Titus 1:5-16 ; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 1 Peter 5:1-11; John 21:15-25 – “Lead and Feed”

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“Where the shepherd goes, so go the sheep.”  I’m not really sure whether this is a common phrase that is used, however, the principle is sound and the concept true.  While it was not the responsibility of the shepherd to make the sheep eat, failure to lead them to sources of food and water and to protect them from the dangers around them could have been devastating to the flock.

This is, perhaps, the main reason why Jesus, Peter, and Paul all treat the notion of leadership with such great importance.  Jesus teaches His disciples about leadership and Paul lays out, many time, the expectations for leaders. There is, however, something different about them than the average leader though: Paul doesn’t necessarily seek the wealthiest or most successful, he seeks those who act like Jesus did and point to Him with their lives.

Questions to take home:

  1. Read the 1 Timothy 3 passage again.  What are some of the qualifications for leaders that are present here?  How do you think these qualities would be beneficial for leadership in the church?
  2. The closing narrative of John 21 is intimately related to Peter’s reflections on leadership in 1 Peter 5.  How do you think Peter’s experience with Jesus there impacted his future leadership of the church? What do you think we can learn from it as we consider future leaders?
  3. This week begins the process for nominating Elders and Deacons for next year’s consistory; in your mailbox is the nomination ballot.  Given what we have learned and read, prayerfully consider the individuals eligible. Who do you feel God is calling to serve in the next class of Elders and Deacons?