Last weekend, we had a very productive Forum For Evangelists. Our theme was The Evangelist and The Present Realities. It was a time to Reset, Revive, Release.
I opened it up with our key text in Isaiah 45:15 where God tells us that He is making us new sharp threshing instrument with teeth. That’s to remind us that we are instruments in God’s hand. And He wants us to be sharp. The present realities requires us to be sharp. That requires us to devise and develop new ways of doing this work with better results.
Our first speaker, Rev. Keith Cook taught us from Nashville, Tennessee. He used the word RELAY to remind us that we are in a relay race. So we must Remember to Relax. Expect good things to happen as well as Expect the pressure. Listen with your heart. Ask relevant questions. Yield to the Holy Spirit direction.
Rev. Cook went on to remind us of the different forms of LACK we will face. Lack of funding for the work. Lack of acceptance by the church. Lack of value by pastors. Lack of popularity towards statewide outreaches. Don’t see any of these as terminal but temporary. Don’t waste certain things. Prepare for good times. Make great plans. Keep track with what is going on. Help each other. Don’t hoard what you have. Sometimes God gives us each other instead of money. If you are working with someone, always ask if there is something you can do. Go help the church. Stay close to pastors. Get outside yourself. Expand your borders.
The next day, we had Rev. Kola Ewuosho. He taught extensively on the ministry gift of the evangelist. Drawing from the example of Philip, the gift of the evangelist manifested as a result of persecution. Before then, Philip served as a deacon. Every Evangelist should preach the gospel. We preach what builds faith for the people to receive miracles.
He went on to admonish us to build our faith for our personal and ministry needs. We respond to our development not to our calling. The image of Christ is two dimensional: character and charisma. Develop yourself through service. Never make money your motive for doing ministry. This is where most Evangelists miss it by starting a church base for financial support. Leave your success in God’s hand. Build your faith on God’s word and God will supply.
Indeed, it was two full days of rich meal from two seasoned ministers. We had 20-25 participants via zoom and 10 Evangelists at our office for this Forum For Evangelists each day. We had participants from the United States of America, England, France, Zambia, The Gambia, Burkina Faso and Nigeria.
I want to specially thank our speakers Rev. Keith Cook and Rev. Kola Ewuosho for making out time to pour into us. I want to thank my staff and team members for all the work they put in to make this Forum For Evangelists a good success. Thanks to every Evangelist who participated. Thank you for your feedback and testimonies.
Mark your calendar for the next Forum For Evangelists this July 31 and August 1, 2020.
Until I see you, reset and release in Jesus name. Amen.
Bishop Michael O. Amamieye