Give a bonus to leaders who do a good job, especially the ones who work hard at preaching and teaching.
Scripture tells us, "Don't muzzle a working ox," and, "A worker deserves his pay."
Don't listen to a complaint against a leader that isn't backed up by two or three responsible witnesses.
If anyone falls into sin, call that person on the carpet. Those who are inclined that way will know right off they can't get by with it.
God and Jesus and angels all back me up in these instructions. Carry them out without favoritism, without taking sides.
Don't appoint people to church leadership positions too hastily. If a person is involved in some serious sins, you don't want to become an unwitting accomplice. In any event, keep a close check on yourself.
And don't worry too much about what the critics will say. Go ahead and drink a little wine, for instance; it's good for your digestion, good medicine for what ails you.
The sins of some people are blatant and march them right into court. The sins of others don't show up until much later.
The same with good deeds. Some you see right off, but none are hidden forever.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)