In 1 Timothy 3:1-7, we see the qualifications for a pastor (overseer) that must guide every church in selecting their pastors and elders.
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
Looking at these qualifications, we see nothing of looks or education. As D.A. Carson once said, “The remarkable aspect of these qualifications are how unremarkable they are.” With the exception of being “able to teach” and being a “recent convert,” every qualification must mark the Christian.
Pray for your pastor in these five areas:
- Strong character.
- Strong competency in teaching the Word.
- Strong homelife.
- Strong, mature faith.
- Strong reputation outside the church.
Will you take time to pray for your pastors? Pastors, will you take time to pray in your closet about these matters as well?
Everyone will put expectations on their pastors that may or may not be anchored in Scripture. Let’s reboot and make sure they are, so they are free and unhindered in ministering the gospel of Jesus inside and outside the church.