Ministerial Care by the Local Church (2010)

WHEREAS the word “church” (ekklesia), by definition, primarily refers to the local
congregation of “called-out” believers; and,

WHEREAS one of the great gifts of Christ to the church is the pastor—the shepherd of the sheep
who compose the local congregation of believers; and,

WHEREAS Jesus warned that Satan, as a “ravening wolf” disguised in “sheep’s clothing”
(Matthew 7:15), will intentionally strive to destroy the work of the shepherd by coming
as a thief “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10); and,

WHEREAS Jesus told His disciples, “A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one
another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34); and,

WHEREAS the New Testament in several other passages specifically instructs the members of
the body of Christ, His church, to “love one another;”

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT we reaffirm our commitment to the challenge of being
a church that genuinely cares for one another and to our priority statement that, “The
Church of God recognizes the local church as the foundation of all ministry activities and
will renew efforts to acknowledge, affirm, strengthen, and support the central importance
of the ministry of the local church;” and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT leadership at all levels of the church encourage and teach
local congregations how to provide quality support and care for their pastor and his/her
family by providing comfortable housing, adequate compensation, periods of rest and
relaxation, and retirement security.


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