Passover to Pentecost – Leaders Week 4 Day 4
To prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity. Ephesians 4:12 + 13 (NIV)
Jesus took about three years to pick and train the twelve leaders who would take over when He finally left for Heaven. Some people would argue that Paul’s extended stay in Corinth was to train Timothy, Titus, and others to take his place or at least join him in the ministry.
By the time Paul wrote his book to the Ephesians there was growth in thinking about leaders in the Body. In Ephesians 4: 11 Paul talks about leaders as being gifts to help mature us. But Paul still trained leaders. The letters to Titus and Timothy are the writings of a mentor to two of his mentees. He not only gives personal instruction but he gives advice on how to maintain a church.
Jethro when he visited Moses during the first Counting of the Omer advised him to pick leaders. These men may have been in addition to the leaders in families and tribes of Israel.