Leaders are very important; they can make or break any organisation, government or church. Just as good leadership is vital to a country; so godly leadership is vital to the life, health and growth of the church. The leaders in a church are called “elders”. In our church it is the Elders that make up our Church Council. Every two years, we as members nominate men who we believe will be godly elders; these men are screened by the existing church council; if accepted they must receive a majority vote at our Annual General Meeting to be on the Church Council. We have adopted this model because we believe it’s wise and in accordance with the biblical model of church governance.
1 Timothy 5:17-25 is about setting high standards*. Its about the need for Christian leaders to be careful about the way they live so that we don’t bring Jesus’ name into disrepute and undermine our message.
Christian Leaders should be honoured and cared for
The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honour, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” (v17-18)
Here we learn that there were different kinds of elders in the New Testament church. There were some elders who were volunteers, or what’s called “lay elders”. They are responsible for the spiritual and pastoral oversight. And they’re also the ones who direct the affairs of the church. Back in Timothy’s day the majority were “lay elders,” working full-time jobs to support their families and then overseeing the church as volunteers.