* Not needing criticism
* Worthy of respect
* Able to show hospitality
* Well grounded in the faith/not a new convert
* Loving, selfless, and humble
* Not having fellowship with sin/setting a good moral example (e.g. not selfish, conceited, greedy, combative, aggressive, contentious, an alcoholic)
A rhetorical question that the author raises in this context plays a key role in illustrating the importance of fitting the provided description:
"If a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?"
Obviously, taking on a leadership position requires a lot of responsibility. This is even more so true of becoming a minister, since it entails preaching the entire counsel of God. The Holy Spirit has given to us through Paul a thorough set of guidelines for us to adhere to so as to determine whether a man is fit for the office of pastor. If a man has qualities that do not match up with the list provided here, then, by biblical standards, he is not fit to be a minister.