Apostle Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write to his son, Timothy, to study to show thyself approved unto God.(2timothy2:15). This was even after Timothy has already started pastoring. Paul also provided quality training and retraining for the Ephesians elders (ministers) in Acts 20:17-36. Actually, that was the culmination of their three years trainings under the tutelage of the apostle.

Ministerial health demands that ministers of God must continually undergo three type of trainings in ministry.(a) Formal trainings in a bible school, (b) Informal trainings through seminars and specialized courses, and (c) Non-formal trainings through proper mentoring, discipleship, accountability and apprenticeship.

Lawyers, Medical doctors, Pilots, Engineers and every profession that has to do with human lives mandatorily must go through these three types of trainings one way or the other, else your license to practice will not be validated. Unfortunately, it is the ministers that handle eternal souls that doesn’t value continuos trainings. Churches, church leaders detest training. We preach against it, work against it and do everything to minimize quality training in modern churches and ministry. We believe the myth that once you are called and anointed, you have all the training you will ever need in ministry. Which is a big lie of the devil to destroy!

THE TRAGEDY OF MODERN MINISTRY

The greatest tragedy of modern ministry is the jettison of quality training for would be ministers. Today, Chruches provide shallow, fickle, secular and two weeks, one month training for gospel ministers and pronto, commission them into life-long ministry of taking care of souls of men!

Small wonder we have incompetent, ineffective, sinful, content-free and ungodly pastors here and there. We have apostles that has never had personal encounter with the Living Christ. We have evangelists that should first of all be evangelized before they are label as evangelists. We have prophets who are not different from herbalists and occultic merchants. We have teachers who have never been taught, thereby damning the souls of men with esoteric, false and devilish teachings and doctrines.

IMPERATIVES OF CONTINUOS TRAINING.

No minister can truly make impact in ministry without continuos training and retraining. Ministry is a marathon, therefore, you will need all the preparation you can get. Ministry means continuos ministration, speaking, counseling, shepherding and providing relevant solutions to people’s problems. As you continually gives to people, where do you get your refill? If you don’t step aside periodically to refill your tank, you will soon dry up and experience burnout in ministry. Which has happen to many and they have dabble into demonic,evil angelic and occultic sources to meet their people’s expectations.

  1. Ministerial health demands that you attend 4-5 days quality conference and seminar twice a year.
  1. You will need theological, Missional, ministerial, problem solving, crisis managing, relational and capacity training and retraining in ministry.
  1. Change and complexity of modern world demands that you constantly update your ministry training, if you hope to be relevant.
  1. If you are shallow, empty and deficient in scriptural and practical knowledge of ministry, you will not attract and keep good people.
  1. What bring people to church is miracles,power demonstrations, but what keeps people in church is proper knowledge, skill, competent leadership and administrations. Which you can only get by constant learning and trainings.

According to Hosea 4:6, when ministers reject knowledge of God through continuos trainings, God Himself says He will reject their works! Don’t let God destroy your ministry, wake up today to update your ministry training. If you are a senior pastor, start to institute training in your ministry. Nobody must become anything in your church without proper and continuos training for effectiveness.

By His grace, I went to five different bible schools in the space of ten years. I have two diplomas,two bachelors degrees in theology, two masters and two PhDs in christian education. I finished in 1996, yet majority of what am doing today we’re not learned during my bible school days. I have been opportune to write 60 best selling books to pastors and church leaders, yet am still going for trainings and retraining in my area of calling. You can’t do less if you want God to use you mightily and you want your work to last and outlive you.

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BOOKS BY BOLA AKIN-JOHN

  1. Fruitful and Fulfilling Ministry Today
  2. Grow the Pastor Grow the Church
  3. Sexual Purity in Leadership
  4. Money, Ministers and Ministry Today
  5. 22 Dynamic Laws of Church Growth
  6. 25 Pillars of Church Health
  7. Personal Growth Today
  8. The Loyal Associate
  9. Guest Ministers Today
  10. 120 Strategic Ways to Increase Church Attendance
  11. Quality and Quantity Growth in Churches
  12. Strategic Church Planting Today
  13. Spiritual Warfare for Dynamic Church Growth
  14. Supernatural Power, Miracles, Signs and Wonders Today
  15. Church Change
  16. The Place of Anointing and Administration in Church Growth
  17. Pulpit Power for Church Growth
  18. Daily Nourishment for Leaders
  19. Healthy Leaders Healthy Churches
  20. Anointing Alone is Not Enough
  21. 101 Ministry Lessons
  22. Healthy Home
  23. Small Middle-Size and Mega Churches
  24. How to follow well
  25. Strategic Living
  26. True success in ministry
  27. Rise and Fall of Churches / Ministries
  28. Closing the Back Door
  29. 25 Indispensable Qualities of a Competent and Credible Minister
  30. Church Growth Principles of Jesus
  31. Your Church Your Community
  32. Your Growth is Your Future
  33. Frank Talk to Men
  34. The Cell Church
  35. Our Churches and His Church
  36. How to Support & Strengthen your Pastor
  37. 101 ways to progressively kill a church
  38. The Real Man in Every Church
  39. Matured Pastor’s Wife & Female Minister
  40. Pray and Grow
  41. Short Course on Family Growth
  42. Short Course on Church Growth
  43. Short Course on Wholesome Sexuality
  44. Short Course on Financial Growth
  45. Short Course on Personal Growth
  46. Fundamental Teaching & Doctrines of the Bible
  47. With Jesus in the School of Money
  48. Holy Spirit the True Vicar of Life and Ministry
  49. Five Fold Ministry
  50. Prophet & Prophetic Ministry Today
  51. Leading your Church to Lasting Growth
  52. Your Image is Your Growth
  53. Conflict and Crisis in Ministry
  54. Thy Kingdom Come
  55. DiscipleShift Today
  56. Healthy Local Church
  57. Congregational and Cell Church Today
  58. Heart of a Christian
  59. Overseer and Senior Pastor Hand book 1
  60. Abusive Pastor Abusive Churches
  61. Church Turn-Around Strategies
  62. Pastor and People’s Price For Church Growth
  63. Fatherhood and Sonship
  64. Healthy Woman Minister
  65. Women In Church Growth Resource
  66. Kingdom Stewardship
  67. Overcome At The Gate
  68. Healthy Pastor, Dangerous Pastor
  69. Sexually Wholesome Church
  70. Healthy Pastors, Dangerous Pastor
  71. Impact-Driven Church
  72. Clergy Coupes
  73. Apostolic Ministry
  74. Evangelist Ministry
  75. Pastoral Ministry
  76. Prophetic Ministry
  77. Teaching Ministry
  78. Your Church Can Grow in a Healthy Way
  79. Real Men Resource
  80. Strong Christian, Strong Christian
  81. Planting Disciples-Making Church
  82. Front and back Door of Your Church
  83. Discipleship Process Recourse
  84. True Biblical Church Growth is still Possible
  85. Daily Nourishment 2
  86. Reaching and Disciplining Children and Youth in today’s Church
  87. Eschatology and Kingdom Teaching Resource
  88. I Can’t Breathe