Biblical Leadership

Although the Scriptures do not directly refer to the credentialing process, the New Testament apostles created criteria in order to facilitate church structure (i.e. elders, deacons, “five-fold ministry”). These qualifications address not only spiritual and character issues, but relational and educational issues as well. The following list is a summary of key Scripture passages that focus on church leadership.

1 Timothy 3

  • Must be above reproach
  • Married to one spouse
  • Temperate
  • Self-controlled
  • Respectable
  • Hospitable
  • Able to teach
  • Not given to drunkenness
  • Not violent but gentle
  • Not quarrelsome
  • Not a lover of money
  • Must manage his own family well – his children obey him with proper respect.
  • Not a recent convert
  • Has a good reputation with outsiders

Titus 1

  • Must be blameless
  • Married to one spouse
  • Whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient
  • Not overbearing
  • Not quick tempered
  • Not given to drunkenness
  • Not violent
  • Does not pursue dishonest gain
  • Hospitable
  • One who loves what is good
  • Self-controlled
  • Upright, holy and disciplined
  • Holds to the trustworthy message as it has been taught so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine & refute those who oppose it.

Acts 6​

  • Known to be full of the Holy Spirit
  • Full of wisdom
  • Highly respected and of a tested character