Three boys were quarreling over whose parent was best. “My dad is the greatest because he is the president of the town bank,” said the first boy. The second boy responded, “Yeah? My mom owns two beauty shops!” “That’s nothing,” said the third boy, “my dad’s a pastor and he owns hell. I heard him tell my mom that the Church Board gave it to him!” I’m not sure about the whole “owning hell” deal, but according to the Apostle Paul, it is vital that there be godly people in places of congregational leadership. Titus 1:1-16
It is not about who might be the most popular or the most willing. Paul tells Titus to appoint elders in every town. We need to understand that Paul was not just giving every church someone who would take care of all the details. Instead, he was giving each church an example of what it looks like to be a follower of Christ.
Our world is divided more than ever. People come from homes where God’s truth is not taught and where idol worship takes on the language of permissiveness and entitlement. Therefore, congregational leaders must be authentic Christians in every way and united in mission.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for calling us to be your example as we serve your church in the various positions of leadership. Keep us authentic and centered in you. Amen.