The New Testament writers often referred to “shepherds” bishops, overseers or elders when referring to local churches who must give an account for the sheep under their care (Hebrews 13.17). A list of their qualities can be found in 1 Timothy 3.1-7, 1 Peter 5.1-4 and Titus 1.5-9. The word Shepherd means Pastor. Shepherds primarily concern themselves with the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of the Christian flock under their care. Working together with the minister, church staff, and deacons, these men and their spouses seek to nurture the growth and well-being of the Christians in their local church.
Their primary concern is for PEOPLE, not programs or budgets that’s why the New Testament refers to elders as “shepherds.” Elders serve as mentors, teachers, and enablers to help each Christian under their care grow up into the fullness of Christ (Eph 4:11-13).