The following characteristics portray an alumnus of The Master's Seminary in terms of the kind of person he should be, what he should know, and what he should be able to do.
He should be a godly man, notable for holiness of conduct in all his relationships (Ps. 1; 15; 1 Timothy 3:1–7; Titus 1:5–9).
He should be caring, generous, wise, discerning, mature, secure, disciplined, accountable, humble, purposeful, empathetic, and teachable.
He should be a loving and responsible husband and father (if married and if blessed by God with children—1 Timothy. 3:4–5; Titus 1:6), and his heart should be moved by the compassion of Christ for others. He should readily acknowledge his own failures and deal honestly and humbly with sin in his own heart (Prov. 28:13; Matt. 7:1–5).
His service for God should reflect the awesomeness and glory of ministry (2 Cor. 2:14–6:10) with awareness that God is concerned with attitudes as well as with actions (1 Sam. 15:22–23; 1 Cor. 9:24–27; 1 Pet. 5:1–7).
His Christian life should reflect stability and maturity (1 Tim. 3:2, 6–7) as demonstrated by the exercise of good judgment in facing the trials of life and ministry in a contemporary context (1 Tim. 6:11–12; 2 Tim. 2:1–13; 4:1–8).
He should be one who establishes genuine, God-centered relationships with a wide range of people, encouraging and exhorting them according to their need in the mutual pursuit of God (Gal. 6:1–5).
He should have a general comprehension of the entirety of God's written revelation and should have developed a well-formulated theological framework which adequately synthesizes the biblical and historical data. He should have a functional linguistic facility in biblical Hebrew and Greek, and a basic knowledge of the contributions of major Christian leaders, thinkers, and authors throughout church history (Ezra 7:10; 1 Tim. 4:13–16; 2 Tim. 2:2, 14–15; 3:14–17; 4:1–4).
He should have an understanding of the world, of culture, and of human problems, interests, and concerns. He should be able to address contemporary culture with a biblical worldview and confront unbiblical religious and philosophical thought in defending the Christian faith (Col. 2:8; Tit. 1:9; 1 Jn. 2:15–17). He should know himself, including his strengths, weaknesses, responsibilities, and people skills (Matt. 20:20–28; Acts 6:1–7; Eph. 4:11–13; 1 Pet. 5:1–3).
He should be able to articulate a biblical philosophy of ministry that balances principles of worship, prayer, exposition, edification, evangelism, and discipleship.
He should be able to lead with conviction, teach with authority, and preach with passion. He should be able to use appropriate tools for research, for record-keeping, and for writing. He should be sharpening those skills through the efficient use of research facilities, critical reading of current literature, and other forms of continuing education. He should be able to make decisions, to motivate, to listen, to empathize, to set priorities, and to defend the faith.
He should be able to assess the needs of individuals and apply the Word of God to those needs in various ministry situations such as preaching, teaching, counseling, and witnessing (1 Cor. 2:1–5; 1 Tim. 2:2; 2 Tim. 2:14–15; 4:1–5; Titus 1:9). He should be able to equip and stimulate people to do the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11–13; 2 Tim. 2:2).
He should know how to lead in church activities, administer church ordinances, and conduct the services and ceremonies of the church in a God-focused manner.
He should be deeply involved in the ministries of evangelism, discipleship, restoration, and edification with conviction and passion. He should have a deep concern for the lost and he should be challenged by the biblical command to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth. These concerns should be evidenced in his prayer life, in his evangelistic endeavors, and in his lifestyle. In all his roles, he should model the message he proclaims (1 Tim. 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:10–14; Titus 2:6–8; 1 Pet. 5:1–3).
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