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Character Matters

There is no end to the variety of pastoral assessments. Most, however, focus on evaluating a pastor’s skillset or abilities—Were the sermons biblical? Was he a good teacher? How many people were baptized? Did people change under his counseling? Few evaluations are robust in their evaluation of a pastor’s character. The Beatitudes (the values of the Kingdom of God) can serve as a basis for a pastor’s character self-evaluation. The following is how I have used these values of the Beatitudes in assessing pastoral staff.

  • To be poor in spirit is to be teachable.
    • When have I last learned and changed?
    • When have I taken advice or guidance from a team member?
  • To mourn is to listen to the Holy Spirit as he reveals our own sin and how sin has caused brokenness in others.
    • When have I admitted I was wrong and changed?
    • When have I heard the pain of another and listened to the Holy Spirit to learn how to respond?
  • To be meek is to demonstrate self-control and gentleness.
    • When have I demonstrated self-control and sought to bring about a God-pleasing outcome?
    • When have I respected the choice of another without judgment or a harsh response?
  • To be righteous is to meet the holy standard rooted in the nature of God. A nature based on agape love that seeks the flourishing of the other.
    • When have I sought the flourishing of someone else?
    • When have I sought to empower another, to seek their best interest over my own?
  • To be merciful works with the discipline of meekness, creating room for another’s development.
    • When have I treated a mistake in someone else as an investment or opportunity for growth?
    • When have I discerned the context of someone’s behaviour instead of assuming I knew it?
  • To be pure in heart is to be transparent in motives and live with integrity.
    • When have I honestly tested my own motives in a situation?
    • When have I sought to hide or deflect misbehaviour instead of honestly seeking to deal with it?
  • To be a peacemaker is to courageously love our enemy with discernment and kindness.
    • When did I genuinely show love to someone in conflict with me
    • When have I shown discernment and kindness in a disagreement instead of judgment?
  • To be persecuted is to serve another and be restrained in response to suffering.
    • When have I absorbed evil rather than reacting by taking offence?
    • When have I used power or position to take advantage of another?

Questions?  Reach out to Tony:

tony@dalmenycommunitychurch.com

Tony Martens

Pastor, Dalmeny Community Church

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There is no end to the variety of pastoral assessments. Most, however, focus on evaluating a pastor’s skillset or abilities.  The following is how I have used these values of the Beatitudes in assessing pastoral staff.