The Marks of Faithful & Effective Authorized Ministry
Based on what you have learned about who your church is, who your church’s neighbor is, and who God is calling the church to become, describe four areas of excellence from The Marks of Faithful & Effective Authorized Ministry that your next minister will display to further equip the congregation’s ministry in these areas.
It is our prayerful hope that our Minister of Faith Formation will enrich the members of our faith community in building transformational leadership skills by identifying their spiritual gifts, and to empower and encourage them to utilize these gifts as leaders within our community. The ideal candidate will, much as the model of Jesus, meet people where they are, loving and challenging them to deepen their walk with God. This will be accomplished within our spiritually growing congregation.
The individual God is calling to our congregation will empower our Church to respond to God’s call, recognizing that God calls different people in different ways. Our ideal candidate will encourage leadership development of self and others through continuing education and lifelong learning, while also performing necessary and appropriate administrative tasks. The candidate will be faithful to God’s calling, reflective of Christ’s mission, and will be open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit.
Our Minister of Faith Formation will exhibit the ability to engage us in sacred stories and traditions by drawing upon their inherent knowledge of the church and its roots. The minister will help connect this past to the present in ways that challenge and relate our faith story to our daily lives.
Our congregation acknowledges the stressors in the life of a minister; thus, we encourage developing and maintaining a healthy sense of self as shaped by God, community, and life experiences. We also believe this sense of self will model the kind of balance of work, play, and rest that Christ teaches us. We will not lift up a model of over-functioning that leads to burn out and often fosters resentment.
Our minister will exhibit strong moral character, excellent communication skills, and personal integrity while respecting the dignity of all God’s people. The understanding and the ability to minister to all stages of human development across the life span will be tantamount to their success in strengthening both inter- and intra- personal assets.
Our Minister of Faith Formation will participate in theological praxis and will practice theological reflection and engagement as part of one’s sense of ministerial identity. We believe that as a spiritual leader to many, our ministers also need to ensure that their own spiritual life is cultivated and nurtured. We encourage our clergy to take two days off as Sabbath during the week for study and reflection along with time away for theological development recognizing that one cannot give without also being open to receive what God is still speaking to us.
We will seek to partner with our clergy, encouraging them to continue in their own daily practice of spiritual care. In having that foundation of practice, our Minister of Faith Formation will integrate theological reflection in teaching, preaching, and ecclesial and community leadership using a variety of theological perspectives.
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