Two things we should learn from 1 Timothy 3:4-5

He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?

There are two quick lessons we can take from this qualification for the leadership of our church

First, the church is a family or else what one did in the family wouldn’t really matter. It seems more important that a leader be good in the home than in the business world. The family is built on love and trust, while the business strives for increased profits.

Second, if a potential leader has troubled, disrespectful kids, a church should at least slow down and ask good questions that help it to discern whether there is a problem with this person relationally? This is an opportunity to disciple the leader so they can lead well as they are ready.

2 thoughts on “Two things we should learn from 1 Timothy 3:4-5

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    “This is an opportunity to disciple the leader so they can lead well as they are ready.”

    This is key – if we are really a family we don’t walk from that portion of the family who is struggling. Too often we judge, push out and walk away. We should be willing to walk through everything – if it means a pastor must step away from his position the church should continue to support him in every way. Maybe more men would work on their family if they weren’t afraid of how they would then financially support their family.

    • Amen. I family doesn’t leave its members behind because they are imperfect, but it does notice and address their weaknesses.

      Thanks for the comment.

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