DEVELOPING EFFECTIVENESS FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY.pdf
When people hear the word “ministry” or “minister,” the first thing that comes to their mind is a pastor wearing a cassock and preaching in church or an evangelist on the crusade field. However, in the actual sense of the word, ministry is anything you do that contributes directly to what God is doing on earth. The popular Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) which is Christ’s instruction to every believer does not discriminate between clergy and laity. It follows then that effectiveness in life and ministry is a topic that concerns everyone that wants to become all that God packaged into their creation. Every believer is in ministry, even though the five-fold ministers (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher) only have an official spiritual platform to function. For every other believer, your professions and careers provide platforms for ministry. Believers who lack this understanding misuse their vocational and professional platforms, following the common saying that “when the purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable”. By divine design, ministry should be fulfilled alongside our day to day activities. Daniel was a politician but he was also a genuine and accurate prophet.
We are not to live life and do ministry as we like but according to divine dictates since it all started from God. Thus, effectiveness requires not simply doing activities but also the accuracy of those activities. Since life and ministry issue from God, effectiveness can only be achieved when we properly follow God’s guideline. With over three decades in ministry, I have seen a lot of activities by ministers borne out of different motives but the will of God. You can get a lot of things done but all would be a wasted effort if the purpose of God is not the fulcrum upon which the activities rotate. What makes for effectiveness in life and ministry are not only spiritual things, because there are also practical steps involved. The combination of the prophetic and the practical builds a glorious life and ministry and represents a formidable force of God against the kingdom of darkness on earth. We are a perfect design of God that is to function effectively in all circumstances and produce results against all odds, as we follow divine guidelines. This book is written as a pathway to an effective life and ministry in order to fulfill your high calling in God.
Olusola A. Areogun