Ekklesia is a Greek word commonly translated as “church” but defined as “a called-out assembly or congregation.”
Being a partner in the church is important because it helps define the pastor’s responsibility.
Hebrews 13:17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Cf. Romans 13:1-7
Jesus is known as the Chief Shepherd of His Church and has stewarded the under-shepherding to pastors.
1 Peter 5:1-4 1 So I exhort the elders [Greek, presbyteros] among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock [Greek, poimen] of God that is among you, exercising oversight [Greek, episkopeō], not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
We believe the title of elder, pastor, and bishop are used interchangeably in the scriptures.
At Eleven Sixteen though, we use the term elder(s) when speaking of the leadership team as a whole, and primarily use the term pastor when referring to an individual elder. We also consider all members of our elder team to have an equal voice when considering church issues and making decisions.
In scripture you always see a plurality in elders. This gives perspective and accountability to all the leaders. Cf. Acts 15:4; 20:17; 1 Timothy 5:17, Titus 1:5
Elders should be qualified. Cf. Titus 1:5-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Peter 5:1-4
Elders are to care for the church by being accessible and available. Cf. James 5:14; Acts 6:4; 20:7
Elders are to teach, equip, and protect the church from false teaching. Cf. Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 4:1-2; Titus 1:9
Elders are the primary leadership and oversight of the church. Cf. Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:1-2; Hebrews 13:17
1 Timothy 2:1-3 1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,
Pray for your leaders.