A Plurality of Local Elders
Simply put: Elders are called to "be examples to the flock." (1 Peter 5:3) The most important ministry of Elders is to be examples of sound doctrine in action. This is why the qualifications for church Elders (1 Tim. 3:1-15) are based on a man's ability to manage his own household well. In the context of that life example, through ministry hospitality, each Elder is best able to teach sound Bible doctrine. The elders at James Island Christian Church are made up of 5-7 men who represent both paid and unpaid leaders. Our Senior Pastor serves as the leader of the office staff and the "first among equals" among the Eldership.
For a more detailed understanding of the role of the elders, see this article.