Setting a Good Example

For an overseer, as God’s administrator, must be blameless, not arrogant, not hot-tempered, not addicted to wine, not a bully, not greedy for money, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, righteous, holy, self-controlled, holding to the faithful message as taught, so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teaching and to refute those who contradict it. Titus 1:7-9 HCSB

My job title is Minister of Education and Administration. The administration side of my job seems to take the majority of my time. There are always purchase orders to approve, bills to pay, financial reports to check, and then there is the job of making sure the buildings are maintained, cleaned, and set up for the next activity. As the administrator, I also have to make sure we are compliant with government regulations and that there are policies in place to determine how we handle certain situations. It is a big job, but I enjoy it.

Paul uses the terminology of “overseer” as another word for “elder”. He goes on to describe the “overseer” as God’s administrator. The “overseer” is responsible for making sure God’s business is taken care of and that things run smoothly. If one is going to be a leader in the church, he should be held to a higher standard than others and should set a good example for others in his speech and behavior.

Challenge: Make a list of the different traits and characteristics of an “elder” or “overseer”. Then rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 on each characteristic with 1 being low and 10 being high. On what areas do you need to work? Ask God to help you become the person He desires you to be and to set a good example for others.

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