TITUS: Church Leadership
by Dr Gregory Magruder | February 2, 2020
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 02/02/20
INTRODUCTION: Paul was released from prison in A.D. 64 and wrote letters to the young pastors Timothy and Titus whom he had mentored. His goal was to give them encouragement and guidelines on leading a local church. Timothy was a Jew and Titus was a Gentile and both were converts of Paul. They also had served with Paul on his missionary journeys. Paul sent Titus to select elders to serve in the churches on the island of Crete: This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you (Titus 1:5). The selection of a pastor requires careful evaluation of the character and the conduct of the candidate. Paul gives Titus the guidelines in selecting a pastor and warns him of danger signs to look for in the candidate.
WHAT ARE SOME GUIDELINES FOR CHOOSING A PASTOR?
*A pastoral candidate should have a good family. Appoint elders in every town as I directed you—if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination (5-6).
*A pastoral candidate should have good character. For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined (7-8).
*A pastoral candidate should have good doctrine. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it (9).
WHAT ARE SOME DANGERS TO AVOID IN CHOOSING A PASTOR?
*Check the pastoral candidate’s doctrinal beliefs and see what he teaches.
For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach…Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth (10-14).
*Look for hidden agendas in his motives and behavior. For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach (10-11).
*Observe if the candidate is hypocritical in his actions and conduct. To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work (15-16).
Church leadership must be led by a person of good character and conduct. Choose well when selecting leaders, especially a pastor.