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Qualities of Leaders

Qualities of Leaders

qualities of leadersWelcome to church today! We hope you find us a welcoming and friendly church where Jesus is at the centre of our lives.

What did Jesus expect of those who would follow him? If we look to Jesus as the perfect model for relationships, how do we become more like him?

We get a clear hint in Matthew’s gospel [Matt 19:13-15]. Jesus had a special regard for children. He threatened a terrible fate for anyone who would knowingly harm or lead children astray.

Jesus taught that we must become like children if we are to get even a glimpse of the amazing things God has promised for those who trust in him. It seems God values those qualities we recognise in children that are often lost on the way to adulthood; such as innocence – trust – willingness to learn – honesty – generosity – kindness – gentleness – affection – trustworthiness.

In his pastoral letter to Titus, the Apostle Paul sets out what he believes are desirable qualities and attitudes for leaders in the church – those responsible for teaching the gospel of Christ and modelling by example right ways of living.

Interestingly, Paul’s list of character qualifications for leaders contains those we would desire in ourselves or anyone who chooses to live in community – Christian or otherwise.

Just as we tend to be influenced by those we like, and respect, we have the potential to influence others by how we live. As representatives of Jesus we do well to foster those qualities within ourselves so as to make a positive difference in our relationships with others.

Matthew 19: 13-15 Jesus Blesses Little Children   [also Luke 18:15-17]

13 Then little children were being brought to Jesus in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; 14but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ 15And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.

 

Titus 1: 1-16   Qualities of Church Leaders

        1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Saviour,

To Titus, my true son in our common faith:

Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour.

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blamelessnot overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” 13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

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