I know that there were elders in the early church. I also know that there is a viewpoint that the term presbuteros relates to function rather than positon and can therefore be seen as one of the functions of the Pastor and not a seperate functional entity. I am not really keen at this point to enter a debate on plurality of eldership as that is a subject in itself. What I am interested in is viewpoints on the outworking of the title/function elder particaularly as it relates to decision making. Does an elder in his exercise of oversight have the biblical not traditional sanction to make arbitrary decisions of any kind? And if so what are the parameters of those decisions?