God’s design for Church leadership is for each individual congregation to be led by a group of leaders designated as elders.
Elder is the title for the leadership position, whereas overseer and pastor are terms used for the work of the leaders. Evidence would indicate that the terms elder, overseer and pastor all refer to the same person/leader (I Peter 5:1-2; Titus 1:5,7; Ephesians 4:11). The fact that the title elder is primarily used in the plural form in the NT (e.g. Acts 14:5; Titus 1:5; James 5:14) indicates that the ruling body of leaders in each local church was a plurality of godly men identified as elders.
Although women will minister in many ways related to the ministry of elders, and they have gifts that overlap with eldership, Scripture does not provide for women to hold the office of elder in the local Church (I Timothy 2:11-13; 3:1-2…
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