What God Desires in a Christian Leader (or any Christian!)


If we want to realize what God desires in a leader (or any Christian for that matter), we have to have appear no additional than the book of Titus.

Close to the starting of Titus, Paul says why he had previously left Titus in Crete. When the book of Acts does not fill is in on the facts of when Paul planted a church in Crete, and when he left Titus there, we know from the letter to Titus that Paul saw this venture on the fourth biggest island in the Mediterranean as crucial. When explaining why he left Titus on the island, Paul provides us a glimpse into his view of Christian leadership, saying:

“The purpose I left you in Crete was that you could possibly place in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in each and every town, as I directed you. An elder need to be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose young children think and are not open to the charge of becoming wild and disobedient. Because an overseer manages God’s household, he need to be blameless—not overbearing, not swift-tempered, not provided to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest obtain. Rather, he need to be hospitable, 1 who loves what is very good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He need to hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage other folks by sound doctrine and refute these who oppose it” (Titus 1:5–9 NIV evaluate 1 Timothy three:1–7).

The five Attributes of a Christian Leader

In Titus 1:5–9, Paul tells Titus that any one who assumes a church workplace should really have 5 attributes:

  1. be a respectable particular person
  2. who knows how to teach other folks in the approaches of Jesus,
  3. who knows how to adore their loved ones and other folks nicely,
  4. who does not do points that are clearly against Jesus’ teachings,
  5. and is not a current convert to Christianity (i.e., been a Christian for awhile).

It also tends to make sense for people today who have the part of overseer to have the potential to do what Paul calls “discern spirits”—to safeguard the church from heretical teachings is a crucial function of church leaders (see 1 Corinthians 12:10 Titus 1:10–16). This could also be defined as an orthodoxy filter and concern for the church staying on track.

3 Descriptors of Christian Leaders

If I had been to narrow the above list to 3 overarching attributes or principles, these 3 could cover all of the above: 

  1. Capable and respected teacher (with discernment)
  2. Loving, in all spheres of life (at property and publicly)
  3. Knowledgeable at living as a follower of Jesus (a accurate disciple of Jesus)

Now what I’m not saying right here is that these are specifications for God to contact a leader. All leaders rely on the grace of God and God clearly calls the unexpected (e.g., Paul himself Moses David). I am also not saying that a particular person who falls outdoors of these specifications is quickly disqualified—again grace and a repentant heart is central. Alternatively, these are specifications for a person to in fact take a leadership position. These are the basic rule we appear to.

Reside the Christian Principles of Leadership

Shouldn’t we all strive to these principles? Think about what could happen in our globe if we lived as people today who had been capable and respected, loving in all we do, and who skilled Jesus each day.

If we lived Christian principles of leadership, people today would undoubtedly wonder, “What is it that tends to make this particular person who they are?” They would ask you about the faith you cling to. You would make a accurate and lasting distinction in our globe, living as a accurate missionary for Jesus in all the things you do.

This report is portion of our series, “How to Authentically Reside as a Christian: Paul’s Letter to Titus.”

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John Barry
John Barry


CEO and Founder of Jesus’ Economy. John is the Common Editor of the hugely acclaimed Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary. His new book is Jesus’ Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Enjoy, and a Pattern for Lasting Modify. It is extensively endorsed by Christian leaders from about the globe.



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