Director: Pastor Eddie Baron
As the SAU Ministerial Association we strive to emphasize the utmost importance for churches to have spiritual pastoral leadership. I believe that, in our present ever-changing amoral climate, being a minister is to be embraced with enthusiasm and excitement.
It is therefore the Mission of the SAU Ministerial Association to minister to its Pastors, Pastoral Families, Retired Pastors and local church Elders.
The SAU Ministerial Association is driven by the following Vision: To encourage pastors and elders, of the flock of God, to motivated, vibrant, committed and spiritual leadership.
The following quotes are especially chosen to help you catch a glimpse of the heart of God reaching out to men who will be committed to spreading the gospel call for this time of earth's history:
"The call to place all on the altar of service comes to each one.... He does not expect from all the same kind of service…" but God does accept "the offering of each. It is the consecration of the life and all its interests that is necessary." (PP 221)
"Those whom God has called to the ministry are to give evidence by the influence they exert…. Paul writes, 'Be thou an example of the believers.' …Shall the church be expected to listen to their words, to receive their testimony, when their example misrepresents the character of Christ…? What can we think of churches that will listen to the testimony of men who have no power in prayer, no fervency in their devotion, no freedom in personal labor for souls? The Lord has commanded, 'Be ye holy in all manner of conversation.' 'Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them; for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.' The proof of the minister's call to preach the gospel is seen in his example and work". (RH April 5, 1892)
"God desires men in the ministry who will esteem highly the things which he esteems, and preserve the sanctity of truth,…" (EG White 1888 Materials 962)
"A man can have no greater honour than to be accepted by God as an able minister of the gospel." (EG White AA 328)
"The ministry is not merely a profession; it is a calling. It is not for a period of time until some other more attractive occupation beckons a man, but it is a lifework. Having put his hand to the plough, he is not free to look backward except at the peril of his soul. The apostle Paul,… felt himself 'in bonds' (Col. 4:3), and cried out, 'Woe is me, if I preach not the gospel (1 Cor. 9:16). A man ordained to the sacred work of the ministry should feel the same responsibility as the apostle of old,…." (SAU Policy L35 55)
"And so I solemnly urge you before God and before Christ Jesus - who will someday judge the living and the dead when He appears to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For the time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear. They will reject the truth and follow strange myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at bringing others to Christ." 2Timothy 4:1-4 (NLT)
The Association has set the following objectives for its 2010-2015 term:
To develop and nurture spirituality amongst our pastors and elders;
To ensure development and nurturing of our pastors and elders into effective leaders;
To ensure that pastors are engaged in evangelism, Church growth and Church planting;
To raise the level of faithfulness of the leadership;
To show greater appreciation to our retirees for their contribution towards ministry;
To show through public and tangible ways the value we place on ministry;
To encourage the nurturing of the pastoral family;
To encourage an orderly and professional approach to the preparation and functioning of the Ministerial Office.