1 Timothy 3:1-13 CSB

Qualifications of Church Leaders

1 This saying is trustworthy:a "If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a noble work."

References for 1 Timothy 3:1

    • a 3:1 - This saying is trustworthy could refer to 1 Tm 2:15.
      2 An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher,b

      References for 1 Timothy 3:2

        • b 3:2 - Or hospitable, skillful in teaching
          3 not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy-
          4 one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity.
          5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God's church?)
          6 He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil.
          7 Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the Devil's trap.
          8 Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money,
          9 holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
          10 And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons.
          11 Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything.
          12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently.
          13 For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.