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QUALITIES OF CHRISTIAN MATURITY NEEDED FOR CHURCH  LEADERSHIP

Compiled by Lee Delbridge


Christian leadership is the more spiritually mature persons leading 

the less spiritually mature persons to spiritual maturity.

The Bible lists the qualities of spiritual maturity as it lists the 

qualifications of elders and deacons.


QUALITIES

KEY

SCRIPTURES

EXPLANATION

WHO


Above Reproach

Blameless



I Timothy 3:2, 10

Titus 1:6, 7


Gives no grounds for accusation.  No one can rightly criticize him. He has been justified from sin.  When sin enters his life, he repents of it, confesses it to God and replaces it with the fruit of the Spirit.


Elders

Deacons


Husband of One Wife


I Timothy 3:2, 12

Titus 1:6


A "One Woman Man."  The kind of man who is dedicated to one woman for life.  Does not "run around" on his wife.


Elders

Deacons


Temperate



I Timothy 3:2, 11

Sober, Watchful, Vigilant, Alert.  They know what's going on in the church family.  They are not extremist.


Elders

Deaconess

(or Deacons Wives)


Prudent



I Timothy 3:2

Sober-minded.  Serious. Discreet, Respectable, Temperate


Elders


Respectable



I Timothy 3:2

Worthy of respect.  Well-behaved. Honest. Modest. Orderly, decent


Elders


Hospitable



I Timothy 3:2

Titus 1:8


Shows love and friendship to others, especially strangers.


Elders


Able to Teach.

Able To Exhort in Sound Doctrine & Refute Those Who Contradict



I Timothy 3:2

Titus 1:9

He is teachable.  He continues to learn.  Capable of and qualified to teach. He is willing to teach.  He is skilled in teaching.  A good communicator.  


Elders


Not Addicted To Wine



I Timothy 3:3, 8

Titus 1:7

Not a drunkard.  Should not be a person who always stays close by his alcoholic beverage.


Elders

Deacons


Not Pugnacious

Not Quarrelsome



I Timothy 3:3

Titus 1:7

Not combative. Does not like to fight.  Not a violent person or a reviler.


Elders


Gentle



I Timothy 3:3

Meekness.  Self-controlled. Able to take criticism.


Elders


Uncontentious



I Timothy 3:3

Not a fighter.  Not a brawler.  Not an augmentative type.  Attitude is the Key


Elders


Free From the Love of Money. Not Fond of Sordid Gain. Not Covetous



I Timothy 3:3, 8

Titus 1:7

Not a lover of money.  Not Greedy.  Not insatiable for wealth and ready to obtain it by questionable means.  Does not pursue dishonest gain.


Elders

Deacons


Manage His Own Household Well



I Timothy 3:4, 12

Controls his family and his affairs with dignity.


Elders

Deacons


Children Under Control.  Children not accused of dissipation or rebellion (disobedience)



I Timothy 3:4, 12

Titus 1:6

Their children both respect and obey their parents.  They have not ever been accused of misbehavior.  They are free from any charges.


Elders

Deacons


Not A New Convert

First Tested



I Timothy 3:6, 10

Must be spiritually mature. Not inexperienced.  He must prove he can do the job before you give him the job to do.


Elders

Deacons


Good Reputation Outside the Church



I Timothy 3:7

Acts 6:3

Honest in business, pays his bills on time, being a good neighbor  etc. gives a person a good reputation.


Elders

Deacons


Men of Dignity

or Dignified



I Timothy 3:8, 11

Worthy of Respect.  Serious, not frivolous. Reputable.


Deacons

Deaconess

(or Deacons Wives)



Not Double-Tongued



I Timothy 3:8

Not saying different things to different people.  Not two-faced


Deacons


Hold To the Mystery of the Faith with a Clear Conscience. Holding Fast the Faithful Word



I Timothy 3:9

Titus 1:9

Knows, believes and obeys the Bible. His life is based on Scriptural principles.


Elders

Deacons


Not Malicious Gossips



I Timothy 3:11

Does not share information that is harmful to another person.


Deaconess

(or Deacons Wives)


Faithful in All Things



I Timothy 3:11

Trustworthy.  Worthy of belief, trust and confidence.


Deaconess

(or Deacons Wives)


Having Children Who Believe



Titus 1:6

Their children, when they reach the age of accountability, become Christians.


Elders


Not Self-Willed

Not Overbearing

Not Arrogant



Titus 1:7

He does not always have to have his own way.  He will compromise on matters of opinion.  He does not think he is superior to others.


Elders


Not Quick-Tempered



Titus 1:7

Has his temper under control. Not prone to anger.


Elders


Loving What Is Good


Titus 1:8

Loving what and who is good.  Compassionate.  


Elders


Sensible or Full of Wisdom



Titus 1:8

Acts 6:3

Understanding.  Discreet.  Of a sound mind.  Has common sense.


Elders

Deacons


Just, Upright



Titus 1:8

Righteous.  Does right because it is right.


Elders


Devout, Holy



Titus 1:8

Righteous.  Set apart from the world and to God.  Dedicated. Sanctified.


Elders


Self-Controlled, Disciplined



Titus 1:8

With the help of the Holy Spirit, he has his fleshly nature under control. Continence


Elders


Full of the Spirit



Acts 6:3

Controlled by the Holy Spirit of God.


Deacons


Servant's Attitude



Mark 10:42-45

Serves others rather than controlling or dictating to others.


All Church Leaders


Desires the Office



I Timothy 3:1

He must want to serve in this position.


Elders




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