When the Lord established His church, He organized it in local congregations and planned for there to be "elders in every church" (Acts 14:23). In the New Testament these men were also called "bishops" (overseers) and "shepherds" (those who were to feed, lead, and protect the church). Peter said elders are to "shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers,...being examples to the flock" (1 Pet. 5:2-3). Further, the writer of Hebrews said that elders "watch out for your souls, as those who must give account" for the way they serve (Heb. 13:17). As your elders, we take our responsibilities seriously. We want to be more than those who make decisions for the church, though there are many decisions we must make. We want to be real shepherds and, as shepherds, love each of you and want to help you in your spiritual growth as we all journey toward heaven. We desire your prayers and your cooperation as we seek to be good shepherds.