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Five Ministerial Values
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Faith. Pastors are called to serve others concerning their personal faith issues. But to accomplish this it is essential that a pastor’s personal faith is in the Lord. Pastors employed as spiritual leaders must themselveshave a spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through their prayer and devotional time. Ellen White wrote, “A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs” (Selected Messages, bk. 1, p. 121).

Family. The sacred circle of the minister’s family is paramount to any and all ministry fulfillment. The pastor’s spouse and children are involved in and affected by the person and the practice of the ministry.

Finances. Focusing on and support for the pastor’s finances is an outgrowth of the recognition God places on those whom He calls. No one becomes a pastor for the sake of worldly riches. But those involved in this area ofpastoral ministry deserve financial provision appropriate to their responsibilities.

Fitness. As a testimony and witness befitting the greatest work on earth, focusing on pastoral fitness is a relevant, meaningful way to support professional practitioners who serve on the front lines of ministry. Periodic evaluations strengthen a pastor’s natural gifts and talents.

Fellowship. Most pastors enjoy being with people. They thrive in ministry where fellowship with parishioners and colleagues is strong. God never intended for us to minister or function alone. Fellowship with others is essential in the journey of pastoral ministry, as is our fellowship with God.