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Scripture uses

Three words

These words are used interchangeably to refer to the function of one and the same person: 

  • Presbuteros

    Elder (executes God’s justice and government and administrates the affairs of the church).

  • Episcopos

    Overseer or bishop (oversees, a guardian, gatekeeper or watchman).

  • Poimain

    Shepherd or pastor (shepherd the flock, nurture and care for the flock, feed the flock). 

    See Acts 20:17, 28; Titus 1:5,7; 1 Peter 5:1-2