Determining Personal Values

Before one can establish goals or priorities they must determine their own personal values.  There are certain things that should be a priority in every Christian’s life.  This is a recommended set of priorities for a full time Christian worker.  For volunteer Christian leaders these personal values may come in a slightly different order.

1. God

The individual’s personal relationship to God should be first, with no other gods of any kind before Him. Pastors and church workers often have a problem separating church from God. Sometimes church can become a church worker’s god.

2. Family

Family should be second because a person is more directly responsible for his family than any other group of people. A pastor who cannot take care of his own family can’t be expected to be able to take care of the church of God.

3. Ministry or vocation

This would be a staff position in a local church. Very few church leaders place family ahead of ministry in their value system, and most of their children reflect this wrong priority.

4. Self

Self is hard to place. It should probably be either third or fourth. The Bible teaches that the Christian should die to self, but also that we should care for our bodies which are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The church worker who refuses to take time off for some physical exercise, personal recreation, and personal mental enrichment is putting self at too low a priority. They often experience burnout. The person who leaves self out of his priorities may find his mind and body becoming a worn out and useless vessel long before it should be.

5. The Christian world

This must be considered in our value system. We are not all called to be foreign missionaries or to take part in various parachurch ministries.  This doesn’t mean that the Christian world stops at the doors of the church.  We should be a resource for other Christian ministries.

6. The world and especially the community in which we live

We are instructed in the Scripture to be a good citizen, to pay our taxes, and to pray for and follow our political leaders.

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