Does anyone know when or why our churches started using the word "Pastor" as the primary designation for a Elder/Overseer. The later terms are by far the most used in scripure, in fact there only 2 cases in the NT where one even sees the word "pastor/shepherd" in which usage is not refering to an actual sheep-handler, refering to God/Jesus as a shepherd." 1. NOUN: Ephesians 4:11 - And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers. (not really a list of official church offices is it?) 2. VERB: 1 Pet. 5:1 - Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, (This is addressed to elders, but more as something they DO as opposed to a title). Why do we now prefer the title "Pastor" to Elder/overseer? Is it because we simply don't like the idea of having a "overseer", and we think It's weird for a 70 year old to call a 30 year old "Elder."? Does anyone know the history of the change?