WHY MOST FULL TIME ASSISTANT PASTORS LEAVE THE CHURCH AFTER THE DEMISE OF THE FOUNDING PASTOR

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WHY MOST FULL TIME ASSISTANT PASTORS LEAVE THE CHURCH AFTER THE DEMISE OF THE FOUNDING PASTOR:
95 PER CENT OF FULL TIME PASTORS DON’T STAY TO SERVE THE FOUNDERS WIFE, IF SHE IS MADE THE NEW GENERAL OVERSEER AFTER THE DEMISE OF THE FOUNDER:
I Have Noticed A Trend Among Full Time Assistant Pastors, Which Is, Most Of Them Don’t Get To Stay And Serve The Wife Of The General Overseer, If She Is Made The New General Overseer Of The Ministry.
I Also Noticed, Where This Is The Status Quo, The Ministry Doesn’t Really Prosper Beyond The Death Of The Founder.
Because Most Of The Assistant Pastors Who Leave Will Take From The Members Left To Go And Start Their Own Church.
And When This Happens, The Members Will Be Scattered Everywhere.
A Church In Lagos Was Numbering Over 17,000 Members After The Death Of The Founder.
The Wife Took Over, And Most Of The Assistant Pastors, Couldn’t Continue With The Ministry.
And One After The Other, They All Started Their Own Church In The Same Lagos.
Today That Church Is No longer Up To 2000 In Membership.
So There Must Be A Reason Why Most Of These Pastors Don’t Stay After The Death Of The Founder.
Don’t Forget: Loyalty To Your Senior Pastor, Should Not End After His Death.
We do everything to ensure a Smooth Transition and Succession, But Nobody is talking About the Role These Assistants have to Play.
Sometimes the success of Everything Lies in Their Cooperation.
Let Us Quickly Itemize 10 Reasons Why Most Of Those Pastors Get To Leave To Do Their Own Thing.

