Sharing is Caring
By William Ballard
Book: Ethics and Etiquette: For Today’s Ministry
If you are preacher, teacher, pastor, evangelist, or lay-minister of any kind, then this is a must read review for you. Terry Baughman and his wife Gayla co-authored this work together. The both of them pastor an incredible church in Gilbert, Arizona – LifeChurch. Gayla Baughman provides a woman’s perspective to the subject of ethics and etiquette for the ministry and gives encouraging guidance and insight for women in the ministry. Terry continues to teach online and on campus at Christian Life College in Stockton, California, where he developed this course in Ministerial Ethics.
This book is a sourcebook for ministerial service, a guide for social conduct in becoming a minister in the 21st century, and a challenge to arise above merely acceptable behavior in a culture of declining moral values. It is a book that you will surely return to again and again for encouragement and to reassure yourself that you are doing the right thing in your ministry.
Book Price: $15.00
Who Is This Book For?
Although this book is essentially written for those that are involved in the ministry or feel inspired or called to the ministry, it is really applicable for anyone involved in any kind of service. Whether you run a business or serve in the ministry, this book is for you.
What Will This Book Help You Do?
If any author was to be honest with you, they would tell you that writing a book is no easy task. Writing in general takes a lot of time and creative effort, but writing a book on ethics and etiquette…well take the difficulty of writing a book in general and then times it by ten.
You see, writing a book takes a lot of abdominal courage, and writing a book about ethics and etiquette…well that takes a power beyond just self-courage or guts, it takes divine boldness. Terry and Gayla both say, “When you write a book the evidence is recorded for all generations to judge you by your words,” and I would just like to add to that by saying that they will judge you by your thoughts, and your philosophies on life as well.
If you thought it was hard to make friends just by trying to talk to people and get to know one another, that doesn’t even scratch the service has to how hard it is to write a book and find a reader that can learn and grow from it.
Mr. and Mrs. Baughman define ethics and etiquette in this way: “Etiquette is about good manners, while ethics dictate good moral judgement.” This is the premise of what you will discover in this book.
Terry and Gayla Baughman are not teachers of theory but students of practice. In other words, everything that they share in this book is not based off some far-fetched idea that they found in some book that was written by someone who doesn’t have a clue what they are talking about. No, Terry and Gayla only share what they have learned about the subjects of ethics and etiquette based from experience.
Some of the topics that you will find are:
What you will find within these pages are true biblical principles and practical guidance to help you in your calling.
The Best Part
To be honest with you, I really love how Terry speaks to the male psyche (logical side) when it comes to these subjects of ethics and etiquette, but then even the male reader can get the gain some in-depth insight into the female perspective as well. Truth be told, before you can practice ethics and etiquette you have to know what your personal beliefs are on the subjects.
Let me put it to you like this: The first few chapters of this book breaks down the importance of developing, and better yet, cultivating right relationships, and the first relationship starts with you – the relationship you have with you. How do you see yourself? Is what you see negative or positive? When you are able to see the positive side of your and develop a right relationship with yourself only then are you able to develop right relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. It all starts with you!
That is the best part of this book in my opinion. You see, ethics deals with the inward man and etiquette is how others notice and define that inward man. Ethics is inward and etiquette is outward. If you don’t get the inward right first, all the outward (manners and polite jesters) are nothing more than a facade or mask.
What Would Make It Even Better?
Now, as for negatives…
To be honest with you, I am not sure there is anything I could say that would make this book better. I think Terry and Gayla Baughman did an outstanding job touching on just about every area of importance where ethics and etiquette is necessary in ministry and in business.
How It Changed My Life
One thing that really changed my life when reading this book was the chapter, “Ethics Begins at Home”. The principles and wisdom you find in that chapter is truly eye opening or illuminating.
Let me just put it to you like this: Whether you are in ministry or running a business, God must come first, then family, then your church family, and then everything else. Once you understand that and then start putting priorities in their proper place your life, our ministry, or business will be all the better.
If you feel a call to ministry or are wanting to know how to present your ministry or business in the proper light (Matthew 5:16) I highly recommend, if you have not already done so, to get your hands on a copy of “Ethics and Etiquette: For Today’s Ministry”.
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