In Acts 13 Luke recorded that the Holy Spirit chose Barnabas and Saul (the apostle Paul) for the important mission of spreading the gospel throughout Asia Minor. Near the end of that tour, he mentioned a return trip through several cities in that region. They were “strengthening” and “exhorting” the disciples “to continue in the faith.” The next verse states that Paul and Barnabas “appointed elders in every church” (Acts 14:21-23). Notice they did not appoint a single man to oversee a local church, but a group or plurality of men. These men were selected based on meeting certain criteria (qualifications) in their lives. Those you will find in Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus (1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).