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Using socio-rhetorical criticism and analysis, the author explores the inner-textual and intertextual texture of 1 timothy 3:1-7. In particular the author draws out how the apostle Paul’s leadership requirement of not being a recent convert is less about the timing of a conversion to christianity and more about the adverse effects of pride on the ability of a leader to lead in a healthy manner. In so doing, the author provides support and insight into the ways in which humility as an essential virtue is applicable to leadership in secular settings as well as christian environments. Furthermore, the author strengthens the case by citing multiple points in secular leadership literature where humility is seen as a positive virtue as opposed to a vice. this is done in order to establish a basis for the encouragement of christian leadership theorists and practitioners to continue their efforts to influence secular theories of leadership and the subsequent applications toward a christian outlook.