Necessary résumé for church leadership
Pastor Mark Jeske
The quality of its leadership is one of the most important criteria for the growth and health of any organization, and that includes the church. St. Paul wanted congregations to be slow and cautious in lifting people up and investing authority in them. Bad leaders can damage an organization, perhaps cripple it permanently. Even worse are leaders who go off-message and spread false teachings. That can causeeternal spiritual harm to people.
St. Paul wrote three letters to some younger pastors whom he was personally training. These priceless New Testament documents are full of timeless wisdom for the church’s permanent task of finding, recruiting, training, and equipping the best leaders possible. Paul’s advice to congregations was to make sure to study a candidate’s home life: “He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)” (1 Timothy 3:4,5).
If a dad gets ignored and pushed around by his teenagers, he won’t be able to exert a firm hand in managing a larger group. If he makes his wife miserable, how do you suppose he will treat the women in the congregation? If he is in personal bankruptcy, how can he oversee the church’s finances? This is no disrespect to people who struggle with the above three weaknesses. Jesus loves them too.
But they shouldn’t be leaders of the church.
You have the power to change your world!
The Bible tells the story of how God reformed a misshaped world through Jesus. How you see yourself fitting into that story shapes you. And as you reach out to share that story, it can’t help but shape the world around you!
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