"You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over (katakurieuo) them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you..." (Matthew 20:25).
"Unfortunately, the Western penchant for "offices" and "positions" has caused many Christians to bring these ideas to the Biblical text and view elders as official. But such thinking confuses the oversight of the early church with modern social conventions. It also strips the leadership terminology found in the Bible of its native meaning."