ASPIRATIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS don’t always match up but when it comes to being a PASTOR/ELDER/OVERSEER God has definite necessary guidelines. Violating these guidelines can spell disaster for a church and the Pastor/Elder/Overseer. Following God’s Word would prevent a lot of heartaches for God’s family and would also bring a lot of joy. The Apostle Paul advised Timothy and the church on both the aspirations and qualifications of Pastor/Elder/Overseer. These things are still true today.
“Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap,” (1 Timothy 3:1-7 NIV).
Serving God’s church is one of the greatest privileges one can have if God has called you to serve as Pastor/Elder/Overseer. Living up to the qualifications for this ministry is only possible by God’s grace and mercy and full commitment to the calling. Let’s pray that God will bring up a new generation of young men whose heart will be set on serving God and His church. And one last thought. All Christian men should seek to attain these godly characteristics in their lives even if they don’t aspire to serve God in this position.