Elders means in the bible: In the Bible, elders are used in many ways. It is often used in Old Testament to refer to older members of a tribe who are usually responsible for governing affairs. They were often sought out for their advice due to their experience and age. It was not always a call to the priesthood. Gen. 50:7, Ruth 4:2, Matt. This usage is illustrated in Acts 4:15 and 15:2.
(in Bible Dictionary)