Leaders in the church who are appointed to be elders must meet all of God’s qualifications. By virtue of their greater age and experience they are to oversee, shepherd, rule the local church of Christ (read I Tim 3:1-7; Tit 1:5-9; Acts 20:17- 32; Heb 13:17; I Pet 5:1 -3). Although this office is defined by three Greek words, they have been translated into six words in English bibles: bishop, elder, overseer, presbyter, shepherd, and pastor.
The elder must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober, orderly, hospitable, able to teach, not given to much wine, gentle, not quarrelsome or a lover of money, have obedient children who are Christians, not be a novice, have a good reputation, be blameless, self-controlled, holy, holding to the sound doctrine and able to refute those who oppose it.
Elders are not self-appointed, and there is always a plurality chosen by each congregation. The work of an evangelist is not the same as that of an elder, so he is NEVER designated as “the pastor” in the bible.