It is a true saying that if someone wants to be an elder, a he desires an honorable responsibility.
For an elder must be a man whose life cannot be spoken against. He must be faithful to his wife. b He must exhibit self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home and must be able to teach.
He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, peace loving, and not one who loves money.
He must manage his own family well, with children who respect and obey him.
For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God's church?
An elder must not be a new Christian, because he might be proud of being chosen so soon, and the Devil will use that pride to make him fall. c7
Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not fall into the Devil's trap and be disgraced.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)