"It is the privilege of every minister to be able to say with Paul, 'I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.' 'I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,... repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ' (Acts 20:27, 20, 21)."


a. Principle Focus (review)

Competency--the quality of being competent; adequate, and in possession of the required skills, knowledge, and capacity for ministry.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

Ephesians 4 richly presents a well-rounded view of the minister as a person who knows the teachings, people skills, conflict management, spiritual gifts, and how-to of maintaining spiritual disciplines.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • I have meticulously checked off the core competencies that a minister should possess. (The minister's genuine conversion is presupposed. See John 3.) Maintaining core competencies is an ongoing task, but by the grace of God and hard work, I have a good foundation in all areas.
  • I study to improve in ministerial core competencies all the time--self-improvement is my goal.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

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e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)


"Lord, I must learn my alphabets before I can read. I also must have the core competencies in place so that I can grow into the leaders You want me to be. Yes, I have the basics in place, but help me to watch out so that I won't get too self-assured, for at that very time I can stumble. But please, Lord, with the core as foundation, help me to excel and do great things for Your cause. "