Theological principle: church leaders who prove faithful in their commit to lead the church, especially through preaching and teaching the word, are worthy of honor and should receive respect from the church and compensation for their labor.
1 Timothy 5:19-20
Handling charges of sin against church leaders
Theological Principle: Accusations against church leaders must not be received unless substantiated by the evidence of two or three witnesses, but when accusations are proven, the sinning church leader must be rebuked in front of everyone in order to cause the church an appropriate fear.
1 Timothy 5:21-23
Take care in selecting elders by rejecting favoritism and be exercising patience
Theological Principle: Prejudgment and favoritism but not be displayed in the appointment of church leaders. Appointing church leaders too hastily can lead to sharing in the sins of those church leaders and the impurity of those affirming the appointment.
1 Timothy 5:24-25
The danger in appointing elders hastily
Theological Principle: If leaders are appointed too hastily, then the sins of some of those men will not be immediately evident but will only become evident after their appointment to leadership. Likewise, some faithful men might be passed over for leadership in the church because their sound qualifications for leadership will not be immediately evident but will only become obvious in due time.