The Christian and Leadership

August 11, 2014

                                                  The Christian and Leadership

 

I find it so interesting that when Paul writes Timothy to choose leaders he looks at character and not ability. This seems to me to be one of the points in local churches that contribute to them not being successful in their mission to reach the nations with the gospel. Beginning in chapter two of first Timothy Paul gives quite a list of beginning qualifications for someone to be in leadership. They should be great worshipers and people of prayer. They should be very active in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are to pray for government officials and to desire that ALL people should be saved. They should be active in worship lifting holy hands and be people who are not quarrelsome and angry.  They are to dress modestly bringing attention to Jesus and not themselves. They are to be great learners of the ways and Word of God. Once this pool of godly people is established we can start choosing leaders from here. Chapter three then begins with Pastor/Elders and Deacons. I believe this is applicable to all who hold leadership positions in the church. It seems in many times that churches will choose a leader just because no one else will or maybe someone is talked into taking a position. May I suggest that in a lot of cases this is equivalent to taking a deadly dose of poison! Why would the church settle for people who may not be qualified or even want a position? In Baptist churches, where I live, the congregation elects a nomination committee to suggest leaders to the congregation to be voted on and placed in various offices. This cycle should begin with the expectation that leaders must first meet these beginning qualifications and then connect them with what God is directing them to do. I think if congregations will return to being honest and scrutinizing members in leadership about how they live, the church will find itself with great leaders and be much more effective in their mission of reaching the nations, especially our own. Check our 1 Timothy chapters 2 & 3 and let us return to godly and biblical leadership!

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