It is important for those who are called by
God into Ministry, to be effective.
To be effective in ministry, there are six important
things we need to consider and experience, namely:
1.We need a Godly
2. We need to walk circumspectly.
3.We need a Godly program.
4.We need to always stay on course.
5.From time to time, we need to be refreshed.
6.We need to have Christian Ministry ethics.
need a Godly vision.
It is very important
for a person in the Ministry of the Church of
Jesus Christ, to have a vision.
A person without
- Has no direction
and doesn't know where to go.
- Is going in the
Those who have
no vision ultimately perish.
is no vision, the people perish:"
There are seven
important aspects of a vision found in:
"And the LORD
answered me, and said, Write the vision, and
make it plain upon tables, that he may run that
For the vision
is yet for an appointed time, but at the end
it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry,
wait for it; because it will surely come, it
will not tarry ... but the just shall live by
These seven aspects
1. God will give us a vision.
vision is important enough for us to write down.
3. We should
make it plain in order to clearly understand
4. We should
continue to pursue our vision.
5. The vision
will come to pass in Gods timing.
6. God's vision
will ultimately be successful.
7. We who live
by faith, should wait for it in faith.
"For a dream
cometh through the multitude of business;"
need to walk circumspectly.
Those in Ministry
need to maintain a high standard of excellence.
What they do, needs to be done right, with precision
and success. This is the Godly way doing things
and God sets us an example of doing things in
"And God saw
every thing that he had made, and, behold, it
was very good."
The Apostle Paul walked in excellence
and taught us to followhis example.
"See then that
ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as
us to walk circumspectly. The Greek word
for circumspectly is "alribos" and means
Each day is made
up of 24 hours in which many decisions are made
and many activities are accomplished. Our decisions
and activities may be wise and fruitful or foolish
To experience excellence
and success in Ministry, we need to do the following,
1. We need to acquire all the knowledge possible, to base our decisions
2. This knowledge needs to be a Godly knowledge.
3. Whatever knowledge we apply in these decisions needs to de done
4. Our activities need to be well planned and organized.
should not waste time or resources in accomplishing
"So teach us
to number our days, that we may apply our hearts
The Hebrew word
number is "Manah" >and means "to
assess and organize."
"A good man
... will guide his affairs with discretion.
Surely he shall not be moved for ever:"
Our Lord Jesus
Christ walked with measured steps and had a
well-planned program. Everyday He would complete
His program and make statements like -
"It is not yet
"The time is come."
He never allowed
anyone to deviate Him from His program, including
"And he said
unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold,
I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and
to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected."
He had a well organized,
Ministry Team -
Jesus had 12 Apostles
and 70 Witnesses who were sent before him to
minister in cities and prepare them for His
things the LORD appointed other seventy also,
and sent them two and two before his face into
every city and place, whither he himself would
There were a group
of woman who travel with the Ministry Team of
Jesus wanted all
things to be done in excellence.
and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's
steward, and Susanna, and many others, which
ministered unto him of their substance."
The Apostle Paul
advises us to do everything we do, well.
"Let all things be done decently and
need a Godly program.
An effective program
is made up of three parts namely:
things that need to be done immediately
are described as priorities or emergencies.
that need to be done whenever possible.
that need to be done sometime in the
in Ministry need to develop the skill of organizing
their program successfully.
activities of our program need to well-pleasing
enemy satan tries everything to cause us to
waste time and do unimportant and ineffective
things. He sends people our way who waste our
valuable time. He gets us involved in programs
and activities that have nothing to do with
Gods purpose for our life. While pursuing these
things we have the illusion of being very busy,
doing much for God. How wrong we are. The hours
of our daily program should be filled with activities
that are not a waste.
activities should include:
time of Prayer.
time of reading the Bible.
time with our Spouse or Family.
time of relaxation.
time of improving our skills.
a person has only a few activities, it is not
difficult for them to organize and do it themselves.
a person has reached the point where they need
additional help or that of a secretary,
they should not hesitate to do so. A secretary
could be helpful, doing a lot of the work, making
the program more effective and alleviating problems.
