The Role of Overseer in a Ministry

 Qualifications: (1Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:7)

  • Blameless (above reproach)Personal responsibility–1Timothy 3:10–Thank God for the blood of Christ that delivers us from our sin nature.
  • The husband of one wife (Uninhibited in love and dedication)
  • Vigilant (actively watchful of dangers and snares) 1Peter 5:8, Acts 20:29-31
  • Of good behavior (Orderly and modest) Titus 3:8
  • Hospitable (lover of people)
  • Able to teach and constructively direct. 2 Timothy 2:24
  • Not being drunk (clear headed)
  • Not Quarrelsome or defensive, but as much as it is up to you, living at peace with others. Romans 12:18
  • Humble and not for personal gain
  • Patient, Gentle, Tender
  • Content with what you have
  • Management/Leader of own family (Meeting the needs of the family and making sure things run smoothly) 1Timothy 3:12, Joshua 24:15, Psalms 101:2-8, Acts 10:2
  • Disciplinarian within the home (for the kiddos) Genesis 18:19, Titus 1:6, Phillipians 4:8

 Why so strenuous?

 1 Timothy 3:5—If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?

 Acts 20:28-31a—Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.  Be shepherds of the church of God which he bought with his own blood. Savage wolves will come among you and will not spare the flock.  So, be on your guard.

 BE MINDFUL, STRONG, AND COURAGEOUS!  The heart of the Lord is not weak, hazy, or mindless, but always watching, always loving.  In Wild at Heart, John Eldridge describes the heart of Christ as the “Heart of a lion.”

If we define “church” as the gathering of two or more believers in the name of Christ, then a family of believers dedicated to doing His will is clearly a simple church.  Scripture seems clear in these versus that if we are to be entrusted in overseeing others, we must first be mindful of ourselves and our family’s needs.  As in many things, he who can be entrusted with little can be entrusted with lots.   

In simple church leadership, it is not about a single leader or traditional pastors speaking from a pulpit.  Instead, it is about Christ building his church led by the Holy Spirit.  In saying this, the job description of a church overseer is to lead everything to Christ.  In a thriving fellowship,  Jesus Christ must be the center of attention.  When Christ is the focus, the Holy Spirit truly leads in remarkable ways.