Each of these letters stands for a major aspect of the covenant. A full explanation is available in the information packet that can be requested by clicking on the logo image to the right, but here are the basic descriptions of the G-R-A-C-E that one of God's shepherds should embrace.
|G||Genuine Accountability — There is a great difference between being cordial and collegiate. We need colleagues in our lives who will ask us hard questions and allow us to do the same with them. "Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself" (1 Samuel 18:1).|
|R||Right Relationships — Our ministries can only be effective when our actions and reactions toward members of our families, our colleagues in ministry, and the members of our congregations are pure. We must be clergy of peace. "Live in harmony and peace, and may the God of love and peace be with you" (2 Corinthians 13:11).|
|A||A Servant/Shepherd’s Heart — The example that the Good Shepherd gave to His followers was in the first place that of a servant – the towel, the basin and a sincere willingness to be humble (John 14) – and in the second place that of an overseer who carefully watches his flock. "I lay down my life for the sheep" (John 10:15).|
|C||Constant Safeguards — We must be vigilant. To put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10) is not merely an option. It is a necessity if we are going to successfully obey the command of our Lord to flee the various onslaughts of Satan.|
|E||Embrace God Intimately — The deeper one's relationship with God through His Son Jesus, the more successful he will be in living a life above reproach and setting an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity (1Timothy 4:12). An intimate relationship with Him makes it all possible. "Come near to God and he will come near to you" (James 4:8).|