Is congregationalism a democracy? There are some striking resemblances, but the biblical answer is no.
To say that Jesus is the shepherd of his flock is to say that he’s a ruler.
Why must an elder pay close attention to himself? Isn’t that selfish? No. It’s responsible.
The man who is a shepherd of God’s people must know that he is a guardian of God’s fame, a fact in which he should find tremendous confidence.