Raise up leaders
I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you. Titus 1:5
Paul had a routine of going into towns and setting up churches. Then training up someone in the area to oversee that work while Paul went on ahead to the next city. Titus was one of the trainees that Paul left in Crete to complete what Paul had started. Titus was to train people who lived and gathered for worship there. Paul had the same instructions at every place he set up. As you read today’s scripture passage, you will notice that Titus is looking for elders with the same qualifications that Paul gave Timothy for his leadership team.
As you lead in your church or community, you can use these qualities to identify candidates for your team. In whatever leadership role you have, it is always good to bring someone along to train them in what you are doing so they can fill the void when you grow into your next position.
Starting with living a blameless life. This doesn’t mean the person has never sinned or messed up, it just means they live with a repentant heart. Other qualities include faithful with a good reputation and not rebellious. Someone who manages God’s household, not arrogant or quick tempered. Not a heavy drinker, not violent or dishonest with money. He must enjoy being hospitable, love what is good and live wisely and just.
These are the attitudes to look for in someone to serve along side of you in your place of ministry. By recognizing these qualities in a person, you will be ensured to select the right person to bring along with you. Whether it is to complete a current project or begin a new one, bringing those along with you will ensure you are helping and mentoring others to be ready when they are called upon. It is also a way that we hand off God’s wisdom to the next generation.
Today I want to encourage you to bring others along with you in ministry. Train up those who can help to successfully start and finish projects. Whether it is ministry, vocation or recreation, look for those you can bring along with you and train in the things of integrity and wisdom. We may not be here for the next generation, but we are responsible for making sure the things of God get passed to them. Today, start praying about who you can bring along with you and fulfill the call of raising up the next generation of leaders.
Today’s scripture reading: Titus 1:5-9