Ministerial Integrity: Does It Wane or Glow with Time?

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
DECLARATION …………………………………………………………………………3 DEDICATION…………………………………………………………………………….4 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS……………………………………………………………….5 INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………………...6 I. Rational/Need……………………………………………………………………..7 II. Objectives…………………………………………………………………………9 III. Methodology………………………………………………………………………9 IV. Literature Review………………………………………………………………..10 V. Definitions……………………………………………………………………….19 VI. Structure of Essay………………………………………………………………..31

CHAPTER ONE
Integrity Expected Of Ministers …….. ……………………………………………….32 1.1 The Church……………………………………………………………………...........32 a. The Constitution & Standing Orders Of The Methodist Church ……………......32 b. The Constitution & By-Laws of The Presbyterian Church……………………...34 1.2 The Outside Community……………………………………………………………..35 1.3 The Integrity of Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ………………..………………...35

CHAPTER TWO
Ministerial Integrity
2.1 How to Acquire Integrity……………………………………………………………40 2.2 The Need to Keep Our Integrity…………………………………………………….44 2.3 Consequences of Our Lack of Integrity……………………………………………..47 a. Socially (Here and now)…………………………………………………………47 b. Against the Church of Christ ……………………………………………………49 c. Eternally………………………………………………………………………….49 d. Examples of True and Living Experiences………………………………………50 2.4 How Do We Develop Integrity in Our Own Lives......................................................51 2.5 How Do We Lose Our Integrity ……………………………………………………..53

CHAPTER THREE
Analysis of Interviews and Questionnaires and their Implications On The 3.1 Universal Church of Christ…………………………………………………………..62 3.2 Ministry/Ministers…………………………………………………………………...62 3.3 Nation………………………………………………………………………………..63

CHAPTER FOUR
Possible Solutions
4.1 Individually (Biblical & Others)……………………………………………………64 4.2 Church………………………………………………………………………………66 CONCLUSION…………………………………………………………………………68 APPENDICES………………………………………………………………………….70 BIBLIOGRAPHY………………………………………………………………………75 DECLARATION

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REV. PETER KENNEDY ANSAH-ESHUN
(STUDENT)

………………………………………………………….. INTRODUCTION:
I. Rational/Need
A very good number of Ministers, if not all, begin as Apostle Paul puts it “in the Spirit”, but as to whether we continue and end ”in the Spirit” or to being rejected by the Spirit without we knowing is the issues that this research seeks to know. What a good number of Ministers, said to have begun “in the Spirit”, saw as sinful in the past, becomes trivial or not worth mentioning when it comes to their turn of administration or direction.

Some of us ministers also tend to forget our prime duties of ‘evangelism and missions’ and pursue wealth, power, prestige and popularity which eventually, and unfortunately, affect our spirituality and our “calling”. The Church and the society are equally worried, but do not find it easy to point to the iniquities of such minister.

Even among ministers, junior ministers complain about the seniors and vice versa. In the Churches, there are many ill talks about preceding ministers by succeeding ministers. The media is also not silent on some of the immoral issues concerning the ministers, while very little is said about their contributions towards developments in its entirety. Thus, this research will also seek to know some of the developments made by some ministers in the Church and the community they served or are serving.

Before I came into the full time Ministry of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I had the following thoughts about the Ministers of the Gospel and the Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ as a whole: 1. The best vocation in terms of fellowshipping is that of the Ministers, but it turned out to be something very different from my earlier thoughts, and the difference I personally experience is a motivating factor to doing this research. 2. The Ministers are representatives or...
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