Staff's ROD

Staff's ROD #22, Biblical Data for Elder Quals

Our 10th emphatic belief states "that the Bible provides clear but strict rules for identifying and ordaining church leaders (married men with children in subjection; no women pastors, teachers or deacons)".  This week, we simply supply the Biblical data behind this strong stance, which is increasingly at odds with common church practices these days.


Quals per Tit. 1:6-9

Quals per 1Tim. 3:1-7

Reasons Given

Blameless (twice)


As the steward of God

Husband of one wife

Husband of one wife



One that ruleth well his own house


Having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly

Having his children in subjection with all gravity

For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?

Not selfwilled



Not soon angry






Not given to wine

Not given to wine


No striker

No striker



Not a brawler


Not given to filthy lucre

Not greedy of filthy lucre



Not covetous


A lover of hospitality

Given to hospitality


A lover of good men






Just, Holy




Vigilant (Temperate); of good behavior


Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught

Apt to teach

That he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.


Not a novice

Lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil


Must have a good report of them which are without

Lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil


wives must be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things


Legend: Black = 1 mention, Red = 2 or more mentions given, Yellow Highlight = Reason given, Bold italic = Several of these!