Though a minister may have passion, knowledge, etc., a lack of proper ethics will close doors and squelch your ministry.
Your ethics will be what people will see and remember for years to come.
Following are some tips to help nurture ethics in dealing with pastors:
- Always refer to them as, “Pastor” of “Brother”.
- Compliment them sincerely about something they have done or said. Attributes of their church, its worship, its ministry, their writings, etc.
- Don’t be presumptuous. Don’t expect or prod them to invite you.
- Always be humble. Never promote yourself, bragging on your dedication, prayer, fasting, etc. If you are consecrated, everyone will know.
- Always have scheduling items handy: Calendar, ink pen, business card, etc.
- If you are asked by a pastor to call them, CALL!
- Also, keep record of the first conversation when he invited you. Then, when you call, he will remember you and remember the invitation.
- After talking with a pastor, offer your card and ask him to pray for your family and ministry.
- When other ministers praise you in front of others, be modest and give the glory back to God. Also bless and compliment the minister in front of them.
- If a pastor introduces or refers you to someone, thank them for it!
- After preaching at a church, if the service went well, ask them if they would refer you to area pastors.