Minister in Training,
You are about to embark on a remarkable journey by obeying the call of God on your life. Your level of success is in direct proportion to how well you prepare for that call. The first century church exemplifies the importance of laying a strong doctrinal foundation. Acts 2:42 states “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ doctrine and in fellowship and in breaking of bread and prayers.”
It is vital to long effective ministry because you become grounded and established in the faith that will withstand the deception of false teaching. I Timothy 4:1 “that in the latter days some shall depart from THE FAITH, giving heed to seducing spirit, and doctrines of devils.” So therefore there is the need to “contend for THE FAITH once delivered to the saints.” Jude 3
When you understand the basic principles of leadership it ensures effective ministry. MIT places a greater importance on character rather than giftedness. Talent alone will build pride and independence but with godly character it will keep you from costly mistakes that will hinder your effectiveness.
Accountability and mentorship from seasoned ministers will maximize your development in leadership skills, gifts and abilities. We encourage every Pastor to be involved in overseeing the progress of the student under their care. The principle that is outlined in the Word of God in preparing leaders is still the best means today. There are so many examples from Moses training Joshua, Elijah mentoring Elisha; Paul teaching Timothy, Titus, and so many more.
May God’s hand and anointing cover your life as you submit to leadership development. I exhort you to “study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Tim. 2:15
Always remember, you have been called, anointed and appointed for the work of the ministry by the Lord Jesus Christ. Let the fire of his Spirit burn hot in you for the sake of souls.
Dr. Ronald Breese