Head, Heart, Hands
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13).
Through pastoral formation in the Free Methodist Church USA, we seek to develop the heart, head, and hands of women and men called into ministry through a process involving mentoring relationships, academic courses, and practical hands-on ministry leading toward the following outcomes:
|Characterized by spiritual maturity and a strong sense of a call to ministry.
Shaped by the spiritual disciplines
Roots identity and calling firmly in Christ
Models a Spirit-led life of holiness.
|Demonstrates biblical understanding.
Possesses holistic, biblical knowledge
Has a Wesleyan hermeneutic that accepts the authority of Scripture
Demonstrates ability to root their Wesleyan worldview in the Bible
|Demonstrates fruitfulness in ministry.
Has a track record of transformational preaching/teaching/leading
Personally and corporately engages in evangelism
Able to build and maintain healthy and diverse faith communities
|Demonstrates a high level of self-awareness.
Understands and articulates their strengths and weaknesses
Builds teams around blind spots
Knows how their leadership/communication style impacts others both positively and negatively
|Demonstrates a Wesleyan Theological Integration.
Knows and embraces the history, polity, Articles of Religion, and core values of the Free Methodist Church
Articulates Wesleyand distinctives compellingly
Understands and embraces Wesleyan relational theology
|Embraces ministry of justice and compassion
Challenges injustice and discrimination wherever it is found
Engages local and global needs of the broken and poor
Continually focuses ministry on the margin, seeking to emancipate all who exist within enslaving systems
|Lives a well-balanced life that can sustain the demands of ministry.
Attends adequately to physical, emotional, and mental needs
Schedules regular time for play and recreation
Lives a simple life, free of unhealthy addiction and compulsion
|Has a theological education commensurate with ordained ministry
Has completed an undergraduate degree
Has completed some graduate work in theology
Models and promotes lifelong learning
|Operates as a servant-leader
Promotes the development of others
Serves the local and global church, demonstrating cross-cultural competency
Creates healthy ministry environments characterized by safety and non-judgment
|Lives a life shaped by love for others.
Prioritizes spouse and children (if applicable)
Builds and maintains close, healthy relationships with people inside and outside of the church
Cultivates relationships of confession and accountability
|Has an ecumenical posture toward the Church and the world
Actively seeks to build and maintain bridges among fellow Christian groups
Demonstrates an appreciation for the contribution of other Christian traditions while wholeheartedly embracing our own
Demonstrates a growing appreciation for humanity and value for all people regardless of their belief system
|Empowers others to discover and function within their God-given design
Demonstrates wholehearted support for women in ministry
Facilitates and promotes multicultural community and staff
Actively helps others discover their brilliance
Remains teachable and accepts corrections when given
Maintains a non-defensive posture toward leaders, followers, and peers
Willingly seeks the perspective of others
|Possesses the ability to practically apply learning
Demonstrates an ability to make complex theology understandable to all
Demonstrates an ability to find God’s redemptive activity in daily life
Demonstrates an ability to deepen faith through real-life experiences
|Leads with creativity and vision
Seeks best practices of contextual and culturally relevant ministry
Envisions alternatives and successfully leads others toward more creative and effective outcomes
Casts compelling vision and develops strategic plans to accomplish it