EVERY SENIOR PASTOR MUST LEAVE THAT CHURCH IN TEARS:
SOME WERE SACKED FROM THAT CHURCH:
SOME RAN OUT OF TOWN WITHOUT A TRANSFER LETTER:
THAT WAS THE SAME CHURCH THAT SAID IF THEY DON’T REMOVE THEIR PASTOR WITHIN 24 HOURS, THE ROOF OF THE CHURCH BUILDING WILL BE REMOVED:
ON WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, I WAS INTRODUCED TO THEM, A PETITION WAS WRITTEN AGAINST ME THAT I WAS TOO YOUNG TO LEAD THEM AND THEY CAN’T STAY UNDER MY LEADERSHIP:
IN THE HISTORY OF THAT CHURCH FROM 1995 IT WAS PLANTED TO 2012 I TOOK OVER, I WAS THE YOUNGEST SENIOR PASTOR OF THAT BRANCH:
ALL ASSISTANT PASTORS (FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME) WERE MY SENIORS IN AGE:
BUT GOD HELPED ME:
HE GAVE ME THREE SCRIPTURES:
From Isaiah 11 verse 6, I discovered that all kinds of Animals shall dwell together, but a little Child shall lead them.
The Prey and the Predators shall dwell together, and a little child shall coordinate them without any form of casualty.
Remember, there is the Wisdom to build a House. Proverbs 24:3-4
Also remember, he that handles a matter wisely, shall find good.
From the above scripture in Isaiah, I told myself, as the youngest Pastor to have been sent there, I am the best choice. “Because a little child shall lead them”
From scripture numbers two and three, people fail in building for lack of Wisdom.
People also fail in handling difficult matters for a lack of Wisdom.
So in the place of fellowship with the Holy Spirit, He gave me 8 Practical Wisdom steps in succeeding in that assignment.
1. THE WISDOM OF RESPECT FOR THE ELDERS OF THE CHURCH:
On my first Sunday in that Church, I knelt on the Altar and asked the Elders Councill to pray for me that God should help me in my assignment there.
After the Service, the Elders adopted me as their Son and said nothing evil must happen to me, and the people who trouble the church are all under the control of the Elders.
Do you know what that means? No one could go against the instructions of the church elders.
2. THE WISDOM OF NOT INTERFERING WITH CHURCH FINANCIAL POLICIES AND GUIDELINES:
I called a meeting of the Finance Committee and warned them against allowing me to interfere with financial matters.
I made them swear to an oath that they will uphold the Financial Guidelines of the Ministry.
They became more confused because Church Money was their problem with all former Pastors. Now here is a man telling them to hold their money very well.
My biggest financial blessing in Ministry still came from them.
There is Honey in your Lion.
If only you are wise and also allow the Holy Spirit to lead you.
Ask Samson in the Bible.
3. THE WISDOM OF MANIFESTING THE POWER AND FIRE OF GOD ON THE ALTAR AT ALL TIMES, THEREBY MAKING THEM WILLING TO FOLLOW AND OBEY AT ALL TIMES:
I used every Service as an opportunity to manifest God’s Power with diverse Testimonies.
This made them Willing to do everything I tell them from God’s Word.
“In the days of His Power, His people shall be Willing”. Rebels will only fight a Politician on the Pulpit.
You don’t go to the Pulpit to play Politics but to display Power.
4. THE WISDOM OF ENGAGING THEM IN CHURCH-GROWTH-DRIVE AND ACTIVITIES:
If you don’t engage them positively, the enemy will engage them negatively.
If you don’t use them for soul winning, the devil will use them for soul fighting.
You will just be settling fights among them.
And when they saw there was growth everywhere, they had no choice but to flow with a move stronger than theirs. There was something every day in Church.
No day was reserved for the devil.
5. THE WISDOM OF LOVING THEM AND SERVING THEM AS THEIR SERVANT AND NOT JUST THEIR LEADER:
There are places only a Servant-Leader Approach will work.
These people are naturally proud.
You destroy their pride, not by showing them how proud you are, but by showing them how humble they should be.
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Don’t just be their Boss, be their Brother also.
6. THE WISDOM OF NOT TAKING SIDE WITH ANY CAMP IN THE CHURCH:
I am always on the side of God.
I noticed that there were 2 strong and opposing factions in the Church, and all my Predecessors took side with one camp against the other camp.
And the result was very dirty.
How I managed both camps is still a mystery to me.
They all supported me, because of the Wisdom of God at work. Both camps still relate with me till date.
As a Pastor, you are not for anybody, you are for everybody in that Church.
Never allow any person or group of people to feel marginalized or disenfranchised by your Leadership Style. Even in the church, I pastor at the moment, I belong to nobody but to everybody.
7. THE WISDOM OF NOT FIGHTING ANY OF MY PREDECESSORS:
What you don’t know is that even who you call a bad Predecessor still has his Ardent Followers around you.
To fight the Man they love is to turn his Lovers and Followers against you.
Your ability to cover all errors you inherited is proof of your Leadership Capacity.
To fight your Forerunner is to run a Crisis-Filled Church.
I noticed that most of the problems in that Church were coming from their former Pastors, so I ensured that the errors of all former Pastors were not brought to the present.
If I notice a ‘corpse’ that was not buried very well, I immediately help you to finish the burial service.
Never forget, he who sows the wind, shall reap the whirlwind. Hosea 8:7.
Ask those you know, I was sending periodic seeds to them.
Even to those who have left the Ministry then.
8. THE WISDOM OF USING WELFARE TO PREVENT WARFARE WITHIN THE CAMP:
Leaders who eat alone will suffer alone, fight, and fall alone.
Every person working with me in the office was all speaking in my favor because their welfare was taken care of.
We paid hospital bills, school fees, and several bills for members.
So they came to a point where they needed to choose between having their Welfare in place or having time for WARFARE AGAINST ME.
Don’t ask me where will the money come from.
The one you use in buying those expensive cars, where is it coming from?
Credit: church gist