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Tim Archer blogged today about selection of elders being a spiritual process. He suggested that even before we look at the traditional “qualifications” for elders in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, we should look at passages such as the Sermon on the Mount, Galatians 5:16ff, and 2 Peter 1:5-8.

I made the following comment on his blog:

I think you’re exactly on the right track! Church leadership is, first of all, a spiritual activity with the primary objective of making disciples. This is impossible to do unless you are, yourself, a disciple of Jesus.

I would add 1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15; and Mark 10:35-45 to your list of pre-texts before looking at the famous “Qualifications” in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. While I was at it, I would pay close attention to 1 Timothy 1:3-5 for the purpose of ‘God’s work, which is by faith’ together with Titus 1:9 (which is a part of the traditional “list”) with special emphasis on the “faithful word” in Titus 1:9 as explained by the “faithful sayings” in 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. I blogged on these “faithful sayings,” beginning here with a link at the end of that post to a chain of other posts about each of the five “faithful sayings” in those three books.

What do you think? Is this the best way to begin the process of looking for new elders – yes, and of deacons also?


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