1 Peter 5:1-4
So I exhort the elders among you, m as a fellow elder and n a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed:
o shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, p not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; q not for shameful gain, but eagerly;
not r domineering over those in your charge, but s being examples to the flock.
And when t the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the u unfading v crown of glory.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
2 John 1:1
The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth.
3 John 1:1
The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
You are witnesses of these things.
These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted.
He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep.
But I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord.
1 Timothy 3:8
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.
For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain.
The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.
But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
2 Corinthians 1:24
Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.
Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.
2 Thessalonians 3:9
It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity.
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant.
1 Peter 1:4
To an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.
1 Corinthians 9:25
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.