Some of you know that I am a seminarian full time. In fact, my primary occupation is that of a seminarian. Recently, I was feeling insecure about how I spend my time and wanting to better use my time and resorted to listing the obligations of certain roles that I fill. There are of course roles I neglected to write about – hopefully someday I will consider those as well and craft an exhaustive list by which I can measure my behavior (hopefully resulting in the peace of knowing I have played my part well).
The reason that I am writing down the list before it is complete is because I need the space. When I wrote it, I used the white board at church but now I need that space for something else. I still want to keep the lists as a good starting place for this project to be addressed later. Thus, here it is:
- Because I am a Christian, I should lead a healthy…
- spiritual lifestyle by praying, fasting, reading, considering, serving, memorizing, and loving well.
- physical lifestyle by eating, sleeping, exercising, and doing hygiene well.
- intellectual lifestyle by reading, writing, and talking well.
- financial lifestyle by striving to live on less than I make, intentionally considering each recurring cost to ensure they reflect my values, considering major purchases to ensure they reflect my values, saving for future expenditures I can imagine incurring, investing the margin wisely, keeping good records, and giving generously.
- social lifestyle by maintaining a relational schematic and honoring the social roles that I have agreed to fill.
- mental/emotional lifestyle by seeking out and investing in therapeutic practices/relationships, vacationing/honoring the sabbath and tending to self care to prevent burnout.
- romantic lifestyle by insisting on defined romantic relationships and functioning faithfully as a lover within defined boundaries.
- vocational lifestyle by regular considering how to spend my time, regularly tending to my habits, and regularly create and manage goals and aspirations.
- Because I am a seminarian, I should…
- watch my faith and practice closely; live as a healthy Christian.
- pursue my certification through diligent, faithful, academic work.
- prepare for the pastorate by:
- considering what it means to pastor
- developing my systematic theology
- developing my historic theology
- developing my biblical theology
- develop my understanding of ecclesiology
- practicing discipleship
- practicing evangelism
- memorizing God’s Word
- fostering relationships that will be useful to future ministry endeavors
- engaging in the languages of the original scriptures
- As I consider what it means to be a pastor, I have determined that a pastor should…
- watch his faith and practice closely; live as a healthy Christian.
- teach his flock, which requires:
- having a developed theology
- expositing God’s word regularly
- creating or sharing resources
- shepherd his flock, which requires:
- having a developed ecclesiology
- arranging for regular preaching of the word
- arranging for discipleship of membership
- arranging for church discipline
- modeling and teaching Christian service to persons in and outside the flock
- raising up and empowering elders, deacons, and members to the calling of the Lord on their lives
- equip the saints to protect and manifest the gospel
- develop or maintain a healthy duplicating church