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WE ARE NOT JUST SERVANTS OF GOD, WE ARE SERVANTS OF THE CHURCH – Bishop Oyedepo

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SUCCESSION IS NOT GENETICAL
ALL THIS “HANDOVER TO YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER” IS NOT MINISTRY!!!

THE BIG PROBLEM IS MANY CHARISMATIC MINISTRIES WON’T SEE THE NEXT GENERATION EXCEPT THERE IS A CHANGE.

IT IS NOT CHIEFTAINCY TITLE IN YOUR VILLAGE. IT IS A PROCESS IN THE SPIRIT.

IF GOD PICKS YOUR SON, IT SHOULD STILL BE SUBJECT TO VETTING OF THE BODY RESPONSIBLE.
DEFINE THE PROCESS OF SUCCESSION, BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO LEAVE HERE SOMEDAY.

IF YOU GO BY WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING NOW, THE NEXT LEADER WILL ALSO PUT HIS SON THERE THAT MAY NOT EVEN BE BORN AGAIN. …THAT IS THE END OF THE MINISTRY.

HE MAY EVEN SELL THE CHURCH BUILDING AND SAY, “MINISTRY FOLDED. COME AND COLLECT; ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO BUY!”

I FEAR THAT SOME CHURCH BUILDINGS TODAY MAY BECOME ENTERTAINMENT CENTRES TOMORROW.

LET’S GO BACK AND INSTALL ORDER. THESE WERE THE THINGS BURNING IN MY HEART WHILE PREPARING FOR THIS MEETING.

DON’T BE CARRIED AWAY BY THE EUPHORIA OF TODAY. ASK YOURSELF ABOUT TOMORROW.

YOU BETTER KNOW THAT YOU ARE CALLED TO SERVE THE CHURCH, THE CHURCH IS NOT CALLED TO SERVE YOU.

WE ARE NOT JUST SERVANTS OF GOD, WE ARE SERVANTS OF THE CHURCH.

And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the DECREES for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.

And so were the churches ESTABLISHED in the faith, and INCREASED in number daily.

Acts 16:4-5

-Bishop David Oyedepo
Afternoon Session, Day Two
Church Growth Conference, 2022

We don’t have problem here attending to people at Covenant (University), the law is there: they call it Student Handbook. When you break it, you know yourself, there is no point saying, “excuse me, what is the matter?”
The matter is there.
Whether you are now son of a President, of a Prime Minister, it doesn’t matter here. The Prime Minister doesn’t own the School, the Prime Minister doesn’t own the School; the School has its own laws
So you don’t see anybody. They just show you your problem online, no discussion. Order guarantees peace.

You are not running around, because you will just be doing things depending on the person and their looks.
But when order is there, it is there.
Do you pay people salaries because of their needs? You pay them what they are due. Your need is irrelevant. You need 50,000 Naira and your salary is 30,000 Naira, that is what you get.
What you need has nothing to do with it.
That your wife gave birth to 3 children at a time, it doesn’t change it. You say, “you planned for only 1 baby cot”; now go and buy the remaining two or expand the one you bought to take the 3 of them.
That is how peaceful order can be.
The pastor can now give anybody any amount whether you want to do burial for your old people or something: he can, it is not obligatory, if he has the capacity and you are such of value to him; he can do that.
Not that they will now take from Church money, “because you have 3 children at a time.”
They say, “who has the children?”
You say: You
Response: It is your responsibility, carry on with it.
Let’s be willing to be accountable. If we are not, the next leader will not be accountable.

The one following him will be worse and then small by small, the Church starts dying.
Let’s hold ourselves accountable. We are not just servants of God, we are servants of the Church. You better know that you are called to serve the Church, the Church is not called to serve you.
You must be accountable, you are not an all-rounder. You are not an accountant, you are not a lawyer. By the time you want to be accountant, lawyer, do everything, you will just confuse yourself
for nothing.
I have never been once where they negotiate for land in life. To say, “how much do you want to sell your land?”
Response: 2 Naira
“What of 1 Naira?”
The time to be canvassing for land is not there.
Let’s set order and we’ll have rest. God command you so, don’t say it is Jethro, God told me to tell you that you will die for nothing if you don’t do it.

