Therefore, I have a request for the elders among you. (I ask this as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ's sufferings, and as one who shares in the glory that is about to be revealed.) I urge the elders:
Like shepherds, tend the flock of God among you. Watch over it. Don't shepherd because you must, but do it voluntarily for God. Don't shepherd greedily, but do it eagerly.
Don't shepherd by ruling over those entrusted to your care, but become examples to the flock.
And when the chief shepherd appears, you will receive an unfading crown of glory.