A job description for church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 5

Hey church leader, have you ever thought that you go to a lot of meetings? So often in contemporary American church life, church leadership teams (elder boards, sessions, etc) have a lot of meetings. It can leave church leaders wondering if there is more to their role. There is more to their role! Or atContinue reading “A job description for church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 5”

Non-negotiable qualities of church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 4

In Titus 1:5-9, Paul says leaders of the church should be blameless. This week we have been looking closely at this passage to see if we can learn what blameless leadership is all about. In today’s post, we see that Paul tells Titus to look for leaders who have demonstrated a number of qualities thatContinue reading “Non-negotiable qualities of church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 4”

Can women be leaders in the church? Titus 1:5-9, Part 3

Can women be leaders in the church? What is your church’s position on this? After establishing blamelessness as the baseline requirement for church leaders, Paul goes on to describe how blameless church leaders handle their lives in Titus 1:6-7. Blameless leaders will have demonstrated four things: Be a husband Of one wife Have faithful childrenContinue reading “Can women be leaders in the church? Titus 1:5-9, Part 3”

The one word that should define church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 2

What one word do you think should define church leaders? In part 1 of this week’s posts on Titus 1:5-9, we learned that Paul had sent Titus to the Island of Crete to appoint leaders in the churches there. So what kind of people should Titus be looking for to be leaders of the church? Continue reading “The one word that should define church leaders – Titus 1:5-9, Part 2”

Christians, justice and leadership in the Church [God’s heart for good government, part 5]

In this series of posts, we have been studying God’s heart for good government in Deuteronomy 16 and 17.  In those chapters, God created levels of governance for Israel: local, national, and over all, the king. What have we seen in all these levels of government that God had for his people? Many things:  Justice isContinue reading “Christians, justice and leadership in the Church [God’s heart for good government, part 5]”

Is it weird to preach a sermon about leadership that is mostly for those who aren’t leaders?

Have you ever been asked to lead something in the church and thought “What? Me? No way!!!” The thought of being a leader can raise a number of feelings.  Here a few that I have heard: It’s too much responsibility. What if I make a bad decision?  I don’t want to have to deal withContinue reading “Is it weird to preach a sermon about leadership that is mostly for those who aren’t leaders?”

How to submit to leaders and not hate it – 1st Corinthians 16:5-24, Part Two

In this final section of 1st Corinthians, Paul mentions a bunch of leaders that were familiar to the church in the city of Corinth.  At one point, he urges the church to submit to it’s leaders.  Submit is such an ugly word.  It has definitely been abused by many leaders.  As a leader in aContinue reading “How to submit to leaders and not hate it – 1st Corinthians 16:5-24, Part Two”