Don’t set order that you will not subscribe to. Nobody else will. Don’t set order that you are not willing to subscribe to, nobody else will.
Don’t set any order that you are not prepared to subscribe to, nobody else will.
When order is set, the document should be made open. Don’t keep it, it won’t fly. Let the people have it. It is not a cult. What if we don’t have all those ones I was referring to, we can’t read it.
Let them have it. There is no perfect system. Let members see it that this is what happens; let operators have it. We put our own in the bookshop, it is not a secret thing. It is ogboni thing that they put somewhere else.
Jesus is open.

Now, big one: Let the order define the process of succession, because you are going to leave here someday. Or you won’t leave? Even if you are Methuselah, you will leave some day.
Define the process of succession.

You know Joshua was not a biological son of Moses and the sons of Moses never caused any problem, they were very holy sons, but they were not the ones chosen by God. Define the process. This thing is not genetical. Let the process be well understood. Life is so simple.
Define the age limit, because you need energy to drive particularly all the big, big ministries that are arising. You need the energy to drive. Energy to drive. Don’t get an eighty-year old person to
come and drive a trailer: No, he will sleep off.
Define the terms of eligibility, so there won’t be anything you are running around for. Who and who are eligible? What must they possess for their eligibility? What is the process for the ultimate emergence?
Define it, it is so simple. Not when you are about to die, “Hehn, Baba, who is taking over?”
Response: There was one Jeremiah!
They say: He has left, he is in heaven.
Response: What of Jacques?
You are doing ‘kalo kalo’ (gambling) with people? No.
Moses went to the mountain, set a man over this congregation O Lord.
You can toy with small things like that, but not where you are going.
You define them in concrete terms Sir. You read it through and through and then you vet it.
Here is the big problem: Many, many Charismatic ministries won’t see the next generation; won’t see the next generation except there is a change.
All this, “hand over to your son, hand over to your daughter”; it is not ministry.

It is not. It is not ministry. No prayer, no nothing, only between you and your son.
Define the process.
If God picks that son, he may not be the first, he may not be the second, he may be the third or the fourth, but it is not a family inheritance.

It is not chieftaincy title in your village. It is a process in the Spirit. If the man gets it, it will still be subject to vetting of the body responsible.
Hello, you are quiet now!
That is how to secure the coming generation. You don’t do that, you won’t have it.

Now, if you go by that thing that people are doing now, the next leader will also put his son there that may not even be born again. That is the end of the ministry.
That may even sell the Church building and say, “ministry folded. Come and collect; anybody who wants to buy!”
That is why order must be set Sir.
I fear that some Church buildings today may become entertainment centres tomorrow.

I fear.
If there is nobody to check you Sir, you may check yourself out of ministry before you know it. This, my wife has never signed a cheque of this ministry, in her life. It is not in her department.
Do you know anything that the Church has? How will you know it? Even me, I don’t know it.
Order!
You work with me for 10 years, I may not know where you came from because I don’t have to ask. Where you come from is not what we employed you, your function.
Somebody spoke to me one day, “excuse me, what state is he from?”
He said: Sir, you don’t know.
I said: I don’t and he had worked with me for 15 years.
Let’s be spiritual. The only way to secure a spiritual system is to approach it spiritually!
I know ministries today around the world that don’t have any associate Pastor. So if they are indisposed, the Church is empty. They are scared to have an associate and they are not 10-year old Churches, not 15-year old Churches. I know one that is more than 40 years that has no associate. Are they growing? There is no way to grow like that!

One of the greatest prophets that ever walked the earth, who even said, “the Lord will send a Prophet to you, like unto me”; he was the saviour of the Old Testament: the man Moses.
After he left, then he knew the place of order – Exodus 18
God said to him one time, “you can’t bear this thing alone. Get 70 elders on standby.” He got 70 elders, then he got 2 top among them: Aaron and Hur. It is a structure.
Then he had his army of young men, that can do the running.
Then he will lift his hand up, on top of the mountain and they will do the fighting on the ground – Exodus 17:10-13
It is all order. God was the one that set the other order. He sent Jethro to set the first one. Now, God came to him in Numbers chapter 11, “you will die like this, you can’t bear this alone and
God told him what to do, to share the weight.”
Let’s go back and install order! The future will never be brighter than you set it. Let’s go back and install order.

