1 Timothy 3.1-7

1   It is a true saying that if someone wants to be an elder,  he desires an honorable responsibility.

2   For an elder must be a man whose life cannot be spoken against. He must be faithful to his wife.

     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.

3   He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, peace loving, and not one who

    loves money.

4   He must manage his own family well, with children who respect and obey him.

5   For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of Godís church?

6   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.

7   Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not fall into the Devilís

    trap and be disgraced.