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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Here are 20 lessons I’ve learned over the past 20 years. 

1. God’s Word Is Sufficient to Build Christ’s Church: On my first Sunday as senior pastor, I sat alone in the sanctuary wondering if the doors would be open in a year. I realized all my cleverness and worldly wisdom couldn’t stop the decline. But I knew God, by his Spirit and through his Word, was sufficient to build and revitalize his church. Over a decade later, I’ve watched him do this very thing.

2. The Gospel Is Powerful Enough to Change Lives: Programs, gimmicks, and personalities don’t change people’s hearts. Nor do they invigorate churches that have been in decline for over 30 years. For the last two decades, I’ve watched the gospel free people from the bondage of sin and give hope to the hopeless. I’ve watched it unite old and young, black and white, rich and poor. The good news has brought our church back to life. Indeed, it is powerful enough to change lives and revitalize any local church.
20 Lessons in 20 Years of Pastoral Ministry.

3. An Effective Pastor Is One Who Feels Deeply: Many churches have bought into the phony idea that strong biblical masculinity is stoic, unemotional, and unwavering. The Bible, however, paints a different picture. True masculine strength feels deeply, loves passionately, and sacrifices willingly. Feeling deep emotion causes our heads to descend into our hearts. This allows us to empathize with hurting people. An effective pastor is one who owns his weakness, is secure enough in Christ to be vulnerable, and who suffers with others.

4. Hang Onto Your Family:
I was once told, “You can always have another ministry. You only get one wife.” This is absolutely true. Children also grow up fast and need their dad. Make sure you balance ministry and family life in such a way that your wife and children always come first, even in the grind of ministry. I’ve learned to take all my vacation time and not to answer the phone during dinner, devotions, and my day off. Remember, if you lose your family, you may lose the right to serve in ministry at all (1 Tim. 3:4–5).

5. Don’t Underestimate the Value of Older Members: Because it’s hard for older members in a dying and declining church to accept a young pastor and a new direction, it’s easy to see them as obstacles. I know this because I did. Yet the longer I served at our church, the better both I and the longtime members have learned to love and work with each other. In the early years, I thought I was the patient one. As time went on, though, I realized just how patient they were with me as a young and growing pastor. 


6. Pursue Being Wanted, Not Needed: For my first several years as senior pastor I heard I’d probably be our church’s last senior pastor. When I went on sabbatical a couple of years ago, I sincerely hoped to come back and see how unneeded I’d become. Sure enough, expendability is exactly what I experienced when I returned—and it had never felt so good.

Yet I now feel more wanted than ever. This should be our goal of pastors. We need to build up good leadership so our church doesn’t depend on one person, while being fruitful enough in ministry that the church still wants us. Not the best formula for job security, but a wonderful plan for a healthy church.
20 Lessons in 20 Years of Pastoral Ministry.

7. Don’t Neglect Your Soul: Paul told the Ephesian elders to pay careful attention to themselves and to all their flock (Acts 20:28). Pastors know to pay attention to their flock, but often forget to pay attention to themselves. Over the past 20 years, I can always trace the times I’ve not been at my best back to a neglect of my own soul.

Pastors, do what you must to care for your own soul. Don’t neglect it. If you’re not refreshed daily by the Lord’s grace and Spirit’s strength, you won’t be in the right place to minister his grace to others.
8. Faithfulness Is Worth the Harshest of Criticisms: Hard decisions have been made in every church I’ve served. Members have been disciplined. Men who just completed seminary have been counseled not to pursue vocational ministry. Attenders have been denied membership. Members have been removed due to their neglect. Countercultural decisions to defend the gospel in the community have been mocked. I’ve endured many harsh words because of my decisions to obey Scripture. My name has been so slandered that people recongized me in stores or coffee shops only because of the painful and public words said about me. But I can endure even the harshest words because I trust Christ will count me faithful, even despite my sin, when I stand before him.

20 Lessons in 20 Years of Pastoral Ministry.
9. Authentic Brokenness Is Better than Unique Giftedness:
So many envy the gifts of others. Pastors are no different. We tend to think we need the mind of D. A. Carson, the preaching passion of John Piper, and the charisma of Matt Chandler. We think we won’t serve our churches well without these things. But I’ve learned that a pastor who authentically owns his brokenness, weakness, and neediness for Jesus before his congregation is valuable and serves the church faithfully. Showing your church how to walk humbly with Jesus is worth more than even the most exceptional ministry gifts.

