A Message on Church Leaders
A Message on Church Leaders
Everything rises and falls on leadership.
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. (Luke 6:40 ESV)
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (The Apostle Paul, Philippians 4:9 ESV)
Christian ministry and church life are all about character; therefore, the leaders must be full of good character.
If pastors and churches remain in relationships long enough, then the church will take on the character of the leaders.
Having a high standard for church leadership is essential, and the Bible gives specific criteria for such leaders.
1 Timothy 3:1-13
What should the church expect and demand of its leaders?
Churches should expect and demand their pastors to live by an excellent standard. They must have an excellent reputation and be well-tempered. It should be evident, increasingly so, that pastors resemble Jesus in terms of self-discipline, demeanor, diligence, and development.
- He must be a family man who prioritizes his family by discipling his children and practicing good management of his household.
- His reputation exposes who or what occupies his heart.
- His hospitality tells his love for people.
- His temperament and dealings with money show his heart.
- His household highlights his management skill.
- His family life makes known his shepherding ability.
The church must not lower the standard that God established for pastors. Instead, congregations should keep the standard high and expect their leaders to continue gaining in Christlikeness as they mature in ministry.
When a congregation has the right attitude and understanding of its mission, it will demand much of the men called to lead it. Therefore, a Spirit-led church demanding much from its leaders is demanding more of itself. The same is true of the Spirit-led pastor.
It is noble to aspire to the office of overseer.
- Aspiring leaders should seek to develop leadership character more than leadership capital.
- Pastoral leadership is forgoing self to serve others in a more excellent call—laying down one’s life for sheep.
Congregations should be quick to encourage and develop pastors but slow to ordain and place men in authority positions. This simple rule protects the prospective leaders from disgrace and the devil and shields the church from harm.
MeadowBrook has many ordained deacons because we put much value in servant-heartedness.
The word deacon (diakonos) means servant. It is not a stretch to say that everyone who is in Christ is a deacon. (See Colossians 1:25, 1 Timothy 4:6, Matthew 20:26)
The word “Deacon” in 1 Timothy 3 refers to a special appointment of men to uniquely serve the church, giving qualitative instructions for their selection.
Deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers, loose-lipped, or dishonest with money. They must be gospel-centered men who live with a clear conscience.
The integrity bar is set high for deacons, wives, and their families.
MeadowBrook, if you want the church to grow in the likeness of Jesus, who left his throne of glory to come as a servant, then choose deacons who serve with the heart and character of Jesus.
Pray for me, our other pastors, and staff, please. Pray for our lay leadership and MeadowBrook’s servant-hearted people.
Pray for those who have experienced pain in a church.
- Release your anger before the sun goes down today.
- Forgive those who have sinned against you.
- Individuals make up each church who are in a sanctifying process—an incomplete process for now.
- Jesus assures that he will avenge his church if needed.
- Seek forgiveness if you’ve sinned against someone and experience release regardless of their response.
- Don’t allow your previous or current pain to deny you present and future joy with this faith family.
- Jesus is making all things new for eternity.
- In the name of Jesus, we welcome you, will go out of our way to love you, and we look forward to serving alongside you.