A secretary should never be allowed to be manipulative
is important for a person in ministry to have
a daily planner to help in at least two
organize hourly activities.
be a reminder of appointments made.
important of all, never let a program be cold
and calculated. Let it be warm, loving, caring,
friendly and person centered.
need to always stay on course.
Paul the Apostle
penned these dramatic words:
2 Timothy 4:7
"I have fought
a good fight, I have finished my course, I have
kept the faith:"
Paul knew what
it was stay on course and finish the work that
God had given him to do. It is important for
us to know Gods will in our lives and what He
wants us to do. Satan should not be allowed
to take us one degree off course. If a plane
veers only one degree off course, it will never
reach its destination.
should be very careful and prayerful, staying
on course to complete the details of our task
are three things that satan does to get us off
someone to confuse and distort our vision
with bad advice or a so-called word from
appose, derail what we are doing and cause
a temporary impasse or setback.
this takes place we need to spend time in prayer
before God, seeking His clear direction and
time to time we need to be refreshed and renewed.
There are three
parts of our being that need to be refreshed
and renewed from time to time, namely:
1. Our Spirit.
There are four
ways in which our spirit may be refreshed:
1. We can be refreshed
by the Holy Spirit, when our spirit prays in
Tongues, in a Heavenly language.
"For with stammering
lips and another tongue will he speak to this
To whom he said,
this is the rest wherewith ye may cause the
weary to rest; and this is the refreshing:"
2. We can also
be refreshed in spirit by the fellowship of
were comforted in your comfort: yea, and joyed
we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit
was refreshed by you all."
Our spirit can be refreshed by special Divine
We can be refreshed
by a dream, a vision, an Angelic visitation
or a supernatural visitation from God.
4. Our spirit can also be refreshed through
One of Gods delegated ministries can pray
for us, lay hands upon us or speak a word from
God to us, refreshing us.
2. Our Soul.
There are two areas
of the Soul that need a refreshing:
1. Those in Ministry need to be mentally refreshed.
activity and strain upon our minds can cause
weariness, stress and burnout. Time in Gods
presence and Word brings about a refreshing
and washing of the mind.
"In thy presence
is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are
pleasures for evermore."
"That he might
sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of
water by the word."
2. Those in Ministry need to be emotionally refreshed.
According to Paul,
our emotions are always active in ministry.
them that do rejoice, and weep with them that
When so much demand
is made upon us, our emotions may become exhausted,
insensitive and need a refreshing.
3. Our Body.
There are three
ways in which our body may be refreshed:
taking special care of our body.
in ministry need to take care for their physical
body. This can be done, by maintaining a good
healthy diet, exercising and enough sleep.
human body has limitations, including those
in ministry and they should never be over-extended.
someone in ministry feels that they need to
take a break from work, they need to do so.
Often it becomes obvious by the way we minister
or work, that we are slowing down or becoming
weary. We need to be alert and sensitive to
this. After we take time off for a refreshing,
we will be so much more effective when we return
back to work.
By taking a vacation.
At least once a
year, those in ministry need to take a vacation
be physically refreshed. Jesus knew this
and told His disciples
to rest a while.
"And he said unto them,
Come ye yourselves apart
into a desert place,
and rest a while: for there were many
coming and going, and
they had no leisure so much as to
need to have Christian Ministry ethics.
has a code of ethics.
there have been different schools of thought,
on ethical behavior, namely:
taught that pleasure is the chief good and that
men should eat, drink and be merry.
that men should have physical and sensual enjoyment.
The Bible teaches
the highest code of ethics introduced by Jesus
It is based on
righteousness and causes the highest degree
of morality and christian character, in the
lives of Christians. They experience this by
acquiring virtues, shunning vices and pursuing
the high and holy calling of God.
This ethical pattern
of life is:
essence a life that is pure and holy.
life that overcomes evil with good.
thoughts that are pure, realistic, honest,
lovely, fair, sound, constructive and of
feelings that are loving, joyful and peaceful.
productive and accountable.
The Kingdom of
God has a much higher culture and code of
ethics than any other earthly Kingdom. Those
in ministry, need to allow Gods Kingdom to be
manifest through their lives and should pray
that it comes on earth as in Heaven.
Those who have
been called by God in ministry, have
a greater responsibility to demonstrate the
character and high code of ethics of Gods Kingdom.