When looking for a leader we often want a great skill set. But Paul is much more interested in the type of person they are. Titus 1:5-9. “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”
3 Criteria of Church leaders:
1. Blameless in their home (vs. 6). “Blameless” does not mean without fault. No leader is perfect. The key issue is that potential church leaders must already be leading well in their home. The way they lead their family will tell you how they will lead God’s family, the Church.
2. Blameless in character (vs. 7). Paul lists five negative qualities to avoid in a potential leader. “Not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.” Then in verse 8, he lists six positive qualities to look for: “hospitable, one who loves what is good, one who is self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.”
3. Blameless in doctrine (vs. 9). It’s not so much the ability to teach as a passion for the truth. They have two tasks: 1) encourage others by sound doctrine; 2) refute those who oppose it.