We know ads can be annoying, but they’re what allow us to make all of wikiHow available for free. In the same way, we should do our best to choose righteous, just, and fair leaders to take the lead. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 10,826 times. 2. As time went on the Israelites did NOT follow God’s guidelines for choosing their leaders. Such a person will have incredible compassion, something much needed in a good leader. They should not have a habit of getting drunk. All tip submissions are carefully reviewed before being published. If the selection of church leadership is undertaken in a more informed, strict way, as Paul lays out that it should be, it should be possible to successfully choose an upright and morally irreproachable leader. Testing character and having high expectations at the outset would save some ministers from being corrupted, thereby ensuring that church members are not affected and having their faith rocked a bit. By using our site, you agree to our. They must be hospitable, not rude to outsiders. The success of your church depends on it, and the reputation of Christianity as a whole. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/5\/5f\/Prepare-a-Power-of-Attorney-Step-3-Version-3.jpg\/v4-460px-Prepare-a-Power-of-Attorney-Step-3-Version-3.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/5\/5f\/Prepare-a-Power-of-Attorney-Step-3-Version-3.jpg\/aid5896554-v4-728px-Prepare-a-Power-of-Attorney-Step-3-Version-3.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":345,"bigWidth":"728","bigHeight":"546","licensing":"

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\n<\/p><\/div>"}, How to Choose Church Leadership (by Paul's Gospel), consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. In Biblical Israel, the people had requested to be ruled by a king, and God had granted their request. We use cookies to make wikiHow great. 1. Consider trialing a potential leader in a leadership role without giving the role to the person permanently, to observe how they handle various challenges. Be selective in picking leadership, for any position in the church. The person must be respected for their character. The person must be able to teach, so they must be educated. God told His people how to choose their leaders, and even had His prophets anoint a few that He picked for them. % of people told us that this article helped them. Don't worry about being overly careful in who you pick. Don't be too quick to accept church leaders. Paul: "Believe in something bigger than yourself.". To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time. If you really can’t stand to see another ad again, then please consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. Lastly, and this is very important since churches take tithes and offerings, this person must not love money. This article has been viewed 10,826 times. Here are some guidelines that Paul gives on how church leadership should be picked. Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Paul thought of himself as nothing in the total scheme of things. A modern day interpretation of what it means to be above reproach would be, have they not had any illegal substances in the last five years, or gambled, or gone to a strip club, or drank alcohol in excess? Paul says that a church leader must be "faithful to his wife." So this person must be overall, a more noble person than one might expect. Proverbs 25:4-5 says that when the wicked are removed from the leadership, justice flourishes. The Bible says "the love of money is the root of all evil," and Jesus said it would be impossible to love both God and money. wikiHow is where trusted research and expert knowledge come together. (1 Timothy 3:1). The potential leader's children and spouse must respect them, because if their family doesn't respect them, why would a church body respect them? To be temperate means that the leader must have very good self-restraint and self-discipline. As Paul says: "Now the overseer is to be above reproach." Pick a church leader that has a spotless reputation. Has that life been clean, sober and consistent for the last five or 10 years? wikiHow is a “wiki,” similar to Wikipedia, which means that many of our articles are co-written by multiple authors. A police check is essential. They should not be violent, and not prone to angry outbursts or yelling. His leadership was built not so much on ancestry from the Jewish... 3. To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time. And so forth. Remember to keep a place for forgiveness and given someone a second chance. Is their language clean? wikiHow is a “wiki,” similar to Wikipedia, which means that many of our articles are co-written by multiple authors. Where it is clear that the person has overcome the problems, learned and reformed, such a leader can be a beacon for those who wish to change their lives around for the better. More than that, we must look for those with a solid integrity. Do others respect and speak of this person as an upright, law-abiding citizen, chivalrous, kind but determined, etc? This person must be a peacemaker. Such one should step down when approached by a reputable group of church members. Make sure that a thorough background check is done on anyone wanting to be in leadership, especially if they want to be a Youth or Children's Pastor, director of their choir, music or such. Seven biblical models of leadership 1. One question this might raise is whether the person has done immoral things in the past or has committed sins that show the potential for weakness as a leader. (1 Timothy 3:2) This would include any current pastor or church leader who is found with a stash of pornography or looking at it.