Workers Training and Retraining in the Church

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Workers training and retraining in the church cannot be over-emphasized since the church, no doubt, is a place where responsibilities and answerabilities are carried out in every meeting. At any fellowship time, there must be different segments and activities and people have to be involved. In a normal meeting or fellowship, there would be different sessions such as prayers, song ministration, bible reading, drama ministration, announcement, Sunday school class, etc, and it may become very boring and unedifying if only one or two persons are always involved in coordinating these numerous activities lined up for the day’s service.

“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2)

Just as the multinational organizations and other global establishments do, the churches also should be involved in periodic and consistent human (workforce) development drive to be able to fully equip the saints.

The leader or head of the church in any capacity he is functioning, be it pastor, Bishop or General Overseer should not be caught in the web of what is termed self-abuse by working out his nerves and overstretching himself to breaking point like Moses.

In Mark 3:14, the Bible says “And he ordained twelve..”. Despite the hybrid (human and spiritual) nature of Christ, he discovered it would be inappropriate to do the heavy task of the ministry alone. By divine leading of the Holy Spirit, he sought for capable hands to assist in the work of the ministry. He had people in charge of various affairs of the ministry. For example, Judas Iscariot was appointed the Treasurer.

Also in Exodus 18:13-27, Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses taught him how to delegate responsibilities in order not to overwork and weary himself out. Moses as the leader thought he could be in charge of all cases both major and minor, which unconsciously to him could have been delegated. But how wrong! But for his timely and wise advice of his father in law, he would have been working himself to exhaustion daily.

Verse 16 says: “The thing that thou doest is not good”.

And immediately Moses learnt the art of delegating responsibilities to other elders among them, he was able to heave a sigh of relief; justice was always then meted out promptly and Moses the leader of the people also had time for himself and family.

In our contemporary time, where knowledge can be mined from virtually everywhere, and almost free for that matter, for example, the internet as a reservoir of information – constant training and retraining of the church workforce who have been part of the church administration for a while can be organized in-house and without any serious financial implication or burden on the church. Fellow experienced, selfless leaders can be sourced for and invited for short-term seminars on leadership skills, time and people management skills, etc.

Advanced training in the areas of church development strategies and other knowledge-based training on sensitive areas such as Christology, Angelology, Soteriology, Child Evangelism, Pneumatology, Missions, Church Management, Pastoral Theology, Demonology, Church Accounting, etc can be organized and taught the workers. This will go a long way to helping these workers who are meant to lead the congregation in one way or another gain adequate knowledge in almost areas of spiritual assignment they are saddled with and to also avoid mistakes that could destroy the ministry that has been built over time.

The Bottom-line

Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 2:2 admonished his spiritual son, Timothy, by saying to him,And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

When this is done and tried out, as advised, there would be rest and comfort all round for both the leader and the led, and the ministry will grow exponentially.

(For short courses and training for church workers free of charge, please contact the Blogger below.)

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Ordained for a Purpose

“And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:”  (Mark 3:14-15)

The purpose of ordination in the church seems to have become a misguided phenomenon as, apparently, it has been misunderstood and misrepresented in some quarters within the christian circle.  Ordination is simply a call into ministry or into the service of God either full or part time. One of the areas that has so much been bastardized today in the Christendom is the area of ordination. The uncontrollable, unhealthy and ungodly rush into misguided ordination is alarming and still on the increase – men of God carrying and answering titles they cannot defend. Ordination is the call of God upon a man for specific, clear-cut purpose and assignment but today in the christendom, the reverse is becoming the case. This is very worrisome.

A lot of self-acclaimed ‘men of God’ who had turned themselves to ‘God of men’ today, from the point of view of their unholy conduct, had actually seemed not to have been called by the Almighty God but looks like they have been called by another god called ‘the belly’ (…whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things” – Philippians 3:19)

“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;” (Titus 1:10-13)

Mark 3:13 says, “And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would”. The New Living Translation renders it, “…and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him”. Verse 14 of the same version says, “Then he appointed the twelve of them and called them his apostles”.

It was Jesus himself who called them out among many in the first place and it was Jesus who also ordained them as apostle. So, it is God Himself who calls men he chooses into ministry and also gives them assignment “according to their several ability”. But today, men run into ministry without a specific call and purpose, and then christen themselves with any title they deem fit. Little wonder such ecclesiastical misfits who are not appointed by God end up disappointed and disqualified.

Matthew 10:1 rendering the same scripture in Mark 3:13-14 says, “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power… So then, who gives power? It is God of course! And power is defined as the ability to do work. So, it goes to say that power is not given or released unless there is a divine assignment leading to the need for the use of power, which is the ability to do the work the called is sent to do (Luke 10:1).

