It is important to cover the qualifications for leadership, both biblically and academically.
Leaders are held to higher standards than those not in leadership (James 3:1). Morally and practically they must be upright, trustworthy, faithful, worthy of respect, of good character, respectful, honourable, financially ethical and have a hatred of dishonest gain.
Leaders are called to be hospitable, gentle, considerate, self-controlled, ordered, reliable, sensible, disciplined, hardworking, blameless, and beyond reproach. They must have a good reputation with outsiders and manage their own lives and homes with dignity. They must have a believing family, i.e. their spouse and children (within reason). They do not have to be married, but they should remain faithful to and in marriage.
Leaders should be capable and qualified for the office to which they have been called and appointed. They should be able to speak plainly and avoid over complications in their use of language, so that there can be no confusing or further stumbling block that the gospel already is. They must be capable and able to challenge, instruct, warn and remind fellow believers of the gospel and its requirements for Holy and Godly living. They themselves must avoid falling into sin and being ensnared by worldliness, and should be biblically and where possibly secularly law abiding citizens.
Leaders should not be alcohol [or drugs] dependant, nor should they be bullies, violent, quick-tempered, hot-headed, quarrelsome, rebellious, overbearing, lazy, disobedient, or greedy. They must not be a lover of money or motivated towards financial gain. They should not gossip, be an idle or worthless talker, they should not lie or deceive, or be profane and abuse others with words, actions or demeanour. They should avoid stupid and senseless controversies. A leader can not and should not be able to be discredited socially in regards to their character, morality or ethics.
Spiritually a leader is called to be full of the Holy Spirit, full of God’s grace, wisdom, faith, and power. They are called to a life empowered and strengthened by God’s grace and to live with a clear conscience. They must be God loving and people serving, God fearing and living a Godly life, disciplined in their personal devotional life. Leaders are called into a life-ministry which will be full of struggles and suffering – they must be called to endure this, personally, but also for the sake of others, those who already believe, but also who will come to believe on Jesus.
Leaders must be faithful to and hold firmly to orthodoxy and its teachings. Upholding orthodoxy and understanding it. They must be ready, willing and able to reject heresy and anti-orthodoxy teachings, willing and able to call back, remind, challenge and encourage believers over the gospel.
Leaders are to be tested, and found not-wanting, to be One Approved by God, and to be not ashamed, rightly exploring and explaining the scriptures, pursuing righteousness, faith, love and peace, calling upon the Lord for a pure heart. They must be holy and not a new believer, convert or spiritually immature. They must not believe or indulge in stupidity, or to be conceited and they must be trustworthy and capable people.
Paul is not calling for perfection in all these things, but a greater measure than the average believer.
These biblical requirements are found in an expositional study of Exodus 18, Acts 6, Titus 1, 1 Timothy 3 and 2 Timothy 2.
Whilst not a requirement for all leaders, these are nice to have and encouraged to obtain as part of ongoing leadership and individual development. The kinds of qualifications relevant becomes more of an issue at the pastorate level, whilst there is no requirement for a specific qualification for Campus Pastors or Community Planters, there is a requirement for certain qualifications for the Care Pastorate, the Childrens Pastorate, the Youth Pastorate and even the Theological Pastorate. There is not a requirement for Vision or Consul Pastors, but the table below helps show what would be desired or required for the pastorates.
Whilst many of these are only desirable or not required, it is important to reflect that a Pastor at any level MUST be ‘capable and qualified’ for the work they have been called and appointed.
|Campus||Theology||Access Course to Christian Theology||Not Required|
|Vision||Theology||BA (Hons) Christian Theology||Desirable|
|BA (Hons) Business Management||Desirable|
|Care||Theology and Counselling||BA (Hons) Theology & Counselling||Required|
|Theology||Theology||Masters Theology with Biblical Greek & Hebrew or Masters of Divinity||Required|
|Children’s||Theology & Education||BA (Hons) Theology & Childrens Work or Theology & Education||Desirable|
|Youth||Theology & Youth Work||BA (Hons) Theology & Youth Work or Theology & Education||Desirable|
|Theology & Worship||BA (Hons) Theology and Worship||Desirable|
Ordination at EdenPromise comprises the following pre-requisits:
- Successful completed a HND in [Christian] Theology
- or successfully completes and passes the EdenPromise [Long] Theological Examination*
- Employeed for Ministry within the EdenPromise Community
*EdenPromise [Short] Theological Examination is applied to those who have completed successfully completed a HNC in [Christian] Theology, a BA/BSc in other degrees. It is also used for those who have successfully completed an Access Course in Christian Theology. This is again dependant on specific attainment and reciept of qualification transcript.
Honarary titles are occassionally awarded to EdenPromise members for significant contribution to EdenPromise Communities.