Overseers and Deacons

Wednesday December 4, 2019

Dr. Richard L. Hamm

Continuing his instructions on how the church should conduct itself, Paul turned to the crucial matter of leadership qualifications. In this chapter, Paul provides a list of qualifications for the individual desiring to serve the church as an overseer or elder. These qualifications emphasize the character of the leader, not the duties to be performed. Of the qualifications listed, only one relates to ability, “they must be able to teach.” Paul places the greatest emphasis on the untarnished reputation of the potential leader. He wanted to encourage respect for the congregation leaders, and to help promote a healthy public perception of the church. This is central to its effectiveness to minister to the culture.