Elders are like spiritual parents in the family of God. All of the elders are in mutual submission to one another and ultimately to Jesus who is the head of his church (Col 1:18). Elders are the spiritually mature ones in the family of God who help equip and support the members of the family into greater maturity (1 Tim 3:1-7). They build up, correct, and lead through the teaching of the Word (1 Tim 3:2-5). They care for those who are hurting (1 Peter 5:1-5), pray for the sick (James 5:13-15) and refute false teaching (Titus 1:9).
Their time is spent being devoted to the study and teaching of the Word (1 Tim 5:17-18) rather than being focused on the administrative details (Acts 6:1-7). While elders get together to make decisions on behalf of the church (Acts 15), often the elders are performing their duty in the context of relationship with individuals and spiritual families like parents do with their children.