Likewise, no man can receive power until it is given, “and he gave them power”. This is the reason why these religious opportunists who had not been genuinely called into ministry go about seeking for power – the ability to do – where there is none. They understand that, haven’t not being genuinely called of God who alone possesses the prerogative and monopoly of power (Psalm 62:11), suddenly come to realize that they really need power to do the works listed out by Christ such as healing sicknesses and disease, casting out devils and unclean spirits, hence they therefore, resort to seeking for unrighteous and clandestine power from the dark places of the earth just for them to be relevant within the sphere and committee of acclaimed ‘powerful men of God’.

Why Ordination?

One of the main purposes of being called out or ordained and, perhaps, the most important of all is for fellowship, or intimacy, or relationship with the Ordainer or Caller.

In Luke 10:39-42, Jesus comparing two personalities, Martha and Mary, who are more or else part and parcel of the ministry of Jesus, recommended Mary’s aspect of the ministry because she had discovered the secret of success in ministry by doing the needful, which is sitting still and listening to God’s word, instruction and direction first before getting unnecessarily cumbered about much servings unlike her sister Martha. Even though Jesus might not have rebuked Martha’s service or commitment, but he frowned at her misplaced priorities. Jesus was indirectly saying to Martha, “Martha, fFirst thing first…don’t misplace priorities”.

And Jesus ordained the twelve…”, first, that they might be with him, then secondly, to serve! So, intimacy with the Master first before service. But when ministers of God, the ordained, the called out, the assigned, turn this logic on its head by putting service first like Martha instead of intimacy with the Caller and Sender, frustration tends to set in, even though there may be a genuine call of God upon the ordained.

So, in essence, the major purpose of ordination is intimacy, then followed by whatever service the caller is called to do, which continues to include preaching the gospel, exercising dominion (with power given during fellowship and interaction the with the master) over demons, the devils and his cohorts, ministering healing and deliverance to the sick and the oppressed, and so on.

Isaiah 61:1-3 prophesying about Jesus, summarizes it all. That having been with the father and now the Holy Spirit released unto him just like the day of Pentecost (intimacy), the anointing (power) has now been released to preach the good tidings, that is, to work and to serve.

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” (Isa. 61:1-3)

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Grieve not the Holy Spirit

“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption”. (Ephesians 4:30)

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of grace and power. The Holy Spirit is also the spirit of meekness and that is why one of the components of the fruit (evidence) of the holy Spirit is meekness.

In other words, meekness is an attribute only the Holy Spirit can birth. Ordinary men who are not yet filled with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, can at best, be humane and nice on the surface but inwardly can be dangerous. They may not be able to overlook or let go of certain annoying issues. But a man filled with the Holy Spirit can just decide to trivialize a weighty matter that can infuriate an ordinary, carnal man.

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Eph. 5:16-18;22-23)

Meekness

The Greek word for meekness is praotes, meaning the disposition to be gentle, kind, indulgent and balanced in tempers and passions. It also means to be patient in suffering injuries without feeling a spirit of revenge. Meekness is a fully developed and advanced form of gentleness but while gentleness is more facial or outward, meekness is soulish or inward. This is because a man may be gentle but not meek but a man cannot be meek and not be gentle. Meekness is more spiritual while gentleness is more attached or identified with outward appearance except gentleness birthed by the Holy Spirit.

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (1 Pet 3:3-4)

Long-suffering

The Greek world for long-suffering is makrothimia and it means patient endurance, to bear long with the frailties, injuries and even deliberate offenses and provocations of others, without whining, repining or resentment.

Long-suffering or patient endurance energizes and lubricates meekness. Long-suffering helps meekness to be total and complete. Without this attribute, meekness can be overstretched and this could lead to outburst.

The Man Moses, the Meekest Man

The Bible refers to Moses as the meekest man of his time. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3), yet at a point in his ministry, he became so angry and disobeyed God’s command by striking the rock twice instead of speaking to it. He became so angry even against the God who called him into the same ministry and his outburst also made God, the meekest God of the whole universe, also angry and infuriated at his disobedient action.

Moses the meekest man got so infuriated to the extent that he lost his Holy Spirit-birthed meekness and invariably also got Jehovah, the meekest God of the universe irrevocably angry too, and was banished from entering into the Promised Land he has laboured so much for, for several years.

The Way Out

In other, therefore, not to fall after the order of Moses, who having labored for more than 40 years in ministry standing in the gap for the people in intercession and shouldering all their burdens but still was denied access to the promised land, ministers of God should let the Holy Spirit develop in them other components of the fruit of the Holy Spirit most especially long suffering and temperance.

Long-suffering, hand-in-hand with meekness when the minister of God allows them to be fully developed and effectively and efficiently deployed, would help him to finish strong and end well.

While love, joy, peace, goodness and faith will endear the minister to the sheep he is shepherding, meekness, long-suffering and temperance will make him finish well and strong and able to declare like Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4: 7-8:

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4: 10-11)

This is because Apostle Paul allowed meekness, patient endurance and temperance to be fully developed in him.

The man of God must, therefore, rely on the full indwelling of the Holy Spirit to end well.