The Elders of Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas have rewritten the church’s “bylaws” (1988). A distinction between the Elder Board and Shepherding Elders was made. The Elder Board’s responsibility is to set the spiritual, theological, and philosophical direction of the church. Their role and function has been described in the information above. Shepherding elders are men who are Biblically qualified for the office, who have been recognized by the church body, and who function in the “shepherding elder ministry” as described by the Board of Elders. These men focus on the shepherding rather than overseeing function. They are extensions of the Elder Board, but do not meet to set policy or direction.