Greetings to the Father, Son, Holy spirit, Holy angels and saintns in Christ. Paul continued his instruction to Timothy on the criteria for the selection of bishops in the church, setting the standard for us to follow today.  This will be updated as I progress. Job Title: Bishop (episkopē in Strong’s G1984). Definitions/synonyms – overseer, elder (episkopē in Strong’s G1984). Job summary:

  • Administrator of the ministries of the church – Acts 6; 1 Tim 5: 17,18, Titus 1: 7 
  • Teaching of sound word and doctrine/steward of the mysteries of the faith – 1 Tim 5: 17, 18
  • Steward of God/manager of the house of God= manager of the affairs of the house of God (oikonomos=Strong’s G3623) – Titus 1: 7

Purpose of the role To  teach the saints so that they mature  and become like Christ in character and power and also to ensure that the work of the ministry is continued  (Eph 4: 11 – 15) Ministerial prerequisites for the job Any elder who fulfilled the prerequisites. As General Bishop of the churches of the Gentiles, Paul wrote to Timothy and Titus about the selection of the bishops, indicating to us that these men had been appointed as bishops in the early church by Paul himself.  We must note that Jesus the bishop fulfilled all of these ministry roles.  Paul as bishop  fulfilled all of these ministry roles in the early church. One does not retire from a role on becoming a bishop/elder/overseer. Rather this is the perfect time for the individual to function freely and minister in any of the gifts as the Holy Spirit leads. Teaching is a key element in the role of the bishop.

  •  Apostles (e.g. 1 Peter 5: 1- Peter says that he is an elder and also an apostle)
  • Prophets
  • Teachers
  • Pastors
  • Evangelists (2 Tim 4: 5 – Timothy the bishop of the churches is encouraged to fulfill his ministry of evangelist)

 Requirements: (1 Tim 3: 2-7, Titus )

  • must be mature in the faith, not a novice
  • vigilant (also Acts 20: 28).
  • loves to teach
  • blameless, with a character above reproach;has a good reputation – monogamous, sober, good behavior, hospitable. 
  • good example of a leader in his family life/children and wife under control
  • sober character, not a brawler or drunkard
  • does not succumb to the lure of money/does not take bribes
  • Patient
  • Temperate
  • Righteous
  • Loves good men

Job duties

  • ordain elders – Titus 1: 5, 1 Tim 3: 1
  • Set in order things that are out of order – Titus 1 :5, Paul in his letters to the believers
  • mentor and father younger men and women in the faith (e.g. Jesus to the disciples, Paul to Timothy, Titus and others)
  • deploy/delegate  ministers to ministry assignments (e.g. Titus 1: 5)
  • defend  the body of Christ and the faith from false teachers (Acts 20: 28 – 31, Gal 2: 4-5)
  • Teach sound doctrine by correction, reproof and instruction in righteousness (Acts 20: 27; 2 Tim 3: 16)
  • Correct  other elders (Galatians 2)
  • others  – to be added

Salary and other benefits Paul taught  the believers that those in these ministry roles must be given high honor,  especially those who labor in the word and doctrine .  Administration is hard work.  I believe that the pay should be commensurate with (or even exceed) that of the CEO or Executives of corporations (could be scaled depending on the size of the ministry). Evaluation of outcomes To be added