It is appalling, how many young and old people are rising up (without proper training) in this generation – amassing crowd of ignorant followers: these people call themselves whatever they have chosen to answer.
Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and/or Teachers; embellished with various academic degrees and professional titles (that do not give mantle). This explains why we have so many dissentious dispositions in Christendom, today.
On many occasions, I have seen (via the mass media) so-called title centered ministers of God hauling hateful, hurting words at one another as a result of differences in opinion, believe or a proof for superiority of ministerial experiences, assets or fame.
Of course, being in gospel ministry is good
Apostle Paul lent his voice to the dignity of being a minister of the gospel by listing some things expected of such person:
Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap (1 Timothy 3:1-7, NIV).
However, the reverse is the case for many of these (fast rising) so-called pastors.
Many of them have not passed through a theological education that could have enlightened them on biblical principles and interpretation, as they claim (mostly) that one does not need education as one needs the Holy Spirit to do ministry.
Funnily, they speak from ignorance: I, almost, fell into that category too, but thanks to God.
Those who do not want to start own ministries are eager to teach
Again, Apostle Paul (who was the spiritual mentor of Timothy) had advised the latter to be harp to teach, “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Tim 4:1-2, NIV.
The apostle was, even, appealing to Timothy’s reasoning, after using God and Jesus Christ – as witnesses, to instruct Timothy of the need for him to teach (his generations), but it is glaring that Timothy had learnt so much from Paul to the extent that Paul was commissioning him to teach others, also.
Who have you learnt from then?
As I have said, earlier, to desire the work of the gospel ministry is a great thing, but if you would not put yourself under learning, in addition to the anointing of God over you – I bet that you will not make any difference.
Rather, you will be recycling dogmas of past elders (motivated by cultural nuances) instead of teaching the sound, complete doctrine of the scriptures.
If you were not going into the ministry but desires to serve in departmental ministry (as a worker in a local church), I wish to inform you that there is need for you to pass through stages of preparations and learning to finetune your characters and/or dispositions.
However, if you would be going, fully, into ministry – you cannot shy away from putting yourself into a quality theological study: the reason I am saying this is because what you think you know will either be approved or disproved over there, and you will have immense opportunities to acquire needed knowledge that will help you to succeed in the ministry.
Evang., Emmanuel Femi Oyeniyi, in his book, The Root of Conspiracy in the Church, affirms that ‘ministry is beyond leading prayers’: of truth, it got to do with coping with people and learning how to relate with both their good and bad conducts.
So, dear reader, if you did not have a lesson you are going through – to become a better minister, in that department or full ministerial assignment, I encourage you to put yourself under one, as soon as possible.
Crucial side is here
You cannot have a successful ministry without a relationship and fellowship with God, and these are not possible unless you are born again.
Being born again means that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. I implore you to pray, where you are, that God will forgive your sins; commit yourself to Him and declare that you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
You are now, a new creation, 2 Cor 5:17.
You must, also, help yourself to grow through daily study of the Bible, a consistent prayer life and holiness (via obedience to the Holy Spirit) – empowered by grace.