The Church Busi­ness,

Par t 2 of 6.

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PART 2 OF 6 Se­cret # 1: Ac­quire Spir­i­tual Knowl­edge, Ac­quire Busi­ness Knowl­edge.

In the olden days Lord God would just pick up some­one from the streets and send him to be a prophet to teach the word of Lord God. This prac­tice still hap­pens even to­day, and is likely to hap­pen even for many years to come. This is be­cause Lord God de­cides how to do what­ever Lord God has de­cided to do be­cause the uni­verse be­longs to him. Nev­er­the­less it must be ap­pre­ci­ated that times have changed dra­mat­i­cally from the times that Lord God in­structed Moses ( for ex­am­ple) to lib­er­ate the Is­raelites from the bondage of Pharaohs. The world in its ma­te­rial sense is not the same. This change it­self is per­mit­ted by Lord God him­self.

While one may be driven by the Holy Spirit to teach and spread the word of Lord God, it is how­ever im­por­tant that one must ‘ top- up’ the spir­i­tual force with some aca­demic knowl­edge . It is not co­in­ci­dence of his­tory that most of the churches that are run purely based on the spir­i­tual force that is not backed by some aca­demic knowl­edge are the poor­est and least de­vel­oped. There are nu­mer­ous av­enues that one can make use of to ac­quire this spir­i­tual knowl­edge.

CON­TIN­UED FROM FE­BRU­ARY 2018 IS­SUE

Some of them in­clude, but are not lim­ited to the fol­low­ing;

Get a Spir­i­tual Men­tor/Guide; There are sev­eral people or ex­perts who had been long in the busi­ness of the church. Oth­ers have stud­ied at world­class uni­ver­si­ties to boost their knowl­edge of the Holy Bi­ble. Th­ese ex­perts are gen­er­ally will­ing to as­sist to men­tor those who re­quest their ser­vices.

At­tend Con­fer­ences; At the con­fer­ence you stand a chance to ac­quire a lot of valu­able in­for­ma­tion that has been pack­aged by ex­perts. This also gives you an op­por­tu­nity to mix with people who have the same in­ter­ests and mind with your­self, that is net­work­ing. With net­work­ing the sky be­comes a limit.

Read Mag­a­zines; Mag­a­zines are also writ­ten, gen­er­ally, by ex­perts in var­i­ous fields. A lot of in­for­ma­tion is con­sol­i­dated in one mag­a­zine which in­for­ma­tion can be very use­ful for your cause.

Get books from the city li­brary; Ev­ery city/town/vil­lage in South Africa has a city li­brary that lends out books to the pub­lic for five days per week.

There are nu­mer­ous other op­tions that one can ex­plore to help him to ‘ boost’ one’s spir­i­tual knowl­edge. Ad­van­tages;

One of the most im­por­tant ad­van­tages of get­ting im­proved knowl­edge on spir­i­tu­al­ity is that it af­fords you an op­por­tu­nity to give a cor­rect in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the scrip­tures. Mak­ing use of cor­rect in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the scrip­tures has a heal­ing ef­fect to the con­gre­ga­tion. The more the con­gre­gants be­lieve that the ser­mons have a heal­ing ef­fect on them, the more they are likely to in­vite more guests to come by to also get the much needed spir­i­tual heal­ing.

An­other re­lated ad­van­tage is that the ser­mons be­come well co­or­di­nated, and well struc­tured which im­proves the im­pact and the strength of the mes­sage that is be­ing sent across. A ser­mon that is un­co­or­di­nated and un­struc­tured is of less in­ter­est to any guest.

The scrip­tures have a cer­tain con­text. Ser­mons must be de­liv­ered and ap­plied to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tions that af­fect the con­gre­gants on a daily ba­sis. Preach­ing out of con­text is a waste of ev­ery­one’s time and is a turn off to the con­gre­ga­tion . Ev­ery ser­mon that is de­liv­ered has to ‘ heal’ one or more con­gre­gants as op­posed to preach­ing for the sake of preach­ing to run the time. Ac­quire Busi­ness Knowl­edge;

Ro­man Catholic Church, among other multi­na­tional churches has more than 1 bil­lion mem­bers world­wide. Of course it has been in ex­is­tence for sev­eral cen­turies. The main fac­tor to note is that this gi­gan­tic church is run like a busi­ness. If you as­pire to run a multi­bil­lion rand church in South Africa, and any­where for that mat­ter, then you must in­vest in ac­quir­ing busi­ness knowl­edge. There are sev­eral busi­ness skills that you ought to have. Some in­clude, but are not lim­ited to in­ter-alia; Busi­ness Man­age­ment. Mar­ket­ing.

Com­puter Lit­er­acy.

Fi­nance & Ac­count­ing; and many more.

The same meth­ods that are cited in the pre­ced­ing para­graphs on what you must do to ac­quire knowl­edge equally ap­ply in busi­ness knowl­edge. As a leader of a church you may not nec­es­sar­ily be a busi­ness ex­pert as such, how­ever it is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary and essen­tial that you must have a solid busi­ness back­ground which will help you to di­rect the ac­tiv­i­ties with in­sight and vi­sion.

In our next ses­sion we will con­tinue to dis­cuss other im­por­tant top­ics like the model/struc­ture that one could adopt, and many more.

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