Session 2: Character Qualities of Elders
Christian leaders lead first in their character. What are the Christ-Like traits of a Mature Elder?
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Christian leaders lead first in their character.
The Bible focuses more upon their character than it does their specific tasks.
- 1 Timothy 3:1–7
- Titus 1:5–9
- 1 Peter 5:1–4
Checklist or Portrait? Functionality of “Above Reproach”
Christ-Like Traits of a Mature Elder/Overseer
Maturity as a disciple (not a recent convert)
Teaching and protecting the gospel
Evidence of Christ’s control in their lives
- Evidence of Christ-likeness and discipleship in the home
- Christ-like interactions with others
- Self-control (Spirit-controlled)
- Motivations for leadership
Reputation with outsiders
Do you think it is best to view 1 Timothy and Titus 1 as a checklist or a portrait of one who is above reproach?
How can you better emphasize the importance of Christ-like character in your elders?
Are you willing to practice church discipline when an elder is no longer above reproach?
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