Is the modern role of pastor Biblical? I am not talking about the role mentioned in Ephesians 4:11, but about the modern role of 'pastor.' What I see in scripture is that the apostles appointed elders, who were commanded to 'pastor' the church of God. (Acts 20:28, I Peter 5.) THese men are referred to as overseers (traditionally 'bishops.') (Acts 20:28, I Timothy 3. Titus 1.) The elders served in a plurality, a group. They were the elders of the church, not one elder. Elders were charged with pastoring the church of God, not just sitting on a board and making decisions. Elders were appointed FROM WITHIN the congregation. They were not hired from without. They were already a part of their respective church communities. Elders were strictly commanded not to pastor 'for filthy lucre.' If someone turns down a pastorate because the salary is less than at another church, what does that say. 'Elder' also implies age, since the word can be translated 'older man.' The use of the Greek word in I Timothy 5:1 and 5:17. Also, notice the contrast between addressing elders, charged with pastoring, and addressing the 'younger' in I Peter 5:5. How does the modern practice stand up in light of scripture? What is the Biblical basis for the one-man hired pastorate. I've looked all over my Bible for it, and I cannot find it. It's not in there.