This is one of the two (1 Timothy 3 being the other) times in Scripture that God gives us the qualifications for an elder or pastor. I love how it starts off showing that Paul prioritized raising up elders in each town and church plant he started. A priority many churches, church planters and those who feel called to revitalize a church should do today. Like 1 Timothy 3, the apostle Paul then shares the characteristics of an elder/pastor. An elder or pastor should:
- Not be afraid of conflict (5b)
- Raise up other leaders (5c)
- Be above reproach (6a)
- Be a one woman man (6b)
- Shepherd his own family well (6c)
- Be a good steward of what God entrusts us (7a)
- Be humble (7c)
- Be patient & content (7d)
- Be sober-minded (7e)
- Not be violent (7f)
- Not be greedy (7g)
- Be hospitable (8a)
- Be a lover of all that’s good (8b)
- Be self-controlled & disciplined (8c,f)
- Be upright and holy (8d,e)
- Trust & Teach God’s Word (9)
This list is why pastors or elders will be judged by a higher standard. It’s important to not expect or think that a pastor or elder will be perfect but the general public and sheep should see these qualities in their shepherds.
Knowing how important this is, comment below with the different qualifications you DON’T see in our elders and pastors and let’s see how many jumpstart readers would agree…
JUST KIDDING, JUST KIDDING!
On a more serious question,
- How has God used some of these qualifications in the pastors or elders in your life?
Also, will you take some time and pray for the pastors and elders of CPC as we do our best to live these out by the grace of God and shepherd the flock while leading them on mission at the same time. We love you all and are honored to serve you.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor