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Bible Requirements for Ministers
Worldwide Church of God   
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On January 5, 1968, the Radio Church of God (founded October 21, 1933) was renamed the Worldwide Church of God. Soon after, the church began to broadcast a television version of The World Tomorrow. The program would eventually expand to 382 U.S. television stations, and 36 television outlets internationally.

A. Appellations of Ministers

  1. Minister. The word used most in Greek is Strong's #1249, diakonos (the same word is translated "deacon" elsewhere). It means an attendant, a waiter at table or in other menial duties. The root word means to run errands.
  2. Ambassador for Christ (II Cor. 5:20).
  3. Fishers for men (Matt. 4:19; Mark 1:17).
  4. Shepherd (Matt. 9:36; Matt. 10:6).
  5. Laborer (I Thess. 3:2; Phil. 2:25; I Cor. 3:9).
  6. Overseer (Acts 20:28; the same word is elsewhere translated "bishop").
  7. Soldier of Christ (Phil. 2:25; II Tim. 2:3).
  8. Teacher (I Cor. 4:17; Acts 5:42; I Tim. 4:11; I Tim. 6:2; II Tim. 2:2, 24, 25).
  9. Preacher.
       a. Strong's #2097 - announce good news. (Acts 16:10)
       b. Strong's #2783 - herald, as a public crier. (Acts 10:42)
  10. Watchman (Ezek. 33:1-33; Jer. 6:17).
  11. Witness (Acts 1:8; Acts 5:32).
  12. Messenger Mal. 2:7).

B. Qualifications for Ministers

  1. Blameless (I Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:6, 7).
  2. Husband of one wife (I Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:6).
  3. Vigilant (I Tim. 3:2).
  4. Sober (I Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:8).
  5. Of good behavior (I Tim. 3:2).
  6. Given to hospitality (I Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:8).
  7. Apt to teach (I Tim. 3:2; II Tim. 2:24).
  8. Not given to wine (I Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7).
  9. No striker (I Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7).
  10. Not greedy of filthy lucre (I Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7).
  11. Patient (I Tim. 3:3; II Tim. 2:24).
  12. Not a brawler (I Tim. 3:3).
  13. Not covetous (I Tim. 3:3).
  14. Rules well his own house (I Tim. 3:4).
  15. Has his children in subjection with all gravity (I Tim. 3:4; Titus 1:6).
  16. Not a novice (I Tim. 3:6).
  17. Of good report among unconverted (I Tim. 3:7).
  18. Not self-willed (Titus 1:7).
  19. Not soon angry (Titus 1:7).
  20. Lover of good men (Titus 1:8).
  21. Just (Titus 1:8).
  22. Holy (Titus 1:8).
  23. Temperate (Titus 1:8).
  24. Hold fast the faithful word (Titus 1:9).
  25. Gentle (II Tim. 2:24; Titus 3:2).
  26. Must not strive (II Tim. 2:24).
  27. Meek (II Tim. 2:25).

C. How Ministers Receive Office

  1. Chosen by God, ordained, sent to bring forth fruit (John 15:16).
  2. God gives pastors to feed people with knowledge and understanding (Jer. 3:15).
  3. God gives various offices, some apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers (Eph. 4:11).
  4. Holy Spirit reveals who is to be ordained after fasting, prayer, laying on of hands (Acts 13:2, 3).
  5. Appointed, sent two by two as lambs among wolves (Luke 10:1-3).
  6. Ordain elders in every city (Titus 1:5).

D. Conduct and Attitude of Ministers

  1. Be you clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord (Isa. 52:11).
  2. Prepare your heart to seek the law, to do it, and to teach it (Ezra 7:10).
  3. Don't drink wine or strong drink when working (Lev. 10:9).
  4. Be wise as serpents, harmless as doves (Matt. 10:16).
  5. Serve one another (Matt. 20:26-28).
  6. Be willing to give your life for the sheep (John 10:11).
  7. Be completely impartial (I Tim. 5:21).
  8. Speak the things which become sound doctrine (Titus 2:1).
  9. Be gentle as a nurse cherishing children (I Thess. 2:7-12; II Tim. 2:24; Titus 3:2).
  10. Give no offense in anything (II Cor. 6:3-10).
  11. Be a good example (Titus 2:7, 8; I Tim. 4:12-16).
  12. Preach willingly (I Cor. 9:16-17).
  13. Gladly spend and be spent for the Work (II Cor. 12:15).

E. Responsibilities and Duties

  1. Take heed to the ministry, fulfill it (Col. 4:17).
  2. Study, meditate upon God's word (Josh. 1:7-9; II Tim. 2:15).
  3. Give self continually to prayer and ministry (Acts 6:4).
  4. Go, preach, teach, heal, cast out demons, baptize (Matt. 10:5-8; Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 3:14, 15; Mark 6:7-13; Luke 9:1-6; Luke 10:1-9).
  5. Persuade men (Gal. 1:10).
  6. Feed the sheep (John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28; I Pet. 5:2, 3).
  7. Preach the word, reprove, exhort (II Tim. 4:2).
  8. Teach the difference between holy and profane (Ezek. 44:23).
  9. Speak whether they will hear or not (Ezek. 2:7; Ezek. 3:27).
  10. Establish and comfort the brethren (I Thess. 3:2).
  11. Perfecting of the saints (Eph. 4:11, 12; Col. 1:28).
  12. Charge people to trust the living God and do good works (I Tim. 6:14-19).
  13. Set things in order, ordain elders (Titus 1:5; II Tim. 2:2).
  14. Bind and release as revealed by God (Matt. 18:18; John 20:23).
  15. Rule over the brethren (Heb. 13:7, 17).

F. Instructions to Ministers

  1. Study to show yourself approved to God (II Tim. 2:15).
  2. Stir up the gift of God (II Tim. 1:6-14); I Tim. 4:14).
  3. Endure hardness as good soldier of Christ (II Tim. 2:3).
  4. Be servant to one another (Matt. 20:26-28).
  5. Preach the word (II Tim. 4:2).
  6. Go, preach, heal, etc. (Matt. 10:7, 8).
  7. Go two by two (Luke 10:1).
  8. Go not house to house (Luke 10:7).
  9. Be wise as serpents, harmless as doves (Matt. 10:16).
  10. Observe these things, keep yourself pure (I Tim. 5:21, 22).
  11. Put brethren in remembrance of these things (I Tim. 4:6).
  12. Treat all respectfully (I Tim. 5:1-3).
  13. Watch in all things (II Tim. 4:5).
  14. Take stumblingblock out of way of people (Isa. 57:14).
  15. Cry aloud, spare not, show my people their sins (Isa. 58:1).
  16. Keep not silent, give God no rest (Isa. 62:6, 7).
  17. Be a good example (Titus 2:7, 8; I Tim. 4:12-16).
  18. Continue in these things, be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (II Tim. 3:14-17).

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