MEET OUR ELDERS
THE NEED OF GOOD ELDERSHIP
The organization of a local church consists of bishops (elders), deacons, and members (Philippians 1:1). The need of elders is seen in the work God has assigned to them. Elders are to be examples to the flock, take the oversight (superintend), and take heed to the flock (1 Peter. 5: 3; 1 Peter 5: 2; Acts 20: 28). Elders have the responsibility of tending to the flock, watching for grievous wolves, and stopping the mouths of vain talkers or purveyors of error (1 Peter 5: 1, 2, ASV; Acts 20: 29-31; Titus 1: 9-11). Elders are not businessmen simply in charge of the secular or monetary workings of the local church, but rather they are to be engaged in a spiritual work of soul keeping.