Ministers’ conference in view – What ministers’ conference shouldn’t be. It was an early morning ministers’ conference, we were so expectant, as the meeting started and continued till it ended. On the contrary we wondered why we had to almost lap each other to get there .Even though the cream de la cream of Nigerian churches was present. Really it fell below the lower limits of our expectation.
I attended another one a month after, this time, out of six speakers only one left me with a memorable experience.
He taught doctrine and ministered by the Spirit, interestingly he was the only foreigner among the six speakers.
As the others were using the forum to settle scores and do exactly what the cream of the earlier conference which I attended did.
It was after this that I decided to either be circumspect about or ignore totally ministers’ conference of most.
Furthermore, I made up my mind to ensure whenever I hold one or participate in any, I won’t engage in such inanity I had previously experienced.
Now, you might ask what put me off? Hold your breath!
When in 1998 I spoke to my friends about us holding a ministers conference in a retreat format, I knew exactly those who can’t feature and what can’t be allowed in. Hence the format and character of World Changers Conference was etched in my heart.
We have stuck to this for the last 18 years.
Ministers’ Conference – Kenneth Hagin:
Fast forward, my attendance of Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Winter Bible Seminar Tulsa Oklahoma USA.
No doubt this is the home coming and conference of Rhema Bible Training Centers Missions around the world.
It’s a ministers’ conference.
I could readily see why I was put off by my now almost 22 years’ experience.
After every session at this conference either I get to study subjects taught with new light or Take time to pray or both.
It wasn’t about the usual things that take front seat in the ministers’ conference I see or have seen.
Issues like “how to make your ministry relevant “,”growing your church” weren’t the subjects at all.
No one came to tell us how much his ministry has in its accounts. Of course no one said something about newly acquired jets, real estate etc.
Those were the sufferings I endured earlier on.
You will usually leave Gods plan for your life and start chasing these things.
The teachings at WBS were / are about your spiritual life. It was also about our walk with God and effectiveness in taking the gospel to the lost.
Bible teaching was inspired.
Pastor Mrs. Hagin shared / shares and taught / teaches on prayer and we pray supplications daily at least an hour, with utterances and instructions.
Pastor Hagin evening sessions were counsels and instructions to stay with the message and power.
Warnings and Exhortations, like Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus. Then flow of the Spirit with impartation and working of miracles and gifts of healing too.
No boasts from anyone about money, crowd or influence.
This Was True Ministerial Exhortations:
Furthermore, when speakers speak, the testimonies are biblical.
Hearing, how one left his country with $20 and in over 20 years led 750 thousand to Christ, hundreds of ministers trained and sent to start churches, seemed the right spirit for me.
The Haiti story got me on my knees to pray.
Dead raised in numbers, voodoo disgraced. Idol worshippers receive Christ in hundreds of thousands! In a country declared as voodoo nation.
Now that’s ministry.
No glitterati, paparazzi, just the Word of Faith and the Gifts of the spirit.
I “unluckily” attended a lunch with tens of these missionaries and couldn’t eat after listening to them share Gods word and their experiences.
Mind bugling exploits in China, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, etc.
Just speaking of the name of Jesus!
I started out as a missionary 1994. I was privileged to travel across Nigeria (eventually 34 states) and West Africa (8 nations as at 1998)
We would hitch hike to Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, many times in the dead of the night .
Get there, preach the gospel, see raw power in demonstrations, train the locals to evangelize and for ministry, so I could see my “tribesmen” here at WBS.
We had encounters with magicians and voodoo and such delight it was for us to put them to shame.
No cameras, social media, just Christ glorified! No technological stunts, deaf ears unstopped, blind eyes open, cripple walking etc.
The Truth About This Ministers’ Conference:
Truth about the men who inspire me in such meetings as WBS is they aren’t celebrity, no TV ratings, no razzmatazz, no noise but biblical proofs!
When you officially get your book used for nationwide distribution in China ,by using your faith, you get me off my seat ! An anti-Gospel nation…
When you witness millions saved in such country with hundred thousands involved in ministry, then you earn my respect.
More importantly, this was done without compromising bible doctrine, applying seeker sensitive techniques, strategies but by the Word and Spirit.
After sessions there at WBS, I go to my room to pray and study what I learnt.
That’s a ministers’ conference or school of ministry.
Not where you learn some “mysteries of church growth “or” connecting for relevance”
Hence when we decided to hold an open school of ministry, which I undertook last year, it was bible teaching and exhortation to stay on course and prayer.
No use of “apps” here.
The Word no more.
When you attend meetings meant for ministers of the gospel where such emphasis as I witnessed in 1994 is given you will catch the bug and compromise too.
“Sow-up to go up” “$91 dollar blessing”, you are in evil company.
Like Apostle Paul warned
1 Corinthians 15:33-34 KJV
 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
34] Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
The issue is knowledge:
1Timothy 6:3-5 KJV
 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4] He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5] Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Withdraw yourself! Stay away.
It means it could infect you.
So, when next you want to hold a ministers conference, follow Paul and the apostles, remember my Experience.
Hope this blessed you
Let me know.
About The Author:
Pastor Chris Segun Onayinka is a Nigerian Pastor and a profound teacher of the word of God who teaches explicitly, the gospel of Jesus Christ and the New Creation realities. A Nigerian lawyer by profession, He is the founder and senior Pastor of The Saints Community Church.