10. Training Men for Pastoral Ministry Is an Unspeakable Joy:
Other than conversions, one of my greatest joys in the last 20 years has been training men for pastoral ministry, sending them out, and then watching them flourish in their new ministry. Though it’s hard to send out some of your best and most gifted, it is worth it and is a great personal joy.

11. The Burden to Care for Souls Is Too Great for One Person: Most of the churches I’ve served have had a one-pastor model. Caring for souls was overwhelming. I saw it in others and felt it myself when I became a senior pastor. This is why the New Testament clearly teaches that the care of souls in the local church requires a plurality of pastors/elders to share the load, not just one man.

Moving to a plurality of pastors was maybe the most significant decision I’ve made in the last 12 years at our church.

12. Pastors Will Give an Account for Every Soul Under Their Care:
Pastors often forget they’ll give an account to the Lord Christ not only for those who love and support them, but also for those who don’t. When I struggled to love difficult people (which was often), the piercing words of Hebrews 13:17 kept me from shirking my responsibility before the chief shepherd.

13. The Most Crucial Pastoral Quality Might Be Patience: Pastors require many godly qualities, but patience may be the most important because of how it affects other qualities. Patience helps prevent pastors from overreacting. It helps them make decisions and evaluate their church with a long-term perspective and plan in view. We grow in discernment and wisdom when we’re patient, but these qualities are typically absent when we ramrod our agendas through.

14. Be Content-Driven with Music: I’ve experienced a very revealing change in ministry environments over the years. At one point, I was on staff at a church using all the latest technology: theatrical lighting, enormous projection screens, and lots of “wow.” I then left for a church that sang out of a hymnal.
20 Lessons in 20 Years of Pastoral Ministry.

I learned two valuable lessons from this radical transition: (1) style divides and (2) life-giving truth unites. Content should always drive our public gatherings. No matter the style and feel of your weekly services, make sure people leave talking about the wonderful truths they sang, not how well the music was played.

15. Learn What Not to Do: In the four churches I served as an associate pastor, I learned more about what not to do than what to do. I saw practices and ministry philosophies that lacked biblical warrant. And, regrettably, I’ve witnessed firsthand how these practices can harm the souls of God’s people. Those were difficult times for me, but they helped me develop and hone many of the biblical convictions I hold today.
16. Prayer Changes Me the Most

I spent 20 years of ministry not praying as much as I should have. Many regrets here. But when I did pray, I found God meeting me in my despair and comforting my soul. That became a sweet place of rest, more so than any answered prayer.

It’s a special thing when a pastor cries out for his people and church to be strengthened. God has answered many prayers throughout the last two decades, but what he’s done in my soul when I’ve cried out to him has been most significant.
20 Lessons in 20 Years of Pastoral Ministry.

17. Choose Battles Wisely: That I can write this after having been in vocational ministry for 20 years is itself evidence of God’s grace in my life. As I look back on so many of the decisions I’ve made, I know I likely would’ve been fired had many of them gone the other way. Just in my first five years as senior pastor, there were three efforts to remove me.

Pastor, pick your battles; don’t let them pick you. Be patient and wise. Seek good counsel. Give yourself to tireless prayer. God can use just one decision to turn the ship of a struggling church—or to overturn your ministry.

18. Expect Suffering: My experience has reinforced this truth a lot over the years. If you want to be a pastor but aren’t willing to suffer, do something else. Our families and ministries are on the front lines of spiritual attack and gospel work. Suffering will come. At times, it will come all at once. Expect it. Hang on loosely to the things of this world. Hold on tightly to Jesus and your family.

Allow pastoral suffering, for it is certain to come. Let it make you long for heaven.

19. Numbers Are Not a Helpful Gauge for Determining Church Health:
The common trend is to use bodies and budgets to gauge church health. Having served in churches with big budgets and lots of behinds, however, I can tell you firsthand that those criteria by themselves are bad for measuring God’s work and church health. Pastors must evaluate their church and ministry in God’s way, not corporate America’s.

