After planting churches on the Island of Crete, Paul appointed Titus to finish the work of establishing strong churches for God’s people. Knowing that he could not do this enormous job of alone, Paul wrote to Titus, providing the following criteria for what a church leader should be like.
A church leader is God’s servant. His life must be so that no one can say anything against him. He should not try to please himself and not be quick to get angry over little things. He must not get drunk or want to fight. He must not always want more money for himself. He must like to take people into his home. He must love what is good. He must be able to think well and do all things in the right way. He must live a holy life and be the boss over his own desires. He must hold to the words of truth which he was taught. He must be able to teach the truth and show those who are against the truth that they are wrong.Titus 1: 7-9New Life Version (NLV)
As a person who wants to be a church leader, I read these words with terror and trepidation. While I am trying to live up to the tenants of not being quick to get angry, or not to wanting to fight, or not wanting more money for myself and the other requirements, I know that I fall far short of these important and vital standards.
Just as I was about to give up, knowing that a sinful man like me could never live the life of a church leader commanded by Paul, the Holy Ghost revealed Paul’s key, and in fact, the only requirement for what a church leader must be like. “A church leader is God’s servant” Titus 1: 7 New Life Version (NLV).
In being God’s servant there are three things that should know:
1. God wants us just as we are.
God wants us to serve Him just as we are with our conflicts, with our deficiencies, with our troubles, and with our sins. It is when we serve Him that all our earthly issues will fade.
Speaking with God at the burning bush Moses was very vocal about the inabilities he processed for the great task ahead. For each inability he presented God had an answer:
- They won’t believe me, they will say the Lord never appeared: “What do you have there in your hand?” the Lord asked him. And he replied, “A shepherd’s rod.” “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So he threw it down—and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it! Then the Lord told him, “Grab it by the tail!” He did, and it became a rod in his hand again! “Do that and they will believe you!” the Lord told him. “Then they will realize that Jehovah, the God of their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has really appeared to you. Exodus 4:2-5 Living Bible
- I am not a good speaker: “Who makes mouths?” Jehovah asked him. “Isn’t it I, the Lord? Who makes a man so that he can speak or not speak, see or not see, hear or not hear? 12 Now go ahead and do as I tell you, for I will help you to speak well, and I will tell you what to say.” Exodus 4:11-12 Living Bible
- Lord please! Send someone else: Then the Lord became angry. “All right,” he said, “your brother, Aaron, is a good speaker. And he is coming here to look for you and will be very happy when he finds you. So I will tell you what to tell him, and I will help both of you to speak well, and I will tell you what to do. He will be your spokesman to the people. And you will be as God to him, telling him what to say. Exodus 4:14-17 Living Bible
2. God will supply all we need to do His will.
When God ask us to do His will we can be assured that everything we need to do it will be given. Mary was greatly troubled when the angel came and told her what was to come. Her main concern was “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “Since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
3. God will bless us when we do His will.
Because of Noah’s faithfulness in carrying out God’s orders concerning the building of the arc and the collection of animals. God made this convenient with Noah and his sons blessing them for their service.
“Then God spoke to Noah and his sons: “I’m setting up my covenant with you including your children who will come after you, along with everything alive around you—birds, farm animals, wild animals—that came out of the ship with you. I’m setting up my covenant with you that never again will everything living be destroyed by floodwaters; no, never again will a flood destroy the Earth.” Genesis 9:8-11 The Message
As God’s servant, He will strengthen us to meet the requirements of church leadership. However, it is only by submitting to be a servant of God that we can become the parents, the grandparents, the child, the sibling, the friend, the business person and yes the church leader that He wants us to be.
What is Church Leader? He is a servant of God