Core Competencies

Becoming a Person of Influence through the Ability to Think Critically and Biblically


  • Bible Knowledge – Has broad knowledge of the details and themes of both the Old and New Testaments
  • Broad Knowledge of the World – Has a broad working knowledge of our world and such disciplines as history, philosophy, science, logic, theology, and psychology
  • Communication – Writes and speaks effectively
  • Critical Thinking Skills – Able to effectively process the world of ideas through reading, listening, researching, and critical thinking.
  • Exegesis – Able to accurately interpret a passage of scripture using a broad knowledge of the Bible and accepted principles of interpretation.
  • Familiarity with and Current in Chosen Field of Study – Knowledgeable in a particular field of study, conversant with the terminology, key figures, and standard works; Widely read; Aware of the field’s history; Abreast of current trends and developments.
  • Greek Language – Capable of clarifying the meaning of Scripture through the knowledge of the Greek language.
  • Theology – Good grasp of major theological concepts and terminology. Able to discuss and respond to theological issues; can think theologically about “real life” situations and current events.

Becoming a Person of Influence through A Consecrated Way of Life


  • Devotion to God – Lives a God-ward life; focused on God; set apart, consecrated to God and treats God and His things with sacred respect
  • Gentleness – Considerate and congenial; favorable disposition; thoughtful of others; not pushy, demanding, self-seeking, or argumentative
  • Integrity (Honesty) – Above reproach; just, upright, and above board in all dealings, consistently does what is right; respects authority and rules; honest, person of his/her word
  • Proper Relationship to Assets – Is “free from the love of money”; content; not greedy; lives within means; not weighed down with debt; generous
  • Self-Giving – Doesn’t seek own advantage; doesn’t have to get own way; sacrifices self to serve the gospel and others; genuinely concerned about the welfare of others
  • Self-Discipline – Can do what needs to be done when it needs to be done; moral self-control; overall life of discipline
  • Sexual Purity – An example of holy and honorable sexuality; puts distance between self and sexual immorality.
  • Speech – Speech is clean, helpful, and respectful; characterized by truth and love rather than demeaning and harsh.
  • Submission to Authority – Operates with a spirit of submission to the authority of Scripture and to those in authority in the church, at work, in family relationships, and in society.

Becoming a Person of Influence through Thoughtful and Effective Approach to Leadership


  • Cultural Sensitivity – Operates with an awareness and sensitivity to customs and norms of the people; aware of potential risks of ministering in any kind of “cross-cultural” environment.
  • General Ministry Skills – Can take responsibility for the programs, events, and tasks typically associated with the ministries of a congregation (e.g., education, outreach, worship services).
  • Guided by a New Testament Model of the Church – Embraces the Restoration Movement ideal of trying to shape the contemporary church around the New Testament model
  • Guided by a Well-Defined Philosophy/Theology – Guided by a philosophy that takes into account biblical theology as well as historical and contemporary practices and strategies.
  • People Skills – Approaches relationships and ministry strategies with an overall understanding of where people are at spiritually, psychologically, or at their stage in life.
  • Servant Leadership – Demonstrates sacrificial leadership that is focused on building up others while driving forward toward achieving the organization's mission, vision, and values.
  • Team Building – Able to recruit and train a team of people to work together to complete a project.
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