-Paul is discussing elders and overseers. This seems to be the same role. In I Timothy 3 he uses the word "overseer," while in Titus 1 he uses both "elder" and "overseer."
-Overseeing is a "noble task." Paul sees this as something good for the church.
-Paul discusses character issues much more than skills. Godliness is more important than talent or education.
-Paul speaks in the present tense. In looking at a man's character, therefore, the focus should be on what he is currently as opposed to what he was years ago.
-Overseers must have good reputations both inside and outside the church. What is he thought of in his broader community?
-Overseers must hold firm to the gospel - for the purposes of both instruction and rebuke.
I wonder: as we think of the role of elders/overseers/pastors, do our expectations and assumptions line up with what Paul says here? Let's make it be so.