These were the things burning in my heart while preparing for this meeting.
We need to speak to ourselves on the place of order, so you don’t go with the euphoria of the day, “somebody got healed, somebody saved, the dead raised to life”: that is okay, what of tomorrow?

God’s heart is clear – Ecclesiastes 3:14
It is ordained to be forever, so let’s partner with Him, to make it endure forever.
Take responsibility, so it can be forever. Set appropriate order. “Stand before me, receive appropriate instructions, get corrections and then move on.”
If you fail to do that, if I fail to do that at this point, when we are still on: it is lost.
-Your own will not be lost in the name of Jesus Christ.

Even though we did quite some study here and there, you won’t find anything copied in our structure. It is germane to us, it is ours, we know the system, so we put in place a system to run the structure: customized, no guess work.

What is the process for award of contracts for instance? You don’t fix it, it won’t be fixed. So you will just sit down there tomorrow and just be doing anything he wants. He can even be the contractor,
the pastor, the pastor can be the contractor and award it to himself and give it to someone to run.
All those minor, minor details are so essential, if they must continue after us. We must know how to structure, if it must continue after us.
Say with me, “order is God’s idea, setting is my responsibility. I am set to take responsibility, as I stand before Him to receive instructions and guidance and work with my team to produce the documents.”

There must also be terms of removal of any leader.
What is it that disqualifies a man to continue his tenure?
And terms of withdrawal of any leader who chooses to in the course of his tenure! They should be just laid up.
You can’t say, “you cannot withdraw.” He can.
What if he has some health challenges? He can and should be allowed.
So what are the terms that guide removal of a leader and the process of withdrawal of service of any leader? You see it ahead and package the process. I mean, simulate the process if you want to.
Test it on the scales of wisdom.
We are addressing ‘Building towards the coming generation’, so we better open it up.
I did some fast forwarding some years back. If Jesus said, “I come quickly” 2000 years ago, He hasn’t come yet, because a thousand years is like one day before the Lord – 2 Peter 3:8, Revelation 22:20
“Jesus, you have not come yet.”
Response: I told you that a thousand years is like one day. I am just 2 days away. So don’t hurry up. I am just 2 days away, I left 2000 years ago. 1000 years – 1 day.
Just 2 days ago, I left.
Now, if He doesn’t come a hundred years from now, I ask myself sincere questions, what will this Church look like or what will I want it to look like?
If He now stays a bit longer to 500 years, what will this Church look like? How do we ensure the fire is still burning?
If He now says, “I told you I left 2 days ago” and it is now 2000 years more, will this Church still be there?
Not that they will say, “there used to be a Church sometime!” No. Those are the things that you just project.
What do you want to see after you, your generation, the next one, the third one is gone to heaven? What will this Church look like? That is what informs the order we are talking about.
How many want to see this work endure till Christ comes? That is why we are doing what we are doing.
I got into a building in Toronto years ago, it was built 200 years before. The doors were still intact. It is not later that they determined that, they determined that from the foundation.

I want you to pray this prayer: Lord, whatever you choose to come, what is required to make this Church still burning, show it to me. If You are there for 2000 years to come, what will keep this
Church alive and still remain a point of reference in terms of the move of God, Lord show it to me. And open up: He has surrounded you with people.
You say, “some are wrong.” But some are right and in most cases there are more than rights than there are wrongs, so what is your problem?
Whether you talk about succession or not, it is coming. You think it won’t come, you are here, max, 120 and at that 120, you are not running around. You are seated on the mountain, where they
even help your hand to be up, your hand cannot be up on its own.
Some are so scared of succession, but it will happen. But you have to make it happen well, not create crisis for the coming generation: honourably so.
-We will laugh at the end. Every one of us will laugh at the end.

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