Paul’s written word served as a reminder of the instructions that he had no doubt spoken to Titus when they were together at Crete. The first priority in correcting deficiencies in the church was to appoint qualified men to serve as elders.
As he had written to Timothy, Paul also listed to Titus the attributes necessary for a man to qualify for the eldership. He must be blameless, the husband of one wife, have faithful children, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, hospitable, lover of good, sober-minded, just, holy and self-controlled. An elder must also be able to exhort and convince those who would teach error or otherwise try to undermine the church.