Friday, February 09, 2018

Principles Of Multiplying Ministry (Each One-Teach One)

By the grace of God, I will sharing with you a Biblical principle to how you can effectively disciple your members and put ministry burden on them. These principles I will be sharing is very detailed and cannot put everything into writing, but I look forward that one day, you would have me in your ministry, conferences and seminars and I can teach this in detail. This principle is applicable in all grounds of life: business, ministry or in an organization.

Taking our teaching from Exodus 18:13-22 "And it came to pass on the next day, that Moses sat to Judge the people; and the people stood before Moses from morning to evening. So when Moses' father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, "What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening?" And Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God. "When they have difficulty, they come to me, and I judge between one and another; and I make known the statutes of God and his laws." So Moses father-in-law said to him, "The thing you do is not good. "Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. "Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel and God will be with be with you: stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. "And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way to in which they must walk and the work they must do. "Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. "And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you."

Amen! What a wonderful divine counsel Jethro, Moses' father-in-law gave to him. So I will be relating my teaching to these. Ministry cannot be fulfill isulation, we all need the help of others to fulfill the ministry. This was the case of Moses, he was the only one that was called, and he knew God, his law and statutes and he attend to his people all alone.

I have been to a ministry before where everything is done by the Senior Minister, the wife leads the Praise and Worship session, and the Senior Pastor does the preaching, reading of the announcement. He did that every Sundays of about three services. Then the father-in-law looked at the minister (Moses now), he said "What you are doing to yourself is not good". He said "Both you and you people will easy wear out for this work is too much for you".

And he gave Moses five principle that we will be considering towards effective building of a new team to help in the work God has called us to do. This principle is called "Principles of multiplying ministry" utilized by Jesus and the Apostle Paul in the New Testament. When we are trying to do the work God has called us to accomplish by ourselves without the counsel or help of others defines the essence of this teaching. The solution to this is building a team. Invest your time and resources in the team. Let the team help you with the work God has called you to do. You will succeed in team-building if you follow the principles given to Moses by God and his father-in-law, Jethro. Without these, Moses would have failed. Without them, you will fail as a church leader.
We will now examine the five principles given to Moses.
  • TRAIN OTHERS TO HELP
"I am not able to bear this entire people alone, because it is too heavy for me. And if you deal with me, kill me, I pray you..." Number 11:14, 15.

Moses was taking to God to kill him because of the problems resulting from the burden of ministry on him. To help him with this problem, God was talking to Moses in Numbers 11. In Exodus 18, Jethro (Moses father-in-law) was also talking to Moses and saying the same thing. When Moses listened to God and Jethro, here is what he found out. The solution to this problem began with training others. "And the Lord said to Moses, gather to me seventy men... whom you know to be elders of the people, and officers over them..." Number 11:16.

"In addition, Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. "And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you."

The scripture verses which follow teach us that the leadership gifts were to do the work of the ministry. This was the purpose of Moses' ministry. He just didn't know it. The leader's job is to train and equip the members of the church who have leadership potentials. These members would then do the work of the ministry.

"When Jesus ascended up to heaven... He gave some, apostles; some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for training and equipping the saints, so members of the church would do the work if the ministry, and then build up the body of Christ" Ephesians 4:10 12.
1. Each One- Teach One
Paul teaches in the above verses the primary purpose of church leaders is to train others. Paul explained this to young Timothy. His job as a church leader was to train others. He was to take the training he received from Paul and pass it on to other faithful men. These in turn were also to teach still other faithful men.

"And the things that you have heard of me among many witness, the same commit to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 2Timothy 2:2; following Paul's principle of training others would set off a chain reaction of multiplication that would cause the gospel to be spread quickly over the world. The following explains what would happen if you would take ONE other faithful man and spend ONE year training him. The second year, you and the one you trained would each train one other. If you kept this process up for thirty-three years, look what would happen.
This illustrates the Bible principle of EACH ONE-TEACH ONE.
  • TEACH THEM THE BIBLE
"And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way to in which they must walk and the work they must do"

In most Church seminaries today are ware that most teach every subject but the Bible. The Theulogical Seminaries too frequently become "Cemeteries"- where hundreds of potentials church leaders' spiritual life is buried.

A basic choice was presented to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden "... the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge..." Genesis 2:9. Eating the fruit of the tree of Knowledge would produce sin and death. Despite this biblical warning, the Church returns continually to this tree for the training programmes. What is the result? The Apostle Paul put to simply: "Knowledge puff up, but love edifies according to 1Corithians 8:1"

Training programmes that do not use THE BIBLE as the primary reference work produce arrogant, spiritual dead, impotent leaders whose only achievement after graduation is to pastor a church that gets smaller every year. That which has no life cannot and will not grow. The tree of knowledge only produces death.

