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
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.