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“The elders who are among you I exhort,

I who am a fellow elder,” 1 Peter 5’1.

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“The elder, to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth,” 3 John 1.

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"... appoint elders in every city ..." Titus 1'5.

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"... let him call for the elders of the assembly,

and let them pray over him,

anointing him with oil

in the name of the Lord,” James 5’14.


Kingdom Eldership first came into focus during the Disciples' 10 days of waiting for "the promise of the Father" prior to the Day of Pentecost.

The Apostles were either told by the Lord, or it was revealed to them by the Spirit, that they were to be the first Elders. Acts 1’15-17,20 says:

"... in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples

(altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty) and said,

'Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled,

which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas,

who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus;

for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry'"...

"... it is written in the book of Psalms … ‘Let another take his oversight’”.

The Greek word for oversight (v20) is episcope meaning overseeing and it comes from episcopos which is always translated elder. Peter also refers to this ministry.

The Greek word for ministry (17) is diakonia which means service or to serve (from diakonos which is usually translated minister).

Peter goes on to say that the one to fulfill the scripture would have to be from among the "men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us".

His use of the words "overseeing" and "this ministry" are at the heart of what an elder is. In this instance an overseer was needed but, importantly, he must first be a servant.

The 120 chose Matthias (Acts 1’20-26) who had been with Jesus from the day John declared: "Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world," John 1'29. 

These first 12 Elders would lead the way in “preaching the Kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ,” Acts 28'31.

Of the Saints who were saved some were Servants and some Elders of whom would be Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds and Teachers.