Focal Passage: 1 Timothy 3:1-15
I had the wonderful privilege to serve at First Baptist Indian Trail several years ago as a college and single adult pastor. One of the most valuable lessons I learned at Indian Trail was that a lot of people want to lead, but very few are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to set themselves apart to lead. Because First Baptist Indian Trail is a great church genuinely making a difference in that area, it attracts a lot of guys who want to be in ministry. Sometimes those guys lack the qualification to lead, and I’ve watched Pastor Mike Whitson help those men evaluate their qualifications according to scripture.
Sometimes those men were very appreciative of Preacher Mike’s counsel and other times they were too prideful to see their deficiencies.
For the men who would listen, they went on to have faithful ministries. For those who were less teachable I’m sure they are still struggling today.
Perhaps you know someone interested in church leadership.
Maybe there is a person in your Sunday School class or small group that has thought about going into ministry or wanting to serve as a pastor or deacon. Where can they go to find out if they are qualified to lead? A great starting point is 1 Timothy 3:1-13. In his letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul gives a list of qualifications that are necessary to serve as a pastor or deacon. The list was not meant to be exhaustive, but the qualifications that Paul gives are certainly essential.
Maybe you know a church looking to hire a pastor.
Unfortunately, in today’s culture, many believers do not know what to look for in a pastor. They assume if he has a theological education or is a good communicator he meets God’s standard to lead. Although those things are important, the church would do well to utilize all of 1 Timothy 3:1-7 as a non-negotiable standard for selecting a pastor.
Twenty years ago this summer, I was one of those men Preacher Mike counseled about going into ministry. I pray I was one that listened well.