In his letter to Titus, Paul described qualifications for church elders that are both positive (characteristics they must have) and negative (characteristics that must not be true of them). As Alistair Begg notes, though, the most foundational element of effective church leadership is wholehearted commitment to biblical truth. Men who hold firmly to God’s Word are quick to refute false teaching, thereby protecting God’s flock from wolves and ensuring that sound doctrine is transferred to future generations.
5This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,3 and his children are believers4 and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7For an overseer,5 as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound6 doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
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