Requirements of Spiritual Leadership

R. Gustason, 26 Dec 2012

Scripture gives us a clear model on how to become an effective and a mature leader. The following is a quote from 1st Timothy chapter three.

“This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.” (1 Tim 3:1–12 KJV)

The requirements for true, Spirit led leadership were given under influence of the Holy Ghost by Paul to Timothy, a young pastor. 1 Timothy 3:1-12 lists these qualifications as the requirements for a bishop, or pastor, but they are good principles to apply in every leadership capacity you may find yourself in.

These are the requirements for effective, Spirit led leadership which the Apostle Paul sent to Timothy. No matter what role of leadership you find yourself in, you must do your very best to assimilate these principles from the Word of God into your leadership tool bag. Doing so will see your ministry and leadership role grow; and your commitment to the things of God will deepen in the effective employment of these principles.

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