  1. SOME ASSISTANT PASTORS, ONLY BELIEVE IN THE FOUNDER; AND NOT IN THE FOUNDERS WIFE:
    They May Claim To Believe In Her, But Not From Their Heart.
    It Is Just MOUTH SERVICE And Not HEART SERVICE.
    Sometimes, When They Notice You Are Not In church, They Still Stay Away; Even When They Notice Mama Is On Ground.
    Church People, Are Very Funny Sets Of People.
    They Know Their Prophet.
  2. SOME FOUNDERS ACTUALLY WANT TO HAND OVER TO SOMEONE DIFFERENT, BASED ON THE CHURCH CONSTITUTION; BUT THE FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDER HIJACK THE PROCESS TO INSTALL THE WIFE:
    Where Constitution Is Not Followed, Expectations Will Also Not Be Followed.
    Always Respect The Constitution Of A Church, Even If You Think It Was A Mistake.
    For A Church To Get To Her Destination, It Must Have A Constitution That Is Beyond Human Influence.
  3. SOME CHURCH FOUNDERS MADE THE MISTAKE OF NOT CARRYING THEIR SPOUSE ALONG IN MINISTRY, SO IT BECOMES DIFFICULT FOR HER TO STEP IN:
    If You Have Not Given Her Power While You Were Alive, What Makes You Think She Will Manage Power After Your Demise?
    If You Did Not Carry Her Along, While You were Alive; What Makes You Think She Can Survive The Journey; After Your Death.
    If Your Desire Is To Hand Over To Your Wife, Teach Her Everything You Know.
    Both The TRUTH And The TRICK.
    The TRUTH, If That Is The Only Thing You Know.
    The TRICK If You Also Indulge in SECRET GAMES.
    But For How Long, Will You Play Games.
    Why Not Do It The Right Way?
    Some Pastors Wives Are Genuinely Born Again, They Can’t Even Step Into The Shoes Of A Prophet; That Arranges Things.
  4. SOME ASSISTANT PASTORS, CAN NEVER BE LOYAL TO THE WOMAN; SO INSTEAD OF STARTING A JOURNEY OF LOYALTY THAT THEY CANNOT KEEP; THEY PREFER TO GO:
    MINISTRY Is LOYALTY, And LOYALTY is a CHOICE You Make.
    Some Assistant Pastors, Can’t Be Loyal To The Pastors Wife; When The Man Is No More.
    Some Will Tell You That Their Loyalty Is To The Man; And Not To The Woman.
    That Loyalty, Was Completely Fake; From The Beginning.
    You Don’t Turn Against A Woman, Because Her Husband Is No More.
  5. SOME FOUNDERS WIVES, WILL FEEL INTIMIDATED BY SOME POWERFUL ASSISTANT PASTORS, AND AS SUCH; WILL DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO FRUSTRATE THEM OUT OF THE SYSTEM:
    Whether You Like It Or Not, In Every System; There Are Some Powerful Assistant Pastors.
    The Set Man, Gave Them So Much Power; That Even The Wife Of The General Overseer Is Afraid Of Them.
    For Such Men, It Will Take God, For Them To Stay Under A Woman That Was Under Their Control; While The Man Was Alive.
  6. SOME ASSISTANT PASTORS CANT FACE THE IDEA OF SUBMITTING TO A WOMAN:
    To Them, Jesus Wasn’t Married.
    There Was No Woman, Among The 12 Disciples Of Jesus.
    And The Names Of The Wives Of The 12 Was Not Even Mentioned; In The Bible.
    But They Forgot, We Have Prophetess In The Bible; Who God Also Used.
    There Is No Woman Holy Spirit, There Is Also No Man Holy Spirit.
    The Holy Spirit Can Use Any Vessel, That Is Yielded To Him.
  7. SOME CHURCHES, ONLY RECOGNIZE FAMILY SUCCESSION, FROM THE HUSBAND, TO THE WIFE, AND FROM THE WIFE TO THE SON:
    So Many Assistant Pastors, Want To Also Go And Sort out Their Own Family Future; Since It Is Now A Family Matter.
    But This Is Not Biblical.
    Moses Was Married, With Children; But God Told Him To Hand Over To Joshua.
    This Is The Type Of Church, That Will Be On Ground, Till Jesus Comes.
    Another Problem Here, Is That You Can Hand Over To A Leader; Who Believes In Selling Church And Go Into Business.
    If Your Constitution Allows Succession To Any Person Or Tribe, Ensure You Have A Policy, Establishing Everything; That Is Forbidden, After Your Demise.
    Otherwise, One Person Will Just Take Over And Give The Ministry A “Leg Over”
  8. IT WAS A ONE MAN SHOW, THE MAN WHO ALONE CAN PROPHESY HAS DIED, THE MAN WHO ALONE CAN PERFORM MIRACLES HAS ALSO DIED; SO IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE HANGING AROUND A MANTLE YOU CANT REPRODUCE:
    Of A Truth, At This Point, It Doesn’t Make Any Sense Staying In A System, That The Very Thing That Sustains It, Can Only Be Done By One Man.
    Dear Founder, Never Be The Only One That Can Do Certain Things; In That Church.
    Impact The Pastors, Around You.
    For The Purpose Of Continuity.
    Avoid Anything Fake.
    Nobody, Will Continue With Your Fakeness; When You Are Dead.
  9. TRUTH BE TOLD, SOME PASTORS WIVES, DON’T HAVE THE CAPACITY AND CHARISMA TO STEP INTO THEIR HUSBAND’S SHOES
    MINISTRY Is Not POSITIONAL, MINISTRY is CAPACITY to LEAD; and CHARISMA to PERFORM.
    I May Be Wrong, bit Among The 8 Biggest Churches In Nigeria Today, In My Own View, Only One Of The Leaders, I Think Has A Wife Who Can Confidently Step Into Her Husband’s Shoe.
    She May Also Have The Problem, Of Making Some Of The Difficult Decisions; That Her Husband; Will Sometimes Make In Managing Pastors.
    If You Are Not Hard, Ministry Will Be Hard On You.
    There Is A Level A Ministry Will Grow To, It Becomes Too Difficult For It To Remain A Husband And Wife Affair.
    At That Point, It Has Become An Institution.
  10. SOME ASSISTANT PASTORS, SEE THAT THERE IS NO CLEAR CUT STRUCTURE ON HOW IT SHOULD BE RUN, SO THEY WALK AWAY; BEFORE IT BECOMES TOO LATE:
    Structure Will Outlive Everyone.
    Structure Will Be There, When You And Your Wife Are No longer There.
    If You Check The Annals Of Church History, You Will Discover That In Some Cases; The Husband And Wife Died The Same Day.
    Sometimes, The Wife Even Died Before Her Husband.
    We Have Even Seen Cases, Where Sons Even Died Before Their Father.
    We Have Also Seen Cases Where The Ministry, Even Died While The Founder And His Wife Are Still Alive.
    So What Will They Now HandOver?
    A Church Building That Is Now Used As A Brothel?
    Finally, Finally, This Whole Thing About CHURCH SYSTEM, STRUCTURE And HANDING OVER, Has Nothing To Do With A MINISTRY That Is PRACTICALLY DEAD While The FOUNDER Is Still ALIVE.

As we think SYSTEMS, STRUCTURES and STRATEGIES, let us not forget the SPIRIT that MAKES EVERYTHING; to WORK.

The Brothers Of David Had The STRUCTURE To Be Anointed, But Only DAVID Had The SPIRIT That Could Be ANOINTED.

So It Will Forever Be A Combination Of SPIRIT And STRUCTURE.

Thanks For Reading.
Irabor Wisdom
Presiding Bishop Answers’ Assembly Warri, Delta State Nigeria.

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