Being above reproach is the summary of all that Paul lists in the passage. It is so important that Paul states it twice; once in verse 6, then again in verse 7. There should be no gaping holes in a leader’s character. Any truly humble leader wrestles with the statements in this list, wondering if they wash him out. No leader truly feels above reproach. Thankfully Paul elaborates by providing a list of character traits that define what “above reproach” means. The assembled components make up the model of a Christ like leader.
Here is the first in the list of components:
The husband of one wife
The church planter needs to demonstrate competent leadership in his own home before presuming to lead in God’s house. It is important to draw a distinction here regarding male and female leadership. Paul addresses the qualifications to males in this passage, speaking to the husbands. Nonetheless, he includes qualifications for their wives as well, indicating team leadership in marriage. That said, I’ll address the characteristics to a male audience as Paul wrote them. Understand however, that I consider women both necessary and biblical in church leadership. In every church I’ve planted, we’ve needed women to shepherd the women, and found that females in leadership are essential. John Wesley employed women evangelists. Priscilla and Aquila instructed Apollos together as a team.
While I’m at it, I feel the need to touch on male leadership in the home because the nature of spiritual leadership is often misunderstood. Leadership in scripture never has to do with pressuring, bullying, or bossing, but rather, leading and setting the example for those who are being led. My wife is
In Lectures to My Students Charles Spurgeon titled the first chapter The Minister’s Self Watch, quoting the proverb, “If the axe be dull, the workman must exert much force”. A wholly yielded man is a powerful weapon in the hands of God, and a damage dealer for the kingdom. The first question to ask yourself is “Are you a man worth sending?” God’s glory, the expansion of the Kingdom, and blood bought souls are hanging in the balance. It’s easy to imagine why Paul raised the bar so high when their were such high stakes. This is why Paul stated that he was “dominated by the faith of God’s elect” (Titus 1:3). Paul knew that God had targeted people on the far side of his own personal hardships, and therefore the love of Christ compelled Paul and drove him on incessantly through shipwrecks, beating, and near starvation. To sacrificially endure hardship like a good soldier, for the sake
This week I have something new for you. Last month I was able to sit down with my good friends and great leader, Mac Lake.
In this conversation, we talk about the call to church planting, building a team, and maximizing your team’s calling.
I’m keeping this week’s message short and sweet because the real message is in the video.
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So you think you’re called to lead a team into hostile territory?
It’s not for the faint of heart. Paul lays out requirements for ministry that serve as barbed wire obstacles that every church planter has to either crawl over, or walk away from. If you think you’ve got what it takes to press forward in the call to lead, you will get hung up on them, and need to spend some time unhooking yourself. As a veteran planter, Paul knew what would happen if these men hadn’t challenged themselves before being challenged on the field of battle. Often, a someone’s gifting can outrun their character. If their character isn’t put through the ropes, they can be a walking liability. Putting a Springfield Garand M1 rifle in the hands of any recruit is arming somebody with a dangerous weapon. Ministry is no