I have posed the following concern to several pastors and New Testament scholars: If you serve as a pastor, it is taken for granted by the apostle Paul that you are also an elder. Ironically, most “Bible” churches have only one or perhaps a few of their pastors on the elder board. I have asked why this is and the common refrain is that people are worried about all the pastors forming some kind of voting bloc. What kind of message does this send about the trustworthiness of the pastors? Not much, I’m afraid.
Further, I have looked at many evangelical church web sites and the vast majority only list the “staff.” It is common to find the elders not even mentioned! Prominently featured are the pastors, but where are the elders? Some list the elders, but give no background while there is lots of ink spilled on the “senior pastor.”
We don’t need Big Kahunas, but pastors!