I left you in charge in Crete so you could complete what I left half-done. Appoint leaders in every town according to my instructions.
As you select them, ask, "Is this man well-thought-of? Are his children believers? Do they respect him and stay out of trouble?"
It's important that a church leader, responsible for the affairs in God's house, be looked up to - not pushy, not short-tempered, not a drunk, not a bully, not money-hungry.
He must welcome people, be helpful, wise, fair, reverent, have a good grip on himself,
and have a good grip on the Message, knowing how to use the truth to either spur people on in knowledge or stop them in their tracks if they oppose it.