MESSAGES ON THE MINISTRY

LESSONS ON THE MINISTRY FOR MINISTERS AND MINISTERS-TO-BE

CAUTIONARY NOTE: This ongoing series of classes on the ministry is NOT intended to address the general ministry of the body of churches we are part of but, rather, to educate and aid those ministers here and abroad that I personally am responsible for. Doing so may require addressing somewhat controversial issues, but only as such are necessary to make clear my position on these issues to those I am responsible for. We have made this public (and not password protected) for several reasons, one being that there are ministers outside of our body of churches who may hear these messages and may consider their ways. That has been the case with other materials we have made public; we have had individuals who listened to them who reached out to us and became a part of what we are doing because of a conviction they felt hearing those messages or reading those materials. I also wanted my position on these issues to be transparent and available to those who love the ministry and its work.

MESSAGES ON THE MINISTRY: Lessons on the Ministry for Ministers and Ministers-to-be Part 1: Introduction and The Callings of God

MESSAGES ON THE MINISTRY: Lessons on the Ministry for Ministers and Ministers-to-be Part 2: Being Called versus Being Chosen, Callings versus Career Choices, and The Attributes and Abilities that must be Present and Recognizable as the Evidence of a Calling to the Ministry

MESSAGES ON THE MINISTRY: Lessons on the Ministry for Ministers and Ministers-to-be Part 3: Biblically-based Ordination, Laying on of Hands and Laying Hands Suddenly on No Man, Identifying a True Minister and Ministry versus a False Minister and Ministry

MESSAGES ON THE MINISTRY: Lessons on the Ministry for Ministers and Ministers-to-be Part 4: Acceptable and Unacceptable Ways of Entering the Ministry, Organizational Ordination and Licensing, Bricks versus Stones, and Denominational Seminaries as Spiritual Cemeteries and Sausage Factories, and more

MESSAGES ON THE MINISTRY: Lessons on the Ministry for Ministers and Ministers-to-be Part 5: Ministerial Preparation Part 1: Preparing the Heart and Mind for the Work of the Ministry, Four Key Areas in which a Minister must Develop to be Prepared for the Ministry, Watching the Spirit and being Led by the Spirt and Discerning between the Spirit and other spirits (our own, other peoples, etc.)

MESSAGES ON THE MINISTRY: Ministerial Preparation Part 2: Studying and Hiding the Word of God in Your Heart part 1: Key Types of Bible Study, Studying Comprehensively, Studying the Original Languages, Studying Contextually, and other Proper and Effective Methods of Study

MESSAGES ON THE MINISTRY: Ministerial Preparation Part 3: Studying and Hiding the Word of God in Your Heart part 2: Tools for Bible Study, Bible Study Apps and Software, Effective Methods for Memorizing Scripture, and Seven Things that will Close your Mind to the Truth

MESSAGES ON THE MINISTRY: Ministerial Preparation Part 4: Studying and Hiding the Word of God in Your Heart part 3: Faulty Methods and Logical Fallacies we must not use in Seeking to Determine the Truth, Rules for Rightly Dividing the Truth, and Ministerial Preparation for the Specific Work of the Ministry a person is called to

MESSAGES ON THE MINISTRY: Ministerial Preparation Part 5: Developing the Spirit of the Ministry, True Charity versus False Charity, Humility versus Arrogance, Servant Leaders versus Sovereigns, Avoiding Idolization, Serving before Leading

MESSAGES ON THE MINISTRY: Ministerial Preparation Part 6: The Sanctity and Integrity of the Ministry, Purity in your Purpose and in you Person, Conditions (that we must not create or allow to continue) that are Conducive to Corruption, Being Accessories to Corruption if we do not Correct it, Extremes in Order and Operations that Encourage Corruption, Protecting ourselves from Environments and Actions that might Encourage Corruption, Two Keys to Maintaining a Pure Ministry

MESSAGES ON THE MINISTRY: Paul’s Lists of Qualifications for the Ministry and Twelve Spiritual “Blemishes” that will Disqualify a Man from the Ministry

MESSAGES ON THE MINISTRY: Ministerial Etiquette, True Love and Respect of all in the Ministry for One Another, The Twelve Oxen and the Need for Genuine Trust among the Ministry, Respect for and between the Elder and Younger in the Ministry, The Abuse of the term “Young Ministers”, The Younger Generation as the Future of the Church, The Real Measure of a Man’s Ministry, Ministerial Etiquette in the Local Church, Respecting the Offices and Callings of other Ministers, Respect for a Minister’s Sphere of Influence, and Respect for a Minister’s Territory of Activity