Leadership First Century Style 1 Timothy 3:1-7. The foundation of Christian leadership is CHARACTER. A person’s spiritual authenticity and Christian character rise above ability, gifts, passion, personality, and even experience .
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Kent Hughes: “ It is generally true if the leadership is Bible-centered, the church is Bible –centered; if mission-minded the church will be mission-minded. If leadership is kind, the church will be kind. This is also true negatively---exponentially! Unloving, narrow, stingy leaders beget an unloving, narrow, stingy church.”
Galatians 5: 22-26 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
1 Timothy 5:17-20 17The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning.