Here is a trustworthy saying:1 If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer,a2 he desires a noble task.
Now the overseer must be above reproach,3 the husband of but one wife,4 temperate,5 self-controlled, respectable, hospitable,6 able to teach,73
not given to drunkenness,8 not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome,9 not a lover of money.104
He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.115
(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)126
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited13 and fall under the same judgment14 as the devil.
He must also have a good reputation with outsiders,15 so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.168
Deacons,17 likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine,18 and not pursuing dishonest gain.