I saw this post from Desiring God regarding what a church should look for when searching out a leader. I think the true description of what God wants is best found in the Spirit saturated pages of the Bible. So often the church becomes prey to the latest fashions and fads and ends up being run like a corporation. We search for the coolest programs and the best way to reach that generation of seekers. More often than not, that means finding someone hip and modern instead of biblical and grounded. I appreciate this post not only for its implications for pastors, but also for lay leadership.

What Kind of Men Are You Looking For?

Posted: 08 Aug 2009 05:50 AM PDT

(Author: Lukas Naugle)

“Seeking creative-types who want to reach out to a culturally diverse and post-denominational world.”

I read this advertisement today from a seminary. I asked myself, “If I was a seminary recruiter what kind of man would I be looking to train to teach and lead the church of the future?”

Does the church need self-labeled creative-types in leadership? What is a creative-type?

Do they have a mac? Do they have messy hair? Do they not tuck their shirt in? Do they create something? Are they the ones who appreciate all kinds of art? Are they entrepreneurial? Do they have a reputation for bucking the establishment?

If we were to look to God’s Word about this, especially 1 Timothy 3:1-8 and 2 Timothy 2:2, we would find descriptors like:

  • above reproach
  • husband of one wife
  • sober-minded
  • self-controlled
  • respectable
  • hospitable
  • able to teach
  • not a drunkard
  • not violent but gentle
  • not quarrelsome
  • not a lover of money
  • manage his household well
  • not a recent convert
  • well thought of by outsiders
  • dignified
  • not double-tongued
  • faithful

Whether we think of ourselves as a creative-type or not, my hope is that all men who aspire to leadership in the church would desire the label of man of God (1 Tim. 6:11), workers for your joy (2 Cor. 1:24), servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God (1 Cor. 4:1), men of sincerity (2 Cor. 2:17).