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You can’t effectively cover, mentor, or be a spiritual parent to a internet image.
I’m just saying, you need to have some personal contact with those who say they are connected to you.
You don’t know them personally, haven’t talked to them, haven’t had any contact but through the media. People will create a false image and personality to become part of what you’re doing.
I love what a woman of God did yesterday. She had been communicating (notice I say “communicating,” which means we hold conversations and interact) and when she realized I was in her region, she immediately made plans and came and met me so that I would get to know her personally.
You see people, when it’s God ordained, there will be a pursuit by those that truly want to learn be taught and to have covenant. You can’t form a proper teaching – training relationship if there is no interaction going forth between the two parties.
I believe in order, structure, and respecting ministry covenant relationships. A person can’t be beneficial or accountable for your spiritual growth, if you never give them the ability to deal with you on a regular basic.
Too many spiritual parents are collecting children, but are abandoning them when we realize that the child wants more than a once a year phone call.
I get excited when those I am in covenant with call, text, email me weekly at least. I know then that they want to learn and grow, because they express continual interest by asking questions, seeking knowledge, obtaining wisdom, pursuing understanding.
I love students who ask questions. That lets me know that they want to advance, get understanding, and are teachable and trainable! No teacher wants to teach people who are uninterested in learning and growing!
Leaders don’t just want bodies so you can announce you’ve got so many persons following you, but pursue a relationship with those you cover and mentor so that you can be able to answer questions about their character integrity attitude and ministry qualifications when ask about them.
After all, if they announce you as the person that they are connected to, then you are the one they will hold responsible if they are out of order, because accountability also means critiquing and correcting them when they are walking, teaching, preaching, prophesying in error and you can’t know they are in error if you never seen or heard them do any of these things or communicate with them.
Leaders, stop collecting people and start being a leader to people!
Too Good to Work
Some people feel like they are just too good to work. Ministry is not for them.
In ministry you may be required to sweep the floor, vacuum, clean the bathroom, carry some bags, iron clothes. Sometimes you may have to stay at somebody house.
You won’t lose your anointing if you make your own bed, cook your own food, or clean the private bathroom they allow you to use.
I have had several leaders express concern about the persons who work with them being self-centered, only concerned about themselves, and not concerned about them personally.
Ministry is about souls and walking in humility and obedience to the will of God!
There is far too much pride involved in ministry in this hour. Remember, those who are sent to you will work with you. Those who are attached will just exist with you!
~ 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.