He was subsequently sent to Corinth, Greece, where he successfully reunited the Christian community with its founder, Paul. Titus was eventually assigned to the island of Crete to assist in the organization of the church, and he later met with the Apostle Paul at Nicopolis. He immediately traveled to Dalmatia (now Croatia). There he helped establish churches and lead congregations for several years before being sent back to Crete. On the way there, however, he stopped in Macedonia and Achaia, where he left Titus in charge of the churches he had founded.
Titus was a young man when he joined the team of missionaries sent out by Paul. Because he was not an apostle, it is likely that he served as a deacon or elder.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul mentions having sent "Timothy our brother" to Titus who was now in Crete, saying that he was helping him set things right in the church there. This may indicate that Timothy had previously been on the same mission team as Titus and that they were now working together toward that end. If this is true, then we can assume that Titus had returned from his first trip to Crete before going on to Macedonia and Achaia.
We know very little about Titus's life after he left Crete other than what is mentioned in his letter.
He is said to be a Gentile who was converted to Christianity by Paul and was consecrated as Bishop of the Island of Crete, according to legend. Titus took a fundraising letter from Paul to Corinth in order to collect for the impoverished in Jerusalem. When he arrived, he brought relief through his efforts.
Titus has been praised for his humility and he is said to have died a peaceful death in Crete. However, some historians believe that he may have been executed with other leaders of the Cretan Church during the reign of Emperor Domitian (81-96 A.D.).
There are two passages in the Bible that mention Titus: Acts 16:1 and 2 Timothy 4:22. The book of Titus is not included in the Protestant canon.
Titus comes after Phoebe, an evangelist who traveled with Paul, and before Priscilla, who became a mentor to Aquila. As with these friends of Paul's, we can assume that they played a major role in spreading the message of Christ throughout Europe.
Titus has been called the "forgotten missionary."
During the early years of the church, missionaries were needed in many parts of the world. In fact, the New Testament indicates that Paul planned to send missionaries to Spain, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), Macedonia, and Greece.
Macedonia Titus traveled north and met Paul in Macedonia after completing this assignment successfully. Overjoyed by Titus' accomplishment, the apostle penned 2 Corinthians. Titus then returned to Corinth with a larger entourage and two Corinthians. Paul afterwards joined Titus in Corinth. From there they went to Jerusalem for the Jewish Feast of Passover.
Titus had made three trips from Rome to Corinth. On his third and final journey, he brought back news of Paul's release from prison in Rome and their appointment as missionaries to the Gentiles. Also, there were now twenty-five people in Titus' party, which included a number of slaves. They had been traveling for about two years and would soon reach their destination - Greece - but first they stopped in Caesarea to see Peter.
Paul and Titus had never met before but now they became friends. Paul admired Titus because he was such a good worker with no interest in being famous or rich. Titus appreciated Paul because he was an honest man who taught the Jews to obey Jesus Christ instead of killing them.
While in Corinth, Titus helped Paul by publicizing his letters and visiting churches that had received them. Then, at the end of two years, they left together for Jerusalem where Paul was to be tried before Caesar.
Before they left, Paul gave some instructions to Titus on how to run the church when he got back to Rome.
Titus Titus, an associate of the apostle Paul, was assigned to minister on the island of Crete. Titus was given the task of "putting what remained in order and appointing elders in every town" by Paul (Titus 1:5). In other words, Titus was to establish churches with strong pastors in dozens of Crete towns.
Paul sent him along with Zera, a servant of his who was also a believer, because he wanted them to help Titus in his work. It is not clear how long after this that Titus began his pastorate, but it probably wasn't more than a few years since Paul first sent him to Crete. The book of Titus shows that Titus continued to serve with Paul until shortly before his death. After that, nothing more is known about him.
He had sons named Silas and Linus from what we know today was a city in Macedonia. We don't know any more about them except that they too were believers in Jesus Christ. We can be sure that like their father, they went out from Crete to ministry around the same time as their brother Titus. There are no records indicating that they ever served with Paul, but it seems likely that they did. Like their father, both brothers ended up in Rome where they were known to the people there. From there they returned to Crete where they died at a very young age.
Now back to our story...
Titus received a letter from Paul the Apostle. St. Titus, the organizer of Crete's churches, received a New Testament letter sent to one of St. Paul the Apostle's close colleagues, St. Titus. It is the 17th book in the canon of the New Testament. The traditional date for its writing is around 64-65 AD.
Titus was a young man at the time he received this letter from Paul. He had been appointed by the elders of Crete to manage their church affairs while St. Paul was on trial before Caesar. When Paul was released, he sent Titus back to Crete with another missionary, St. Sosipater. Then he went to Corinth to visit his friend again. During these visits, Paul wrote three more letters to Titus.
Titus was a good friend to St. Paul. In fact, he was considered by many to be a second brother to Paul. They were very close in age - Titus was only twenty years old when he received the present from Paul. Also, they came from the same province in Greece - both were born in Pontus. But most important, they shared the same faith as far as it can be found outside Rome - Christianity. There were many Gentiles who believed in Jesus Christ too, but they lived in Greek cities of Asia Minor (present-day Turkey). These people didn't have any leaders of their own church.
The Church of Corinth is often thought to have been founded by Paul, making it an Apostolic See. The apostle Paul first came to the city in AD 49 or 50, while Gallio, Seneca's brother, was proconsul of Achaia. Paul lived in this house for eighteen months (see Acts 18:11). In his letter to the Corinthians, he refers to this congregation as "the church of God at Corinth" (1 Cor 1:2). After his third missionary journey, which took him to Athens and Jerusalem, Paul wrote a second letter to the Corinthians, who had apparently been criticizing his ministry methods.
Corinth was a major commercial center in ancient Greece, located on the Isthmus of Corinth about eight miles from the sea. It was here that Paul met with the church and had a dispute with them about food laws. As a result of this disagreement, Paul left Corinth after being pressured to do so by the Jews living there. He then went to Ephesus where he spent three years before going back to Rome. During his second trip, he stopped in Athens, where he found the church still divided over the issue of food laws. This may have been what prompted him to write the letter to the Corinthians from there.
In conclusion, the Church of Corinth was a large church with many divisions due to food laws. Paul probably did not establish this see because it was already functioning when he arrived in Athens, but rather he responded to a need within the Corinthian church itself.