Wednesday, October 06, 2010

We need more leaders like this

Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.

Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.

Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

We need more leaders who have these qualities displayed within and throughout their lives....

1 comment:

Jan said...

Further to this, us women in the church should be more encouraging towards men to stand up as men in the faith and be strong leaders as God intended them to be.

I believe one of the problems is that men today do not feel 'adequate' or 'don't possess the spirituality' to lead. Rather than believing we can do a better job than they can, sisters in the church (both unmarried and married) ought to provide opportunities for our brothers to lead (in small and large ways), encourage them as they lead, have a willingness to be trained, and realise that this is a life-long journey worth striving for.

The future of the church lies with our generation, and if we are to see it continue beyond our days in this life the time starts now!