“…for if someone does not manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” — 1 Timothy 3:5
Every team needs a leader. It is commonly debated — what makes a great team leader and what qualities must he/she possess? Does he/she need to be the best player, outspoken, the highest paid, the player with the most tenure?
The debate over the qualities and characteristics necessary could be endless. Even if you think of some of the great team leaders of today across various sports, they are very different. Compare LeBron James, Tom Brady, Mike Trout and Sidney Crosby; they all possess a wide array of characteristics.
When God called for leaders of His Church, he spoke to Paul and laid out a clear list of qualities that must be met to be an “overseer” (1 Timothy 3:1-4). When we look to mold young men and women into leaders, or when we look to select captains for teams we coach, are we using the list Paul has clearly provided? Or are we looking at the muddled list that society has given to us?
Paul, through God’s Word, has provided the only litmus test that should be used to measure the character of an individual and his or her ability to lead.
— Ryan J. Dinunzio
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