As stated in The Form of Government of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (9.6), A minister as a pastor of a particular congregation:
A. Public Responsibilities. A minister shall pray for and with his people; read the Scriptures; preach the Word; teach, reprove, exhort and comfort; administer the sacraments; pronounce the blessings of God upon the people; officiate at weddings and funerals; and serve with elders in all pertaining to the government, discipline, worship, and education of the congregation. He shall serve as an advisory member of all committees in the congregation. A minister shall also serve, with elders, in the higher courts of the Church.
B. Private Responsibilities. A minister shall visit with and be available to his people as their pastor, counsel with and instruct them in spiritual things, and pray for and with them; visit especially the sick, the afflicted, and the aged; advise, comfort, and pray with those who have need; admonish those who are guilty of conduct unbecoming their Christian profession or who are indifferent to their religious duties; and, in general, assume the spiritual oversight of his people.
As stated in The Form of Government of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (9.3),
The qualifications of a minister consist of such gifts as fit him for service as a teacher and leader in this ministry, and of such character and reputation as will continue honor to this office.
A. Spiritual Maturity. A minister must be mature in his faith, with absolute certainty of his own saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
B. Belief. A minister must accept the doctrines, government, and worship of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church as agreeable to and founded upon the Word of God.
C. Knowledge. A minister must give evidence of his knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, the doctrines, government, and worship of our ARPC, and the duties of a minister.
D. Compassion. A minister must serve as Jesus Christ, who came “not to be ministered unto, but to minister.”
E. Personality. A minister must be one who will attract persons to Christ and His Church.
F. Intelligence. A minister must be capable of meeting the education requirements essential for ordination.
G. Education. A minister must present evidence of having obtained a baccalaureate degree, or its
equivalent, from an accredited four-year college or university, as well as a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary approved by the Presbytery.
Salem Presbyterian Church
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Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP)
Description of Organization
Salem Presbyterian Church (Associated Reformed Synod), organized in 1836, is a church of approximately 170 active members. Our Sunday worship includes the reading of Scripture, preaching, praying, and praise. The congregation worships in our own historic church built in 1940, which includes the sanctuary, fellowship hall, and kitchen, classroom spaces for Sunday School, nursery, and church offices. We firmly believe in God’s inerrant Word, proclaim the gospel of God’s grace, and strive to love one another as Christ loves us. We strongly adhere to and value the teachings of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechism as an excellent summary of biblical doctrine. The name Salem means ‘peace’, and our goal is to proclaim the gospel of peace and to model love and forgiveness for the glory of God.
Atoka, Tennessee, is a small town located in Tipton County in the Memphis metropolitan area. Although mostly rural, it has experienced tremendous population growth over the past two decades. Most people in the community work in and around Memphis. The church is located just outside of town in a residential area.Contact Via Email