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In last week’s blog post, I talked about the first three of seven ways we as ministers of the gospel can avoid being disqualified from ministry. Now, let’s look at the last four:
Vice President Mike Pence was recently mocked and scolded by the media for practicing what has been called the “Billy Graham Rule.” This rule refers to Billy Graham’s practice of not being alone in a room with any woman other than his wife. The media can mock if they wish, but do you know who has never been accused of committing adultery? Billy Graham. And as far as we know, neither has Mike Pence. It is wise to have personal guardrails for yourself that will assist you in remaining pure, such as an Internet accountability system, windows in your office for counseling sessions, and practicing the Billy Graham Rule. The apostle also admonishes us to “make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires” (Rom. 13:14).
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Every pastor needs someone to hold him accountable in his spiritual life, his personal life and his work life. One way a pastor can have accountability in his spiritual and personal life is to be part of a Discipleship Group. We are exhorted, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock” (Acts 20:28). If a pastor truly wants to avoid falling from ministry, he should welcome transparency. There should be no mystery as to how a pastor is using his work time or the church’s money. In addition to business and council meetings, meet regularly with your staff, deacons, personnel committee and finance committee, and be open and honest about your work. Accountability will safeguard you and it will increase trust from those with whom you serve.
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