Timely Encouragement for Pastors
Greetings in the Matchless Name of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom we have received the mandate to educate, equip and empower Ministers to reproduce the Jesus kind of Ministry in the here and now.
It’s with Jesus joy that I write you this letter which will be the beginning of Weekly letters to inform, inspire and instruct you with insights, strategies and principles that will help you succeed in your life, marriage, home and ministry.
The Lord has given me a heart for Ministers of the Gospel. He has helped me see that one Minister’s success is every Minister’s success. This approach kills all sense of competition amongst Ministers. After all, we are all members of the same kingdom, working under the same Lord.
I consider it a privilege to serve you with the knowledge and the revelations that has helped us achieve the success that we have experienced thus far. We also believe that there’s more to come.
God is interested in the success of the work that He entrusted to you. He has scheduled resources both spiritual, human and material that are necessary for the fulfillment of your God given assignment. See 1 Corinthians 2:9-12. All we need to do is to learn how to access them.
There are certain principles that I have learned from the Lord that have helped me seriously in the pursuit of the assignment I was given.
1. Define your Vision or your Purpose.
People want to know why your Church or Ministry exists. Vision or Purpose is what drives or motivates people to commit to a work and get involved in its projects and prospects. See Proverbs 29:18; Habakkuk 2:2.
2. Define your audience.
Who are you assigned to reach. To whom are you sent? This gives focus and maximum impact in Ministry. Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of Israel. Paul was sent to the Gentiles. God will anoint and empower you to do exactly what He has called you to do. See Matthew 15:24; Acts 26:17-18. So long as you focus on reaching those to whom you are assigned, you will not lack resources.
3. Define your message.
Every genuine messenger is sent with a definite message. It is important that before you step out into ministry that you know the message God wants you to bring to your generation. John the Baptist had a message and a definite assignment. He impacted Israel powerfully. Paul had a definite message as well: the Gospel of Grace. He made a difference in his generation. Peter and John also had a message. They preached the full message of the New Life. See John 1:19-26; Matthew 3:1-5; Luke 3:3-6; Romans 1:15-16; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 5:20 NIV
4. Define your strategy.
A strategy is a careful plan for achieving a goal usually over a long period of time. You cannot succeed without a plan. The Bible says, “Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; but hurry and scurry puts you further behind.” (Prov. 21:5 MSG). The New Living Translation puts it this way, “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity.” To have a successful ministry you must be a planner. You must define tasks, assign roles and set targets strategically.
Let me stop there for now. We will continue next week. Until then, it is my prayer that God opens you up to kingdom ideas and strategies in His Word that will facilitate your success in your God given assignment. God Speed!
David Wale Feso
Providing inspiration for an oncoming generation