Guy King wrote,
…if those leaders would lead others aright, they must themselves be led aright.[i]
If the church is going to fulfil its purpose, the leadership must exemplify lives that are guided by the Word of God and dependent upon Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
[i] King, Guy H. (1962). A Leader Led: An Expositional Study of 1 Timothy (p. 57). Basingstoke, Hants., RG23 TCP. Marshall, Morgan & Scott, Ltd.