The New Testament is clear that the church has One Shepherd, namely the Lord Jesus Christ. This chief Shepherd intends to pastor His church through the agency of plurality of eldership in every congregation. Elders are to be men who:

-struggle well with the standards of eldership (1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus1:5-9)

-shepherd the flock of God by exercising oversight (1 Peter 5:1-4)

-desire the office (1 Tim 3:1)

-are made overseers by the Holy Spirit (Acts 20:28)

"A particular church, gathered and completely organized according to the mind of Christ, consists of officers and members; and the officers appointed by Christ to be chosen and set apart by the church (so called and gathered), for the peculiar administration of ordinances, and execution of power or duty, which he entrusts them with, or calls them to, to be continued to the end of the world, are bishops or elders, and deacons."

1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith