Over-emphasis on materials issues is derailing many ministries in Nigeria – Bishop Anthony

Over-emphasis on materials issues is derailing many ministries in Nigeria – Bishop Anthony

Chidi Anthony, president of the Pentecostal Ministers’ Discussion board (PFM) and presiding bishop, Kings in Christ Energy Ministries Worldwide, spoke with BusinessDay on the necessity for mentorship in Christendom and why pastors should domesticate the behavior of obeying these in authority. He additionally touched on three important areas that younger pastors should rigorously keep away from in order to not finish their ministry midway. Excerpts by SEYI JOHN SALAU:

What’s the place of mentorship in at this time’s Christendom, particularly in relation to younger pastors?

The reality is that most of the younger pastors have gone astray and lots of of them would possibly resolve to keep away from you due to the recommendation you would possibly give to them. Let’s discuss ‘fathership’; a father is the one that can give his kids feather to fly. A father is the one which nurtures you into Christendom. However at this time the issue we now have within the church in regard to mentorship is that the fathers solely recognise the believer that pays tithe and sows seeds to them, and if you end up unable to do this – they don’t see you as a son. However that isn’t the way it was purported to be. A father must observe you up whether or not you could have cash otherwise you don’t have cash. A father can not abandon the son; and that’s the reason you’ll be able to see at this time one particular person will inform you I’ve 10 religious fathers – it’s very fallacious. You possibly can’t have multiple, however you’ll be able to have mentors. One religious father; and you’ll have 100 mentors – folks you like their ministry.

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As a pacesetter within the physique of Christ; what position are you taking part in in serving to younger pastors, particularly inside the Pentecostal Ministers’ Discussion board?

Now, once you discuss mentorship – I’m the president of the Pentecostal Ministers’ Discussion board (PMF), and anyone that’s below that umbrella means I’m mentoring them for now because the president of the PMF. My responsibility time-to-time is to show them the ethics of the ministry and to observe them up in order that they don’t finish midway. You possibly can agree with me that the majority pastors find yourself midway not with the ability to fulfill their ministry due to one mistake or the opposite. I took time to inform them what it takes to be a pastor. When this name comes – sure God calls us like he stated within the e-book of Jeremiah that earlier than you have been born, I do know you; I’ve referred to as you and anointed you. God anointed you from the womb; however you want any individual to mentor you in order that you don’t finish midway.

Let’s take it a bit away from the PMF and take a look at the case of the younger bishop who was lately sentenced for sexual offences. Do you assume his case would have been any higher with an excellent mentor?

In regards to the younger bishop – I sympathise with him; then once more it’s out of recklessness and I don’t care concerning the syndrome that landed him the place he’s at this time. I do know he has an excellent spouse; so, why then go sleep with members and now take a look at the place he discovered himself at this time. If God doesn’t intervene, it signifies that his ministry has ended due to an enjoyment that can’t final greater than 5 (5) minutes. Now, he has discovered himself in a state of affairs the place solely God may also help him. After we discuss mentorship – it’s about any individual that may have the time to lecture and discuss to the particular person he’s mentoring. However, many younger pastors of at this time come to you simply so that you can provide them a platform to evangelise and join them to church buildings the place they’ll go and preach; they usually don’t hear.

Again to the PMF, how do you bridge the hole in management?

So, PMF organises seminars repeatedly to teach younger pastors on learn how to develop in ministry and to respect males in authority and to be very cautious of their ministry. There are three issues that kill a person of God (I name the three Fs). One is fame; if you end up so anxious for fame, you’ll find yourself midway. You’ll find out and imagine with me at this time that the majority younger boys, pastors have entered into one cult or the opposite in an effort to get fame – fame that can’t final endlessly. If you end up a lot thinking about fame, you’ll be able to go the additional mile in an effort to get fame and on the finish you would possibly finish midway. I can provide you numbers of younger males who’ve ended their ministry midway as a result of they’re so and wanting to have fame. The opposite factor is finance – when a pastor is raring to generate income, he can go the additional mile; that’s the reason we now have tales of pastors defrauding folks all around the web. They’ve turn out to be scammers simply because they want this cash by all means. A younger man got here to me a while in the past and stated papa you’re doing excellently properly; papa I come to you to submit, papa pray for me, I wish to be such as you. Papa take a look at you, God has blessed you on this means, that means; I wish to be such as you. I stated OK; you need me to hope for you and anoint you so that you might be precisely like me – he stated sure Sir, and I stated God will reply your prayers. So, I stated knee down let me pray; and I stated God he stated he needs to me be like me – let him move by what I move by; God might you permit him to have an accident that can take him to the ICU for 7 to 14 days in coma; and I stated God I pray for him that the spouse he’ll marry might be barren for 5 years earlier than having concern – he stated papa this isn’t what I requested you to hope for. I stated pray in order that I can have cash and fame such as you. I stated if you wish to be like me, you might want to move by what I move by. So, if you wish to be like Bishop Chidi Anthony, you might want to carry my cross and undergo what I went by additionally. Most of them are simply wanting to get fame – any individual will begin a ministry at this time and can wish to purchase homes, purchase automobiles and transfer in convoy; carry policemen right here and there, they usually don’t know what people who find themselves in that stage move by earlier than they may get to that place. Each younger pastor at this time wants the title of a bishop, and that’s the reason most of them are ending midway. Most of them are dying; most are in jail for one factor or the opposite at this time as a result of they want this cash.

What’s the final ‘F’ that you really want younger pastors to keep away from?

The worst of all of it which is the final ‘F’ is feminine. Take a look at all the good males within the scriptures – take a look at Samson, he was introduced down due to a girl. I can’t have time to listing them however test many nice males that have been introduced down due to girls. As an example, take a look at that bishop – a person that God has already blessed; a person that carries the oil, however now he has ended midway due to the so-called enjoyment that won’t last as long as 5 minutes. I do know wherever he’s within the jail now; he’s regretting each one in every of his acts. Feminine (girls) can destroy you and that’s the reason we now have PMF. That’s the reason we at all times discuss to them; educate them to know the rule of legal guidelines and to give attention to their ministry. You possibly can’t serve two masters at a time – you’ll be able to’t be within the spirit and on the similar time be within the flesh.

Lastly, what’s your recommendation to younger pastors on the market?

I’ll advise pastors to remain far-off from the issues that can breach the peace of the nation. They should digest what they wish to say earlier than they carry it out. You understand there may be freedom of speech; however there isn’t a freedom after speech. So, in the event that they wish to discuss; they need to know what they wish to discuss and give it some thought. In addition they must respect the boys in authority as a result of the Bible says for no man attains that until for whom God has ordained. They need to respect the legislation and do the correct factor. Lastly, they need to keep away from getting into into issues;

furthermore, in issues regarding women. Most younger women you see within the church at this time are brokers within the church. Most ladies are despatched as brokers and their solely responsibility and mission is to carry the pastor down. So, each man of God must be vigilant. I imagine in watching and praying (if you end up praying, you additionally open your eyes) so that you could by no means be a sufferer. When this pastor was interacting or doing no matter he was doing (The bishop that’s in jail at this time) he by no means knew it could get to this stage. Additionally, the younger males in ministry must hearken to their mentor in order that they may by no means be a sufferer and finish their ministry midway.

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