The election of a new Archbishop for the diocese of Sydney is happening next year. This is huge news and we should all be praying that God would choose the right man for the job.

I came across this survey from the Australian Church Record. It is about the age of the next Archbishop of Sydney. Surely if you were going to put out a survey on what you want in the next Archbishop his age would not be your first concern? Surely his theology would be wouldn’t it? Wouldn’t you then think  about other matters like his leadership ability, his pastoral skill, his ability to deal with the media and those of other theological persuasions before how many years he has been on earth?

I am not an Anglican but the next Archbishop of Sydney affects every reformed evangelical in in Sydney in some way or another. Here is my shopping list for the next Archbishop of Sydney:

The next Archbishop should be a man who is solid theologically:  He should be reformed, hold to the inerrancy of the scriptures and be complimentarian. He not only needs to hold to great theology he needs to be able to think theologically.

The next Archbishop should be a man who is courageous  he needs to be a man who holds onto the truth of the Scriptures and solid theology come what may. This requires tonnes of courage.

The next Archbishop should be a man who can communicate graciously and effectively:  As part of the job the new  Archbishop will have to communicate with the media and Christians of other theological persuasions as well as the usual preaching to different kinds of congregations. This will require a great ability to communicate.

The next Archbishop should be a leader: thousands of people worldwide will be looking to this man for leadership therefore leadership needs to be one of his strengths.

The next Archbishop should be a man who is godly: a leader of a church must be a man who “must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable,able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?  He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.” (1 Timothy 3:2-7). Therefore, those who are electing the next Archbishop need to be able to discern whether this man has these qualities.

The next Archbishop of Sydney is crucial appointment please be in prayer that Sydney Anglicans would choose a man to lead them who is God’s man for the job.

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