To Titus, my true child in a common faith:I know these posts have been uncharacteristically-brief for me, but I don't want anyone accusing me of mericlessly beating any pastor over what they ought to be as they shepherd God's people. But I do want to make something absolutely clear: if you're a pastor, Paul here is telling Titus that he's not allowed to invent the position the way he thinks it ought to be executed.
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
Really: it's not up to you. I was listening to Matt Chandler preach one via podcast, and he made the wholly-sound point that, all told, I am stupid, and you are stupid -- that if we look back a decade or a year or even a couple of months, we can see how incomplete (to say the least) our wisdom and cleverness really is. And that doesn't get remedied by having a group of us get together: it gets worse.
So what we have to do is find some source of wisdom which, frankly, has already stood the test of time and, at its root, has a truly-wise source. So we turn to scripture for wisdom as Christians because it is all that.
But if this is true, the definition of being whatever it is we say we are in Christ had better come from Scripture. So as a pastor, one ought to have the obligation of doing that personally before he starts up with the rest.
Hence: Paul says to Titus, "This is why I left you in Crete."
You want to know why Paul sent Titus or Timothy to some place? Well, here it is. And if you're like them -- and we shall see in short order that you ought to be, brother pastor -- you should consider that this is why you are left in your local church.
We have covered the obligations of your congregation well enough that it can be said somewhat humbly that nobody is saying the whole burden of the local church is on you, dear pastor. But let's be clear: there is a burden on you, a task laid out. It would be well-considered of you to make sure you're doing that.