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Spiritual Competence

Dr. Kirby Clements
Success at the wrong thing can be dangerous. Emulation without revelation is counterproductive. To emulate the character and even good deeds of others is complementary, however, to seek to duplicate another ministry or even calling without a Divine mandate is a dangerous proposition.

Success at the wrong thing can be dangerous.  Emulation without revelation is counterproductive.  To emulate the character and even good deeds of others is complementary, however, to seek to duplicate another ministry or even calling without a Divine mandate is a dangerous proposition.  It is critical to discern gifting and calling and discover what you do well.  Even in a local church there are functions and even programs that are very effective and influential because of the gifting and skill sets present.  For example, the music, evangelism, internal programs related to marriage, youth, and other social relationships are given credibility by the response, creativity, productivity, and satisfaction factor that is experienced by the local church.  While some functions may be in the early stages of development and not yet be affirmed by their effectiveness and relevance, it is critical to know if a local church function is Divinely ordained.  If it is ordained and not yet productive then there is the responsibility of the leadership to continue the function despite the fact it may  not produce certain expected results.

 

At the Cathedral we were most effective in preaching and demonstrating the power and precepts of the Kingdom.  We were very effective in restoration of the fallen, reconciling factions through modelling a convergence program that embraced form and power.  We were wonderfully effective in the public worship experience using the arts, drama, music etc.  We demonstrated the effectiveness of an episcopal government and how multitude of gifts and callings could function in a collective whole.

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