Role of the Elders
What we commonly call “elders” today are laymen appointed to serve the congregation in its temporal affairs and to assist the pastor in administrative tasks. An example of this is found in Acts 6:1-6:
“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.”
Later such men came to be known as the “deacons” (meaning “servants”). As you can see, Scripture does not define the exact role of such deacons, only their qualifications (1 Timothy 3:8-13). Scripture gives them no special spiritual responsibilities in the congregation beyond those given to every Christian.
While the office of pastor is divinely instituted and indispensable for the Church, the elder is an optional office based on Apostolic and church custom.
The deacon or elder is a position of lay-service, concerned with the temporal and administrative affair of the congregation. In many congregations deacons or elders are also charged with oversight of the pastor. But, rightly understood according to Scripture, they exercise only that oversight given to every Christian in the congregation.
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