To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Eldership Test

We had a leadership seminar at Feltham on June 15th. One of the exercises which we were given was to score ourselves out of ten for the various characteristics which should be being displayed  by an elder. The list was taken from those revealed in scripture. We were then instructed to go away and ask others who know us well, whether that be in family or in whatever realm, to similarly mark us out of ten. We could then compare our self-awareness with how others perceive us. The list is this:

  1. Above reproach
  2. Faithful to his wife
  3. Temperate
  4. Not overbearing
  5. Loves what is good
  6. Upright
  7. Holy
  8. Disciplined
  9. Self controlled
  10. Hospitable
  11. Able to teach
  12. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught
  13. Not given to drunkenness
  14. Not violent but gentle
  15. Not quick tempered
  16. Not quarrelsome
  17. Not a lover of money
  18. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect
  19. He must not be a recent convert
  20. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders

If you are an elder it will provide a good exercise, if not perhaps a little painful. So why not try doing it? And when you have got a spread of responses make a point of working on the characteristic which you scored worst on.

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