The reason I left you in Crete was to set right what was left undone and, as I directed you, to appoint elders in every town; one who is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children and not accused of wildness or rebellion. Titus 1:1-2 HCSB
I was asked to do a Sunday School training video for my good friend, Bob Mayfield, who is the Sunday School Director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. This video along with several others was streamed via the internet and people from around Oklahoma and in other states participated in the video training. My video was entitled, “Developing Leaders”. It opened with the words “No Leaders Needed” followed by “This is one sign you will never see in a church. Every church is always in need of leaders.” Since the training video audience was Sunday School leadership, I continued by saying, “A Sunday School will only be as good as its leaders.” The same could be said of the church. Every church needs strong spiritual leaders who can make wise choices for the church.
Paul encouraged Titus to get to work and appoint some elders in every town in Crete, which was a small mountainous island south of Greece in the Mediterranean Sea. The word “elders” actually means “older men”. The older men in any community were looked up to and sought out for advice and direction. It is key to have some strong solid leaders in every church. These leaders set an example by their actions for others and are looked to as spiritual leaders.
Challenge: Depending upon the denomination, you will find different forms of leadership within the church. Some denominations have deacons, some have pastors, some have elders, and some are called to be teachers. Please pray for and support your church leaders. They deserve your complete support and encouragement.