- 1 Peter 5:1-4
1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. [emphasis mine]
To the flock (toward leadership) Swindoll writes:
"Be tolerant. A better word is patient. Try your best not to be too demanding or set your expectations too high. Confront when necessary... but even then be kind. Be tactful. Pray for them! Encourage them! When you do, you'll find them more willing to serve the Lord among you."
Very exciting, yet humbling advice on both sides! Let's do our part (on both sides) Amen? Amen!