THESE GROUPS OF PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE A BAD STORY TO TELL YOU ABOUT THEIR FORMER CHURCH AND FORMER PASTOR:
BUT WAIT UNTIL THEY LEAVE THEIR CURRENT CHURCH ALSO:
YOU WILL BE SHOCKED WITH THE KIND OF STORIES YOU WILL HEAR ABOUT THAT CHURCH:
SOME VERY IMPORTANT PERSONALITIES WE WELCOME AS FIRST TIMERS ARE NOTHING BUT VERY IMPORTANT PRINCIPALITIES:
THEY JUST FINISH FIGHTING ONE PASTOR AND ANOTHER INNOCENT PASTOR THEY WILL LATER FIGHT IS WELCOMING THEM AS A VERY IMPORTANT PERSONALITY:
A Lady left a Church and told her new Pastor that her former Pastor does not preach the Word; it is only Prayers and Deliverance they do in every Service.
The new Pastor that should have counselled her to know that some Churches that are known for Deliverance, does not mean they don’t Preach the Word; he never did that, instead, he joyfully welcomed her and celebrated her.
Not too long, she left that same Church and returned back to her former Church. When she was asked why she left, she said she can’t stay in a Church where the wife of the Pastor controls everything and everyone, as if she is the holy spirit that rules the Church.
As you can see, these people that move from Church to Church need help.
Instead of us to help them by praying for them to find rest from a vagabond lifestyle, we are engaging in a fight that is uncalled for.
NOW, EIGHT WAYS TO MANAGE THOSE WHO LEFT YOU:
1 . LET THEM GO:
If they were meant to be with you, they won’t leave you. Have you not read from God’s Word, that they left because they were not supposed to be with us, and if they were supposed to be with us, they wouldn’t have left in the first place.
It is that simple. Please read 1st John 2 verse 19.
They can’t go and want to relate with you in the same way it use to be.
This is where all the trouble come from. They have moved on, but still want the same level of relationship they use to have with you.
2 . ACCEPT YOU CAN NO LONGER BE THEIR SHEPHERD:
You are no longer their Shepherd, and their new Shepherd also may not want you to play the role of a Shepherd to them.
Some of them don’t know this. If they know that their new Shepherd will frown at you pastoring them from behind, they will direct their anger to him and not to you.
I went to the Hospital on the invitation of a sick person who believe in me, that I once pastored.
On getting there, I met his current Pastor and his Members also in the Hospital, and all he said to my hearing is that “I am looking for a Member to win to my Church”
From that day, I have learnt never to assume the role of a Shepherd to a Sheep not in my Sheepfold, or has left my Sheepfold.
If you are good enough to be their Shepherd, they should have remained under your Spiritual Care.
3 . DON’T USE THEM TO PREACH, BECAUSE THEY STILL HAVE PEOPLE WITH YOU THAT ARE NOT FOR YOU, FROM WHERE THEY GET THEIR FEEDBACK FROM:
It may be very painful they left, but let them go, behave as though they don’t exist anymore.
To be using them to Preach, means you are either injured by their exit and you have not yet been healed.
It could also mean you don’t value your Altar.
The Altar is to Spread the Gospel and NOT to Spread Gossip.
They don’t deserve your time on the Altar.
4 . RELATE WITH THOSE WHO LEFT VERY WELL, WHO STILL DESIRE TO RELATE WITH YOU, BUT NEVER ASSUME THE ROLE OF A SHEPHERD:
Some people left as the only option they have, and they still believe in you and in the Church; they have never done anything against you and the against Church since they left; If they are open for relationship, still relate with them. Some got married and left, some relocated from the neighbourhood, some felt God told them to leave.
As long as you don’t spoil my name and the name of the Church, I will relate with you.
But to speak against me and the Church that once blessed you, you have made yourself the enemy of the Church and Heaven.
5 . WISH THEM WELL, MOST ESPECIALLY THE PASTORS AMONG THEM:
Why this is so important, is because if they fail, they will always see you as their problem. They will have nothing to do with their lives, other than to make your own life their business.
So wish them well, let it be well with them, some may remember you and come to bless you for all your efforts in their lives, some of them will never returned to honour you.
But all the same, wish them well.
To avoid stories like “anyone who leave him don’t do well in life”
6 . IF THEY COME AROUND DURING SPECIAL SERVICE, YOUR MEMBERS SHOULD BE MATURED ENOUGH TO CELEBRATE THEM AND RECEIVE THEM WELL:
Some people actually discover they made a mistake leaving, but they want to be sure they will not be mocked if they returned back home.
During our Anniversary Service this Year, I saw most my Daughters and Sons who left the Church, in attendance.
As we were dancing to Altar with our Thanksgiving Offerings, I ensured I hugged virtually all of them.
During the Love Feast after Thanksgiving, I ensured they were well served.
It is not easy to leave and return.
A Lady left us back to my former Church, that we pray too much and don’t teach every time. Today, she is a Church Worker in MFM. ( Me that is a new testament Rabbi)
Another one left us that we are always closing late, and returned back to my former Church also. Today she is a full member of White Garment Church. She wears her garment openly on the Streets of Warri. As you can see, they still went elsewhere, may be, for fear of how they will be treated.
When they start missing you, they look for something close to the same operation they complained about.
7 . FOCUS ON IMPROVING THE LIVES OF YOUR MEMBERS, FOR THAT IS YOUR GREATEST ASSET AND DEFENCE:
A Woman told a Lady “are you still going to that Church?, I have told you to stop, because Irabor is no longer having the Grace of his former Church since he left there, come to our Church and God will Bless you the way He is Blessing us there”.
The Lady looked at her and said “between me and you, who should use Church to convince the other person to leave her Church? Is there anything you have that I don’t have? But I can count the things I have that you don’t have. So if you want to invite me to Church, don’t use material things to convince me, because I have them more than you, and when I followed this Man you said I should leave, there was nothing I have now that was there before. The Grace of God on him, gave them to me”.
A Member that is doing well under your Ministry cannot be confused by the Enemy of the Ministry.
8 . THOSE WHO LEFT AND OPENLY OR SECRETLY FIGHT YOU, THE CHURCH AND THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH, HAVE MADE THEMSELVES THE ENEMIES OF THE CHURCH, HENCE THEY SHOULD BE TREATED AS THE ENEMIES OF GOD:
This group of people have vowed to see the Church close. They can cook any lie against your person; they can go to any length to fight you and your Members.
All they want to hear is that you are dead or something evil befalls you and your Members.
You have to use them to prove that you are Called by God.
Unleash the totality of your Apostolic and Prophetic arrows on them. Hand them over to the devil, until they learn how not to fight God and his Church.
These people can’t repent, they have sworn to an oath to see you go down. Anything you can do to survive them, go and do it, they are the last enemy to your success in Life and Ministry.
If you fail, they will say, we said it;
if you succeed, they will say you are fetish.
It is better to be seen as fetish than to fail and prove your enemies right. Every one genuinely Called by God must have this group to contend with.
Be very vigilant with them; they can even go physical, if they know you can match them spirit for spirit.
God will deliver every GENUINE Pastor from devils that operate as human beings.
Presiding Bishop Answers Assembly Warri Delta State Nigeria.