In Romans 12:8, Paul places the gift of leading between the gifts of giving and mercy.
- or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads (proı̈́stēmi), with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. - Romans 12:8
The placement of leads between gives and mercy emphasizes the caring aspect of leading. As well, Romans 12:8 states that the gift of leading is to be done with diligence (spoudḗ). That is, the gift is to be executed with zeal or eagerness.
In the New Testament, the verb leads or proı̈́stēmi is often applied to the work of elders.
- The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. - 1 Timothy 5:17
God has set elders over the church, to preside over the business of the church, to care for the people of the church and direct them to live lives which glorify the Lord. That God has commissioned elders to rule or lead the church implies that elders are equipped with the gift of leading. In particular, these elders care for and direct believers by teaching and preaching the Scriptures (i.e., pastor-teachers).