The Be in Christ church has a long and storied history. That storied history includes many who have served the church as pastors. This website is a place for you as a Be In Christ pastor. This website has been created to set before you a vision that we call ‘The Pastoral Way.’ It is our prayer that The Pastoral Way will inspire you as you pursue your God-given calling and as you journey together with fellow sisters and brothers in the work of God’s kingdom.
It is understood that the perception of the local church pastor, like the church itself, is increasingly marginalized within our society. Therefore, we believe that connection and camaraderie among our leaders, especially our pastors, will be vital for longevity and spiritual victory in light of the challenges we face. The stakes are high, our enemy is engaged, society has embraced skepticism of the church, and fewer individuals feel called to the ministry. It is important that we strengthen ourselves for the work God has called us to do by moving forward together.
The Pastoral Way challenges each of us to uphold our calling, rebuild trust within our communities, add dignity and excellence to our vocation and live in congruence with the long tradition that continues to counsel us. As well, this vision seeks to identify the pastoral and practical principles required to effectively navigate the complexities of modern leadership in our post-Christian world in Canada. Along with this vision, the Pastoral Way website seeks to be practical. At this site you will find many resources for the challenge of leading a church.
The Pastoral Way envisions our long-held values being lived out through the following personal activities: the practices of love, the skills of leadership, and the habits of learning, as described in fuller detail below. But, more importantly, The Pastoral Way describes who we want to be. With God’s help each of us will be that kind of person.
To God be the glory!
Practices of Love
Our pastors will demonstrate the love of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit as informed by the Scriptures and discerned through community.
This means prioritizing our relationships as God instructs us.
This means treating all people equitably. We will act in love in our attitudes and actions towards all persons regardless of race, social class, religious beliefs, or positions of power within our church and community.
This means actively communicating love for all persons in our congregation regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, or beliefs.
This means that we engage as peacemakers. This requires that we practice reconciliation, forgiveness, and the cruciform life in all of our relationships, even with our enemies. This requires that we actively work for conflict resolution in our personal and professional lives.
Skills of Leadership
Our pastors will practice effective leadership in their family, congregation and neighbourhoods. For an understanding of an evidence-based approach to leadership, visit the page Leadership Development.
This means that we lead by example and we only ask of others what we are first attempting to do ourselves. We model personal care in our physical, emotional and spiritual lives including the spiritual disciplines that replenish our souls. We model generosity and integrity in our financial lives to avoid unnecessary criticism and possible temptation.
This means we will develop and practice skilled leadership. This requires that we use all possible means to advance the kingdom of God through our ability to influence others. This requires that we vigilantly resist the temptation to control and, instead, train, empower, disciple, and release the Body of Christ in the use of their gifts in carrying out the mission of the Church.
This means that we prioritize excellence in communicating the truth revealed to us in Jesus. We give adequate time to prepare thoughtful, prayerful, engaging, Christ-focused, and theologically sound communication in all presentation forms.
This means that we model submission to those in leadership over us including other pastors, staff and denominational leadership.
This means we comply, to the best of our ability, with the Be in Christ Handbook of Faith and Life.
Habits of Learning
Our pastors will never stop learning and growing their gifts, passions, and professional skills, because the kingdom of God demands our best.
This means that we will prioritize our professional development by using the provided resources to attend conferences and apply those learnings to extend the reach of our local congregation for God’s kingdom.
This means that we actively read from a wide variety of sources that foster our development as a person and professional.
This means that we invite feedback, encourage constructive criticism, resist defensiveness and solicit professional coaching as needed to advance our abilities.
This means that we participate in all denominational pastoral gatherings as they are designed for our professional development for the Be in Christ context.
This means that we create a culture of curiosity with our staff and within our congregations, welcoming new and emergent ideas.