Spiritual Qualifications for Leadership

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Spiritual Qualifications
Leaders are chosen because of their spiritual qualifications. It is a high calling. Good holds them more responsible. He has laid his own specific qualifications for leaders (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). They are not chosen on the basis of their executive abilities, financial success, public relations, skills, etc. – By-Laws of First Church of God, Inc. Philadelphia, MS Article V Section 7 Paragraph C. Note 1. Below is a guideline for us as a Nominating Committee as we are called upon in this capacity at this time. Along with 1 Timothy 3:1-11 and Titus 1:5-9 other scriptures are listed to assist us in this task. Read the Four Spiritual Qualifications…Pray…and then proceed… 1. Commitment. Are the would-be leaders clearly committed to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord? Is there a passion to know him in all his fullness? While different personality types express passion differently, there must be evidence of a fire inside to know and obey the Crucified and Risen One.

2. Conviction. Do the would-be leaders have biblically informed convictions-about who God is, who humans are, the meaning of history, the nature of the church, and especially the meaning of Jesus' death and resurrection? Are they learning what it means to be transformed by the renewal of the mind (Rom. 12:2), to "think Christianly" about every dimension of their lives-money, time, sex, family, recreation? For this reason, Paul warns against being too quick to call recent converts to leadership; commitment and conviction take time to deepen.

3. Competency. Do the would-be leaders know how to make their way through the Scriptures? Can they help others find their way around the sacred pages (2 Tim. 2:15)? Have the would-be leaders been entrusted with appropriate gifts of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:11-12, 1 Cor. 12:12-31, Rom. 12:3-8)? Do they have a working understanding of the gifts, and can they help others discern and deploy those entrusted to them? Do they have the...
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