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Ministry Etiquette

Christmas cards are big business. Nearly 2 billion holiday cards will be purchased, addressed and mailed this Christmas season alone. From family, friends, and neighbors to work associates, clients and customers, virtually everyone is caught in the holiday card frenzy whether they celebrate the season or not.
The rules of proper etiquette and protocol have been around for years, but they are far more important in this day and age than ever before. Implementing proper etiquette and protocol skills into everyday life should be habit for everyone - including children. After all, a person who displays proper etiquette not only feels good about himself, he also makes those around him feel important and respected. Read more inside...
In serving your leader there are unwritten protocols that you must abide by. Even if your leader didn't sit down and explain these to you, they exist. Most leaders' prayers are that the armor bearers learn certain protocols in the School of the Spirit. Therefore, allow the Holy Spirit to sharpen you in your service. Consider some of the "Back-room Etiquette Rules" inside...
So, like a bona fide preacher preparing for a ministry visit, you've prayed, studied, gotten your sermon together and now you're ready to go fulfill your ministry assignment. With everything set to go, the only thing left to figure out is what to wear. Unfortunately for a minister, sometimes this can be just as difficult as knowing what to preach. In our last issue, I briefly highlighted a few things about ministry garments. However, because what you wear is just as important as what you say, I'd like to expand my thoughts on the protocol for clergy attire.