The church we read about in the Bible was organized in a very simple way. The pattern in Scripture is to have 2 or more qualified men overseeing each local congregation or church (Titus 1:5; Acts 14:23). These men can be referred to by their Scriptural name or duty such as "elders" (Acts 20:17; Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1), "overseers" (Acts 20:28; Titus 1:7), or "to shepherd/pastors" (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2-5; Ephesians 4:11-13). Each man must meet several high qualifications which the Bible lists in two passages (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). Elders are the spiritual leaders of a congregation. Here at the Lakeview church of Christ we are blessed to have men that watch out for the souls of our members.
Walter Boyd Joe Burden