Biblcal Leadership Traits - Tested

Masters Men: Leadership

Biblical Leadership Traits


1 Timothy 3:8



NAU 1 Timothy 3:10 These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach 

BGT 1 Timothy 3:10 καὶ οὗτοι δὲ δοκιμαζέσθωσαν πρῶτον, εἶτα διακονείτωσαν ἀνέγκλητοι ὄντες.

This term is used frequently in the NT (more in the LXX). It is the imperative passive of δοκιμάζω that simply means to prove by test or examination. The basic idea is that something is compared against a standard. For instance, in Prov 17:3 (“the refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests hearts) the idea is to refine out the dross and only pure gold left.

So the concept is that only genuine proven out men qualify – they have been tested and passed. And this examination is something done to them (passive). The purpose of the examination is approval. Note the term “first” - first the exam; then the recognition.

What is this exam? Need not be a formal examination – an ongoing observation of life might be sufficient. However, some sort of examine is assumed in order to answer whether the person in fact meets all the qualification as the observation indicates. This also assumes that a length of time for observation takes place before service as a leader. 


  1. What is an adequate amount of time needed to “test” a prospective leader?
  1. Propose an examination process for prospective leaders. Include specific elements of the process as well as a timeline.
  1. Evaluate the common practice of placing a man in the deaconate in order to “get him active in the work.”

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