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Ajagbe Samuel Olushola RECSOM, Ede, Osun State. Wisdom for Ministers. What is Ministerial wisdom?. Wisdom for ministers is what the minister needs in order to coordinate potentials, training and knowledge for a smooth ministerial life.

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Wisdom for ministers is what the minister needs in order to coordinate potentials, training and knowledge for a smooth ministerial life.

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Ministerial wisdom is like engine oil in the engine. As small as it seems, it is indispensable.

It lubricates all the other parts for proper functioning of the engine.

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No matter how powerful the engine may be, if there is no oil in the engine (at least to the minimum level),

  • There will be no proper functioning of the engine.
  • There will be problem in the engine.
  • The power of the engine will reduce.
  • The engine will soon knock and be useless
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Many ministers are actually called

Many ministers are actually anointed

Many ministers are actually gifted

Many ministers are actually skillful etc

But many among these are not able to go far in ministry because they lack MINISTERIAL WISDOM.

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7 Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.Prov 4:7 (HCSB)

7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding

Prov 4:7 (KJV)

ecclesiastes 7 12

12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

ECCLESIASTES 7:12
definitions

A leader is one who rules or guides or inspires others

A follower is a person who accepts the leadership of another

To follow is to proceed or go or come after in the same direction.

Definitions
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Problems come when you are not coming after

Problems come when you are not coming after in the same direction

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Following wrongly does not make God happy. It brings disorderliness and may lead to God frowning at you

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Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. 2 So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do good and you will have its approval.

Romans 13:1-3 (HCSB)

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Obey your leaders and submitto them,

for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account,

so that they can do this with joy and not with grief,

for that would be unprofitable for you.

Heb 13:17 (HCSB)

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Following wrongly reverses for you 2Chronicles 20:20b

… Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem;

Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established;

believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

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How you follow will determine how you too will be followed now or later.

Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap

Gal 6:7

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As you follow,

never follow rightly because you expect

a reward.

There will be problems when the expected

reward is not forthcoming.

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Never forget your leader is not an angel nor God.

He is human, therefore he is not perfect.

So, you need to give room for some manly manifestations.

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In judging the actions of your leader,

always put yourself in his shoes,

then you will be minimizing errors associated with the judging exercise.

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Do not relate with your leader base on information from hearsay (gossip).

Rather relate with him base on your personal encounter with him.

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Do not frown at correction.

Be correctable and teachable.

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Allow your leader to lead you.

Step down for him so that he can be up.

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If you are not the very head, do not talk authoritatively

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Always carry your leader along well

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Take time to understand your leader and his style of operation and do your best to flow with his style.

Never attempt to make him flow with yours.

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Let your leader see and know you as straight forward person.

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Make your message acceptable.

Your message is like product for sale.

The buyer will want to look at the manufacturer to know if they fit e.g. if it is edible product, is the manufacturer occultic, neat or hygienic? etc

For your messages to be acceptable,

  • Be humble. People want to listen to and obey the message of an humble man than a proud man.
  • Be a true practical Christian – A Christian doing what he teaches and not a theoretical Christian.
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The relationship that exists between you and your leader is based on what you create.

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Your joy or fulfillment at your place of work is determined by the atmosphere you create between you and your leader(s).

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Love your leader whole heartedly.

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Do not be an hypocrite.

An hypocrite is a pretender.

He is a person with dual identity.

He is an eye-server.

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Appreciate and respect your leaders.

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Allow your leader to be in-charge.

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Don’t present yourself as if you know more than your leader.

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Humble yourself.

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Personally discover who your leader and others around you are and relate with them according to your own personal discoveries and not on what others say about them.

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Learn to control your suspicion.

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Whatever you cannot say about your leader in his presence, do not say behind him.

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Be a follower you would like to have if you were to be the leader.

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Always protect the image of your leader.

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See yourself being under a leader as God’s program i.e. see your leader as one God has chosen to lead you.

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Respect

your leader and submit to his authority

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Express your contrary opinions to his own in love with respect and in humility and if possible privately.

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Be plain before your leader.

Your yes should be yes and your no, no.

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Be ready to follow or obey your leader even when you don’t know or see why.

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Buy gifts,

at least seasonally, for your leader.

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Your actions under your Godly leader must portray full loyalty.

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Avoid dwelling on official relationship alone with your leader.

Dwelling on official alone will cause you do some things abnormally and this may lead into trouble.

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Avoid petitioning your leader especially if he is a man of God indeed.

Aaron and Miriam petitioned Moses and they paid for it.

Numbers 12:1-16; Exodus 15:20

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Do not take your leader for granted.

If he is humble, simple or gentle, don’t ride on him.

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Treat your leader as one knowing more than you even if you are more qualified than him.

Do not stylishly cut him out of programs you organize for your parish

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If your leader is a wrong one, allow the one who installed him to correct him.

You can best do this on your knees.

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Don’t make your leader’s enemies your own best friends.

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Do not become a receiver of complaints.

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Be genuinely happy with the promotion of your leader.

Do not secretly think that he does not deserve the fame that he is getting.

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ETHICS

FOR INTERACTING

WITH

CHURCH MEMBERS

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Do not strike or slap your Church members.

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Be very careful when you are settling disputes between Church members.

There is tendency for one of them to think you are siding with the other against him/her.

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Take caution when settling disputes between husbands and wives.

Do not say bad things about one partner to the other. Later, they may jointly perceive you as an enemy of their marriage.

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If you invade your Church members’ privacy, they will also invade your privacy.

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There arte times you should avoid eating in public.

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Do not honour invitations to dinner on a completely empty stomach.

  • Do not give impression that you like a lot of food.
  • Do not ask for additional food once you have finished eating.
  • Do not leak your plate clean.
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As far as possible, do not minister to the opposite sex when you are alone.

23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

1 Corinthians 10:23

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As much as possible, do not counsel the opposite sex alone and behind closed doors.

Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 Thessalonians 5:22

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Do not discuss your personal life and marital problem with church members of the opposite sex.

This will only lead to intimate relationships with people who should not be too close to you.

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Do not have the habit of going on social outings alone with a member of the opposite sex who is not your spouse.

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If you are a male minister, do not minister to a lady by laying hands on private parts of her body e.g. buttocks and breasts.

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

Prov. 6:26-27 (KJV)

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