That listening tour generated a list of some 7400 outcomes, which over time they pruned down to 91. With their permission, I'd like to share in three posts the 91 competencies of a minister. Here are the first two domains
Be able to:
The Person of a Pastor
- Maintain a healthy balance between ministry, family, friends and self, and holistically care for oneself and family.
- Exhibit Christ-like character, such as humility, transparency, authenticity, and morality, including the ability to keep confidences, foster trust, practice financial integrity, and maintain a teachable spirit.
- Develop a healthy and maturing walk with God, including identifying and practicing personal spiritual disciplines.
- Recognize and develop pastoral virtues such as relational skills, servanthood, humility, empathetic listening, discerning the needs of others, genuine love and compassion for all people, and other pastoral care skills.
- Demonstrate respect for the leadership of others, embrace leadership responsibility and share leadership with others.
- Recognize the importance of tending to the health of one’s family and marriage, their families relationship to church life and expectations.
- Identify differing personalities, spiritual gifts and the dynamics of basic human psychology.
- Interact with and relate well to others, including skills of listening and managing interpersonal conflict.
- Demonstrate a genuine love of others and the graces of ministry.
- Demonstrate a basic awareness of one’s own self, including one’s personality, strengths, and weaknesses, in relation to one’s environment.
- Manage oneself, including the use of time, accountability and personal support systems.
- Demonstrate evidence of a trajectory of lifelong learning both in areas related to ministry and in one’s knowledge of the world.
- Demonstrate evidence of an authentic call from God for vocational ministry and a strong sense of one’s ultimate identity grounded in Christ rather than a position or performance.
- Demonstrate love, sensitivity and respect for the cultures of one’s church, community and other groups.
- Recognize key aspects of local/global culture, history, worldviews, and any other aspects of context necessary for effective pastoral ministry.
- Develop a method of ministry in relation to varying ministry contexts, including ministry to persons of different generations, ethnicities, genders and cultures.
- Ability to distinguish between genuine Christian beliefs and the various ways in which they often play out in specific cultures and contexts.
- Design and communicate a contextual strategy for outreach that engages the local culture and cultivates relationships with various people in the community.