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.
Wisdom for ministers is what the minister needs in order to coordinate potentials, training and knowledge for a smooth ministerial life.
When there is no coordination of potentials, training and knowledge, there is disorderliness.
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.
No matter how powerful the engine may be, if there is no oil in the engine (at least to the minimum level),
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.
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)
13 Happy is the man thatfindeth wisdom, and the man thatgetteth understanding.Proverbs 3:13
11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sunEcclesiastes 7:11
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
19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.ECCLESIASTES 7:19
A man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.ECCLESIASTES 8:1b
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
Problems come when you are not coming after in the same direction
Following your leader aright fetches you heavenly blessings and the blessings of your leader.
Following wrongly does not make God happy. It brings disorderliness and may lead to God frowning at you
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)
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)
… 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.
Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap
never follow rightly because you expect
There will be problems when the expected
reward is not forthcoming.
He is human, therefore he is not perfect.
So, you need to give room for some manly manifestations.
always put yourself in his shoes,
then you will be minimizing errors associated with the judging exercise.
Do not relate with your leader base on information from hearsay (gossip).
Rather relate with him base on your personal encounter with him.
Be correctable and teachable.
Allow your leader to lead you.
Step down for him so that he can be up.
If you are not the very head, do not talk authoritatively
Always carry your leader along well
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.
Let your leader see and know you as straight forward person.
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,
The relationship that exists between you and your leader is based on what you create.
Your joy or fulfillment at your place of work is determined by the atmosphere you create between you and your leader(s).
Love your leader whole heartedly.
Do not be an hypocrite.
An hypocrite is a pretender.
He is a person with dual identity.
He is an eye-server.
Appreciate and respect your leaders.
Allow your leader to be in-charge.
Don’t present yourself as if you know more than your leader.
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.
Learn to control your suspicion.
Whatever you cannot say about your leader in his presence, do not say behind him.
Be a follower you would like to have if you were to be the leader.
Always protect the image of your leader.
See yourself being under a leader as God’s program i.e. see your leader as one God has chosen to lead you.
your leader and submit to his authority
Express your contrary opinions to his own in love with respect and in humility and if possible privately.
Be plain before your leader.
Your yes should be yes and your no, no.
Be ready to follow or obey your leader even when you don’t know or see why.
at least seasonally, for your leader.
Your actions under your Godly leader must portray full loyalty.
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.
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
Do not take your leader for granted.
If he is humble, simple or gentle, don’t ride on him.
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
If your leader is a wrong one, allow the one who installed him to correct him.
You can best do this on your knees.
Don’t make your leader’s enemies your own best friends.
Do not become a receiver of complaints.
Be genuinely happy with the promotion of your leader.
Do not secretly think that he does not deserve the fame that he is getting.
Do not strike or slap your Church members.
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.
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.
If you invade your Church members’ privacy, they will also invade your privacy.
There arte times you should avoid eating in public.
Do not honour invitations to dinner on a completely empty stomach.
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 10:231.
As much as possible, do not counsel the opposite sex alone and behind closed doors.
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:222
Do not have the habit or pattern of giving the opposite sex rides alone in your car.3
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.4
Do not have the habit of going on social outings alone with a member of the opposite sex who is not your spouse.5
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)6