Here is an excellent article by Terry A. Martin that is a reminder for the church to respect the authority of the Elders even in matters of opinion (where the Scripture gives no clear judgment) and at the same time it is an appeal for the Elders to thoughtfully consider the opinions of the congregation. Martin reminds the church not to outright deny the authority of Elders, as some are counseling, just because they could abuse that authority. We don’t deny the authority of the government because it might abuse its authority. We don’t deny that fathers have authority because of fear that they might abuse it. Elders are granted authority by God for the good of the congregation. Sure it’s a risk, but not as big as the risk of having less qualified or no Leaders at all.
More on this topic:
Obey the Elders
Obey Your Servant Leaders
Selection of Elders – Congregation Involvement
Elders, Overseers, Shepherds
Greek Preposition Showing Our Relationship to Elders