Sermon Passages: Acts 20:28-32
Pastors/elders are called, qualified men who are members of the church, tested and known, before they become elders. The congregation must know them to recommend them or speak to their character and maturity; likewise, the existing elders must know them to ascertain whether they are qualified and if they are called to meet the present need. Additionally, in every case in the New Testament where elders are appointed, apostolic men did the final appointing, and the consistent pattern is a plurality of elders. There is wisdom and safety in this New Testament design, wherein each man brings differing perspectives, gifting, abilities, and knowledge to bear in leading the church and caring for the flock they have been called to shepherd well.