Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:13
The New Testament gives us a pattern to follow concerning church leadership, and we here at Calhoun strive to abide by it. The Bible teaches that Jesus holds all authority over the universal church (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23), and has delegated authority concerning how to expedite His will in each local congregation to men whom the New Testament refers to as shepherds or pastors — poimen, overseers or bishops — episkopos, and elders or presbyters — presbuteros (Acts 20:17, 28; 1 Peter 5:1-4). These men are required by God to shepherd, care for, and spiritually feed the flock of God which is His church, exercising oversight over the local congregation among them (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; Hebrews 13:15), are are required to always faithfully meet certain qualifications described in Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus:
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
1 Timothy 3:1-7
This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained in order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you — if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not ba arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 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.
Duvan Brock & Bill Smith
The New Testament also records that deacons or servants (diakonos) worked alongside overseers who shepherded the local congregation as elders (Philippians 1:1). The Bible records how the apostles who served as the leaders of the Jerusalem church delegated the responsibilities of “serving tables”, i.e., being in charge of serving (diakonia) the church in areas other than shepherding and teaching, to other Christian men who met certain qualifications (Acts 6:1-6). In like manner, deacons assist the leadership of the local congregation by serving the church in various needs such as benevolence, education, etc. While every Christian is expected to be a servant, deacons are “special servants” in that they must meet certain biblical qualifications in order to serve in this capacity:
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 3:8-13
Keith Bunch, Adrian Lyles, & Clay Tyree
While all Christians are to evangelize and teach to some degree depending upon their talents and opportunities, God also recognized that some congregations would need men to work among them on a daily basis, preaching the whole counsel of God both to them and to the lost of the world (Acts 20:18-21, 26-27, 31-32; 1 Timothy 4:6, 11, 13, 15-16; Titus 2:1, 15 ) and joining with the pastors and other teachers of the congregation to use the doctrine of the apostles and prophets which is the New Testament to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Evangelists must heed the charge laid forth upon them by God:
Preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
2 Timothy 4:2
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12
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