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What is the role of the elder?

Submitted: 10/11/2012
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Question: Could you help provide the details on the roles of the following functions in the local church: 1. Elders 2. Shepherd 3. Bishop 4. Overseer

Answer: In the Bible, all of these functions are the same men of a local assembly. Titus 1:5-7 makes clear that elders are bishops. Acts 20:17 and 28 make clear that elders do the work of shepherding and overseeing a local assembly. For a detailed description of their role, please read our article called 'The Operations of the Elder Team' found on Shelf 3 of the Apostolic Free Library on this website.