With so many leaders dealing with those who work with them, I thought it would be a good time to do a lesson on some of these positions that are connected to leadership.
“And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all,” Mark 10:44.
ADJUTANT: One who helps, assists and gives strength and support to a person in leadership, a person who is consistently and willing in place as an aide to leadership. A person of military stance who is able to bear the weight of the mandate of the leader they are assigned to.
This position of Adjutant, is a service ministry, therefore those who serve in its capacity must have a servant’s mindset and heart.
The word adjutant comes from the Latin word ‘adjutare‘ meaning to aid or assist. Any person serving in this position, must be a person of humility and commitment.
These persons, in order to serve, must have a firm foundation in Christ and the word of the LORD and a strong knowledge of God. They must maintain a loving relationship with God in order to walk in the dimension of humility required for this position.
Their duties will include various functions and unless they have a heart and mind to serve they will not have the grace to work in this assignment. Some of the duties of those that will serve as in this position are as followed:
- They must be available. They will have to be able to walk in a certain dimension of commitment, because this position requires a person to be faithful.
- They must maintain their position. When on duty with their leader they must be present meaning their mind spirit and emotions must be in the assignment with the leader. They can’t have their mind and spirit all over the place.
- They must be a willing vessel. They must be wholeheartedly involved in their assignment. They can’t have an attitude because they can’t do what they want.
- They must have a respect for the boundaries the leader sets. They can’t begin to expect the leader to be their buddy. Getting to familiar can cause somebody to forget whose in charge.
- They must know their place. They have to understand when a leader is on assignment so are they. This is not the time to try to get you a counseling or prophesy session going thereby becoming a frustration as the leader can’t focus on the assignment at hand. They need you to help strengthen them.
- You can’t be effective in covering your leader if you only know them in the flesh. You need to pray and ask God to give you your leaders spirit.
- Watch how you interact with other leaders. Remember you are there to assist and aid your leader not run around neglecting your duties.
- You can’t get upset angry or offended if your leader doesn’t call you everyday. There are times when they want to be left alone. Remember this is a leadership relationship so soul ties are not available.
- You should be able to drive. Your leader is going on assignment and needs to be focus. You need to be able to drive them to the airport or a ministry assignment.
- They need to be able to serve water while your leader is preaching. Your leader shouldn’t be served by somebody who doesn’t know their spirit, because,
- They need to be interceding before during and after service. When the service is over, you are yet on duty.
- In case there is an emergency or trouble, you should already know the entrances and exits. Know your surroundings at all times.
- Make sure you have their beverage ready before, during and after ministering. No cold water and no caffeine before preaching.
- Know the identity and phone number of contact persons. You should know who is assigned to your leader.
- Find out where your leader will be seated, so that you can cover that area with prayer and their seat.
- Find out if there is a designated parking place. You don’t want to be too far from the entrance/ exit to bring your leader out.
- Find out and get permission to set up a table for your leader’s ministry products. Find out applicable fees or other information needed.
- Find out if you are permitted to sit on the platform with your leader. Some places only want your leader, so don’t just assume you can go to the pulpit area.
- Make sure you are spiritually attentive to the moving of the Holy Ghost. You shouldn’t be going left and your leader is going right, because you were distracted.
- Watch your leader when ministering. You should be so in-tuned, until you know where they are going and what they are doing before them.
- Be alert and ready to move at all times. There is nothing worst than your leader ministering at the back while you at the front in a daze.
- You need to be a warrior. There has to be some knowledge of spiritual warfare or you will be taken out in the fight.
- Make sure that you don’t give the impression that you are not approachable. You could miss critical info etc. for the leader, because people are afraid to talk to you.
- Be courteous, but yet firm, standing your ground. Don’t bark at the people, but with authority and firmness, let them know what you need them to or not to do.
- Don’t take on the Gehazi spirit and lying, using your leader’s name to gain material blessings that your leader rejected.
- You need to have days of fasting and praying for your leader.
- These are just a few of the duties that need to be broadcast, because most people want fame and fortune! Unless you have that mindset for servanthood, then you don’t need to be serving.
Read very carefully and then ask yourself, can I handle these areas of ministry?
Attendant: A person who attends to another to perform a service – a person who helps you if you need something.
These are your ‘go getter’ persons who attend to the small things in the ministry. These persons require a servant’s heart and a love for helping. They are usually well rounded, because they have the ability to do work in any area. They are the floaters, who work in any capacity of the ministry.
Associates: A partner or colleague – comrade – coworker – ally. These are the ones who are almost, if not equal in rank, in the Spirit realm.
These are other leaders who connect together with you to be helpers one to another. These are persons already trained and developed, who are already seasoned with wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
Assistant: A person who ranks below a senior person. A person who gives aid and support – helper – apprentice. These are the ones who are in training for leadership in ministry and are raised up to perform in all ministry and administrative capacity.
They are the ones who are walking really closely to another person, so they can learn and develop their skills in all areas.
These three persons are important persons on the team. As you structure your organization team make sure you match these positions precisely as God gives them to you. They are part of your ‘A List’ of team members.
~ Apostle Barbara R. Thomas
Apostle Barbara R. Thomas is founder of I Come to Heal Ministries, A Woman’s touch Ministry, The Next Dimension Global Outreach Ministries and Spoken Word School of Ministry and is on a mission, travelling the world, proclaiming the Gospel, for souls to be won to the Kingdom of God. She has life mandate to help bring others to their divine purpose.