Biblical Basis for Leadership
In this class we will be exploring the Biblical basis for leadership in the church.
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About this Class
This class is an exposition primarily of 1 Timothy 3 and is based on Bill Mounce's commentary, Pastoral Epistles. You can download the article in which he lays out his interpretation of the chapter, and also his Elder Position paper that addresses many of the interpretive and practical issues.
Currently, we only have a transcript for this class. Audio and video will be coming.
Someone once said, “Sitting in a garage doesn’t make you a car or a mechanic.” This is especially true of leadership in the church. A comparison of many people’s experience with pastors and elders, and the requirements in the Pastorals, betrays a serious lack of coherence. Just because someone holds the office of elder doesn’t mean they are an elder.
Now it is time to work our way through 1 Tim 3:1-8, pulling in data from 3:8-13, 1 Tim 5:17-25, and Titus 1:5-9. The numbers below refer to the relative order of qualities enumerated in 1 Tim 3:1-8. The qualities break down into three categories: character (above reproach); calling (Bible knowledge and ability to teach), and competencies (proven managerial ability with people). In this lesson we will focus on the character for leadership.
The second set of characteristics required of elders is that they must be “able to teach” (didaktikon). The church is led by its teachers. This is their calling from the Lord. Paul enlarges on this in his discussion with Titus 1:9. “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it” (ESV). From these two passages we see four aspects to the elder’s calling as a teacher.
The third major category of qualities has to do with the elder’s competencies. I could have included teaching abilities here, but since the distinguishing factor between elders and deacons is the ability to teach, I thought it warranted its own category.
There is so much more that could be said, and I would refer you to my commentary for more details, but I would like to conclude with several observations.