Qualifications Of a Christian Leader

My friend Paul Bubar has often said, “You can tell more about an organization by their Standards of Conduct than by their Statement of Faith.” They often start out with a good biblical Statement of Faith and will still have it in print after many years but will begin to … More

Qualifications

Now for the personal qualifications of a Christian leader. He needs to use what the Lord  gives him for the good and glory of the Lord, and not for himself personally (Luke 16:1-13).

  1. Negative Qualities for Christian Leaders (vv. 6-7).
    1. “Blameless” - the husband of one wife
    2. “Having faithful children” - not accused of insubordination
    3. “Not self willed” - arrogant and dictatorial
    4. “Not soon angry” - quick tempered
    5. “Not given to wine” - a drinker of liquor
    6. “No striker” - quick with his fists
    7. “Not given (greedy) to filthy lucre” - shady deals
  2. Positive Qualities for Christian leaders (vv. 8-9).
    1. “Lover of hospitality” - opens home to strangers
    2. “A lover of good men” - whether men or things
    3. “Sober” - balanced in opinions and actions
    4. “Just” - practices what he preaches
    5. “Holy” - free from the strain of sin
    6. “Temperate” - from all that is harmful
    7. “Holding fast the faithful word”
    8. “To exhort” - with conviction
God’s standards for leadership are the same everywhere. They do not change from place to place.

Application

Which of the above areas of leadership  do I need to be working on?  I need to pick the ones that I am the weakest in and ask the Lord to help me become strong in those areas.

Titus 1:6-9 (English Standard Version)

If anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self- controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

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