This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. (1 Timothy 3:1)
Qualities Of Leadership
The New Testament pattern of leadership is found in the position of those charged to feed the flock of God. When Paul talked with the elders from Ephesus he charged them to watch among themselves, oversee the church as shepherds and remember the blood of Christ purchased the body. No greater task is given to men than to tend the family of God. Paul’s list in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 clearly define the will of God for these men to be of a certain metal. Not everyone can lead the church of God. Watching out for the souls of the brethren suggests an eternal consequence that this noble work.
Bishops are men who possess certain qualities that define their work. The heart of the man is the work of saving souls. Clearly found in these qualities is the nature of the man’s heart and his willingness to undertake a work like no other. His life is without charge in reputation so that his work is not marred by distrust. He will be a man acquainted with the challenges of marriage giving him insight to feed the marriages of God’s people with proper counsel and wisdom from God. His spirit is one tempered by God’s grace, sober in mind to deal with the challenges he faces, character portrayed by a good example and friendly to others. Often he will be called on to talk of the Bible to others sharing his knowledge in private settings and if need be but not limited to public discourse.
A shepherd will be the light of Jesus Christ in his demeanor of gentleness and kindness. His life will not be seen as haughty, arrogant, greedy or quarrelsome. As a father he will understand the challenges of parenting preparing him for the counsel needed to families struggling to train their children. Fathers and mothers will respond to his teaching as they witness his example as a father. One clear motivation of his leadership is seen in His guiding the hearts of his own children to the throne of God. His knowledge and faith will be seasoned with experience to refute the wiles of the devil. The name of this man will be held in respect among those who know him including those of the world.
Doctrine. The leaders of the people of God are vital to the teaching of truth. May the Lord raise up more men willing to take the mantel of leadership as bishops of the Lord’s church to feed, protect and nourish His flock.
Leaders must see what others do not, act when others wait and work while others watch. (Bob Andrews in seminar on Leadership)