Jesus answered in Matthew 22:29 and said to them, you are in error because you do not know the scriptures. The scripture keeps us from error and produce life- for flesh profit nothing; the words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life. It is the words of God the father and God the Son (Jesus) recorded in the Bible that brings life to us.
  • Academic Achievement is not the Goal
Training programmes based in intellectual achievement with emphasis on academic degrees will not produce the leadership needed to win lost souls to Christ or build growing churches. The greater emphasis on academic, the less capable the leadership. Teach the Bible, train church leaders in the Bible. Let the Bible be the center of your training curriculum.
2. SHOW THEM THE WORK TO DO
"... and show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do"
The Luke the Apostle began the Book of Acts with these words: "The former treatises have I made... of all that Jesus began both to do and teach" Acts1:1.
  • Get them Involved
It is not enough to teach the trainee. The trainer must immediately involve the student in DOING and TEACHING. If you teach the student "Soul-wining"- then immediately send them out to win souls. If you teach them how to heal the sick and cast out demons, immediately send them out to do this. That is what Jesus did.
"And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease and he sent the twelve out..." Matthew 10:1-8.
  • Short-Term Training is the Best
Note that the training was short-term with both the twelve apostles and the seventy disciples that Jesus commissioned. He demonstrated what they should do, and then sent them out to do the same things he did. The longer the training programme, the less effective the graduates; training should be kept to six months maximum- then the trainee should be sent out full time to do the work. If necessary, they can be brought back for further training a year or two later.
  • Keep it Practical
The short term training should be 50 percent TEACHING and 50 percent DOING. What is taught should be immediately put into practice (doing). Don't train the head, train the hands. Keep the emphasis on Practices (Practical training). The training should be Bible-centered, short-term and practical. Academics are not emphasized. Dedication and commitment to Christ, purity of character and an emphasis on practical training (immediately doing what is taught) - these should be the kind of training that is encouraged.
It is biblically based training that yields the desired results.
3. TRANSFER THE ANOINTING
"And the Lord said to Moses, gather to me seventy men of the elders of Israel... and bring them to the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand thee with you, and... and I will take of the spirit which is upon you, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you that you bear alone" Numbers 11:16, 17.
  • The Anointing is Essential
This is probably the most important (but most neglected) principle in leadership development. Without the power of the Holy Spirit (the anointing) coming upon a leader, he has no chance of succeeding. Jesus never sent anyone to represent him that he did not first empower. The anointing was essential for Jesus to fulfill his ministry and likewise is essential for you.
  • Anointed Leaders should train others
Let us not miss the vital principle involved, the key leader was anointed and passed his anointing on to those he trained. In contrast to this, it is noted often that the training in Seminaries are staffed by those who failed in the ministry. Those who went out to pastor a church or to evangelize and failed in the process are often brought to the Seminary to train those with leadership potentials. Such approach is doomed to produce others who fail. The law of Harvest is clear. "And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruits after his kind..."

We reproduce what we are. If failed leaders train, their students will be a failure. Successful leaders, who carry a strong anointing of the Holy Spirit on their lives, should be involved in the training of leadership. They will reproduce others who will carry a strong anointing and be successful.
  • Anointing is to shared
The anointing transferred from Moses to the leaders who were to share in his ministry. The anointing transferred from Elijah to Elisha who was to share his ministry. The anointing Jesus to his disciples who were to share in his ministry; the same stand still holds, the trainee shares in the anointing of the trainer. Hence, those who do the training should be those who carry the strong power of God in their lives. The laws of Harvest will work. They will bring forth after their kind.
  • Who transfer the anointing?
God said, "And... I will take of the spirit which is upon you, and will put it upon them..." It is under the guidance and sovereignty of God that this takes place. God is the one who chooses the recipients and directs the key leadership in this blessed transfer.
4. TRANSFER THE BURDEN
And the Lord said to Moses, gather to me seventy men of the elders of Israel... and bring them to the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand thee with you, and... and I will take of the spirit which is upon you, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you that you bear alone" Numbers 11:16, 17.

If you see a man reaching for responsibility, promote him! That man will be a blessing to the Lord's work. If you see a man reaching for authority, be on guard! That man will damage the work of the Lord..
  • Leadership is not Lordship.
Praise the Lord! I believe this piece of summarized e-training material would enhance your ministry. Let me hear from you and will welcome invitation to conference and seminar on this and several other ministerial key subject. God bless you abundantly.

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