Ministry Philosophy

I believe that the church is comprised of gifted individuals, all of whom are believer-priests and all of whom have something to contribute to the life and operation of the church.  (Rom. 12:1-8; 1Cor. 12; 1Pet. 2:9)

The pastor/teacher (also called an elder or bishop or overseer) is especially prepared by God and called of God to equip the other members for their work of ministry.  When the pastor and members of the church work together in the grace of God and for His glory, they are built up and become mature.  (Eph. 4:11-16)

I believe that the pastor is to be a leader in the church much like a shepherd is the leader of sheep (1Peter 5:1-2) and like the husband is the leader of his family (1Tim. 3:5).  The pastor’s leadership is not a matter of lordship (1Peter 5:3).  His authority comes through the preaching and teaching of the authoritative Word of God and through the pastor’s example of godly living. (1Tim. 4:12-13, 16; 2Tim. 4:1-2; Hebrews 13:7, 17)

The pastor is responsible to God for the spiritual wellbeing of the church.  (Acts 20:28-30; Hebrews 13:17)  To this end he must give himself to the study of the Word of God and to prayer (Acts 6:2-4; 2Tim. 2:15).  He must make sure that the members of the church are being instructed in the Word, that those who teach false doctrine are answered and silenced, and that the members are encouraged to fulfill their role in the body.  (Acts 20:20; 1Tim. 1:3-4; 4:6-8; 2Tim. 4:1-5; Titus 1:11)

SUMMARY: I believe that being a “good minister of Jesus Christ” is a matter of seeking the glory of God through obedience to His word and faithfulness in service.  (1Tim. 4:6-16; Heb. 13:21)

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