1 Peter 5:1-4 – When one thinks of the biblical qualifications for elders, they usually go to 1 Timothy 3, or Titus 1. Those are indeed important passages on the subject. However, Peter, who spent a lot of time learning from Jesus about being a good shepherd, also tells us much on this topic in the last chapter of his first epistle. In this short exhortation to the elders of the churches Peter was writing to, we can learn much about what we should expect in those men who we choose to lead our churches.
5:1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (ESV)