2016 ICOC Nigeria Administrator’s Training Featured

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 10:26
And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, and those with gifts of healing, helping, administration, and various tongues. - 1 Corinthians 12:28 (NIV)

adminOn October 16, at least 30 church administrators from all across the Nigerian churches participated in a one-day training in Lagos aimed at building spiritual character and integrity. The event started  with a communion service led by the lead evangelist, Chris Ogbonnaya. He welcomed the administrators and praised their hard work and resourcefulness in administering God’s church. From the scriptures (Romans 12:3-8), he encouraged them to continue to use their gifts to edify the body of Christ with humility. He also called their attention to be careful of being prideful about being talented and gifted as it’s all about the grace of God.

The main speaker at the event was Paul Ramsey, Executive Director of Africa Missions Associations and also the Financial Administrator of the Columbia Church of Christ, USA.

Citing from Matthew 28, he opened our minds to understand that *nations* as mentioned in the passage relatively means *peoples group* and not necessarily a country. The goal is beyond nations.

Using the biblical characters of Joseph (Genesis 39:1-6) and Daniel (Daniel 6) as examples, he challenged the administrators to emulate the examples of these men as an administrator. Joseph and Daniel were perfect examples on how God rewards integrity in administration, despite the challenges they both faced. They both did their jobs excellently, but were mistreated by people. Ramsey encouraged the administrators that their motivation should not be to please people, but God and also said that a church’s success or failure hinges on properly administering the finances and organizational aspects of ministry.

Everything Joseph touched in Egypt turned to ‘gold’ because God was in the picture, God’s hands was on him. As a slave, he could have compromised with Potiphar’s wife but he mostly based his judgement on the fear of God. The most important tool as an administrator of the church is to be a person of character and integrity, a person above reproach. Righteousness, integrity, positive character and spiritual maturity should describe a spiritual church administrator.

He revealed that Daniel had special gifts as he served under five different kings and distinguished himself among other administrators by his exceptional qualities. Even his enemies could find no corruption in him because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent (Daniel 6:1-5).

Ramsey pointed out that both Joseph and Daniel had one special gift, the ability to interpret dreams and besides being a person of character and integrity, an administrator should also be a dream interpreter. Their roles and responsibilities is to help the dreamers (church leaders) to interpret their dreams by providing the resources and advice. Sometimes those dreams may not be visible or doable but the administrator should strive to make the dream doable. An administrator should help make dreams achievable.Administration in the 21st century church is critical for running an effective ministry. The role of an administrator in today's church is important, whether it's on a volunteer, part-time or full-time basis. The church administrator's job is a tremendous task, and it should be taken on by someone who is willing to make sacrifices, of sound spiritual character and a person of integrity.

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