The attached picture is my humble self, preaching in Winners’ Chapel Buguma in the year 1997 as a church planter.
We were celebrating the arrival of our:
New Microphone and
New Hall about 3 months after starting.
We used the same table for altar matters, for communion: flesh and blood, Tuesdays and Thursdays, to carry our Amplifier and for office operations on non-service days.
Service used to be Sunday morning, Tuesday evening and Thursday evening.
During office hours, myself and the other Pastor used both ends of the table to do our office work.
We both started by living in a room that was supposed to be a kitchen, attached to a member’s house, without bathroom and toilet. We had to go to the river every morning to defecate and to bath by 5am before the locals start coming.
As at this time, our Ministry had already built Kaduna and Lagos Cathedrals with the office towers, (Not Canaanland but Iyana-Ipaja) and also operated her own Private Jet.
Young Pastors, please stop looking at the comfort level of your Father and Seniors in Ministry. When they paid the price you were not there.
We all have our different starting points.
Start from your own starting point so that you can have your own success story.
You are not sent to suffer, but you must suffer to have ministry to offer.
To dodge the Process is to miss the Product.
To dodge the Suffering is to miss the Offering.
To dodge the Fight is to miss the Tithe.
To dodge the Story is to miss the Glory.
To dodge the Misery is to miss the Ministry.
To dodge the Battles is to miss the Mantle.
To dodge the Training is to miss the Reigning.
To dodge the “Going Through” is to miss the “Going To”.
To dodge the Breakdown is to miss the Breakthrough and
To dodge the Beginning is to miss the Ending.
In our days, you were sent to start with your Bible and transport money.
Today, young Pastors want everything to be in place, otherwise they won’t go and open any branch for anybody.
They want a big hall with air-condition, all equipment must be in place, an official car and must be in a city not a village.
This generation of Pastors actually came in the era of graduate-pastoring. So a ‘boy’ that should be in the labour market looking for a job is in the ministry looking for the comfort he is not due for because his mates in the secular world are doing better than him.
You saw the Secular World before you came to the Spiritual World!
Go and thank God that you came in when the soup and the pounded yam is already being served.
There are Men who laboured to plant it, water it, watch it, weed it, waited for it, harvested it, cooked it, for your generation to come and eat it free of charge.
Infact, you entered into the labour of our Fathers, Leaders and Seniors Pastors.
Others have laboured and you came to reap their labour.
Anywhere you see any Man of God, who came into ministry when there was no glamour and glory, please honour and respect them. For the investment of their youth is the harvest the current youth are benefitting from.
To the young Pastors of our generation, you don’t need any form of comfort to obey the voice of the Comforter. Things cannot be as bad as when it first appeared. Your generation is blessed.
You are privileged to be born in a time like this. Wherever you are sent, please go. Whatever is provided for you at the moment, please accept it and go and start that work.
If they give you everything you need to start that ministry work, what will the members you will be getting come to do?
In church planting, even the purchase of a new altar chair for the Pastor by a member can be a sign that God is with the Pastor.
Never forget, he who gives you everything in church planting has not helped your faith, but has killed your faith.
A Hall, Pulpit and Chair is enough, as long as you have enough grace to succeed. For Grace is superior to Grant.
Thanks for Reading.
Answers’ Assembly Global.
Warri, Delta State.
Source: Ndepo TV