Enduring Values for Leadership Development

Enduring Values for Leadership Development Drawn from a Study of 1 Timothy

By Allen Quist 

Paul’s Characteristics for First Century Church Leaders

Paul’s list of leader behaviors in 1 Timothy 3 provided Timothy with information to help him discern the true teachers from the false teachers of the time. Surprisingly, the list compares to and is a recontextualization of the dominant characteristics described in “Jewish, pagan, and Christian sources” and matches the ethical expectations of the population at large. If 1 Timothy 3 is not a list of Paul’s expected characteristics for Christian leaders, what does Paul expect? Paul gives Timothy what he considers the enduring values and therefore behaviors of Godly leaders.

Leaders value godliness and therefore lead godly lives (1 Tim. 2:2; 3:16; 4:7-8; 6:3, 5-6, 11) through their “speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity” (4:12). Campbell points out that Paul mentions godliness eight times in 1 Timothy. In 1 Timothy 4:7, Paul said that godliness was a characteristic for leaders to pursue, even though Paul does not mention godliness in the chapter 3 list of leadership characteristics. Leaders value their relationship with God (God’s love in them) and therefore evidence “a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1:5). Leaders Next Pagevalue endurance in the battle and therefore evidence the strength to continue to “fight the good fight”, to continue “keeping the faith”, and to maintain “a good conscience” (1:18-19; 6:12). Leaders value Spirit-led discernment based on God’s Word evidenced by a hunger for nourishment and true doctrine from the Word (4:6).

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