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.
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.
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