to have the men below serving and leading us as our shepherds.
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.” (Acts 20:28)