Biblical Presbyterian Eldership

Such Elders were always to be respected (even by the Apostles themselves) for "the sake of their work" — that is, simply on account of the Presbyterial Office they occupied.   In fact, even the Apostles themselves gladly submitted to the advice of the Elders-insession.  Similarly, also the Elders — both individually and collectively — were to submit, both themselves and their Sessions to the decisions of the various Larger Courts of the Christian Church.   The Elders themselves were to "rule well" and — as those who must give account (also to God) — they were also to watch over the sheep  . Should Elders (like the leader Diotrophes) ever attempt to ‘lord it' over Christ s flock — today too they need to be lovingly though firmly rebuked.44