Biblically, each congregation is to be overseen by a plurality of men who meet certain requirements. Their descriptive designations include, shepherds (pastors), overseers, and elders, Acts 14:23; 20:17, 23; I Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9.>
There is a particular group of servants known as deacons who help with a variety of work tasks so those more responsible for the ministry of the word and prayer might not become unduly hindered, Acts 6:1-6; I Tim. 3:8-13; Phil. 1:1.