20. Jesus Is Always Enough: For most of my ministry, I found my identity in ministry. It led to a very harmful and narcissistic approach to life and ministry. Only in the last few years has God exposed this idolatrous approach. This has led to some hard and painful soul work. As a result, I’m experiencing a freedom that helps me hold loosely to all my ministry. As long as I have Jesus, I’ll have enough.

For so much of my 20-year ministry, Jesus wasn’t enough. But he is now. Even though I do all kinds of exciting ministry, I could walk away from it all today if I had to. Jesus is enough. Learning this has taught me to enjoy all the ministry I do even more—not because I need it, but because I get to do it. Ministry is a privilege.

Asking for Another Twenty:
Failing miserably in many different ways taught me these lessons. Be encouraged, fellow pastor: the Lord often teaches us through our sins, our mistakes, our disappointments, our weaknesses.

By his grace, I’ve grown as God has continued to let me serve him. Now, I’m asking God to let me serve him another 20 years. I’ll take the honor if it fits his good and perfect purposes.

Editors’ Note: This article originally appeared at Practical Shepherding.

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This week I have the privilege of sharing with you my Wedding Photos.

1. Start with your strength. For us it was pre-marriage. I had already developed curriculum and it was an easy place to start. In this, resist simply diving in to the area of greatest chaos. You have to be able to sustain it. It's challenging at best to start a ministry in area of weakness in the leader.
20 Marriage Ministry Lessons for Leaders
2. Culture. Culture. Culture. Your marriage ministry will not be able to outrun your church's culture. Your marriage ministry will carry with it the cultural norms of your church. This has to impact what you do and how you approach things. If your church culture is not friendly to people who have recently been divorced, then don't start Divorce Care. Especially regarding the difficult marriage issues, people often come extremely vulnerable and wounded. The moment they have a shred of hope to get healthy or reconcile with their spouse, they can be completely discouraged when they are met with criticism and judgment.

3. Play offense when you can. Crisis marriage ministry (re|engage, couples counseling, Divorce Care, etc) will leach every possible resource you have. There is no end to the couples who need help. If you want a well rounded marriage ministry, I advise starting with pre-marriage if you can, simply because you will never feel like you have the time, energy or resources to launch into other areas.
20 Marriage Ministry Lessons for Leaders
4. Some couples don’t play ball. Accept the fact that as you attempt to offer ongoing marriage enrichment to couples, some take it, some don't. Some listen to your teaching or counsel, some don’t.

5. Small groups are hard.
The flexible will survive the seasons of married life. Create options for different seasons.

6. Leverage what you have.
If you don’t have to start new programming, don’t. Convert existing programming into something that more represents your vision.

7. Learn to speak male/ groom/ husband.
Connecting with men is vital to a thriving marriage ministry. Men like cheese on their burger, not at church. It sounds bad to say it, but the male representing marriage ministry needs to appeal to the men in your church/community.
20 Marriage Ministry Lessons for Leaders
8. Your marriage matters. Remember this is discipleship, you are ultimately replicating your marriage in others.You will have to face more of your own weaknesses and struggles than you ever thought. Don’t be arrogant or foolish, we all struggle and have weaknesses.Model healthy honesty and growth for your church.This also applies to those who serve in marriage ministry.

9. Vulnerability is currency in marriage ministry.
There is no perfect marriage. No one believes the perfect marriage anyway. Whoever serves in marriage ministry must be vulnerable.Share the scars not the open wounds.

20 Marriage Ministry Lessons for Leaders
10. Challenge your terms and assumptions. We often use words that make sense to us, but our people just don't get it.
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Head of the household
  • Biblical marriage
  • Covenant marriage
Assumptions:
  • Most couples are waiting to have sex for marriage, or live in guilt and conviction. FALSE.
  • They’re Christians, they won’t get divorced. FALSE
  • They told the truth in the counseling session. FALSE 
  • As long as we teach them the Bible their marriage will grow. FALSE

11. People don't read. I read tons of marriage books, most people don't. I often recommend books, but for couples, it is often better to recommend chapters, buy them the book and literally photocopy the chapter(s) you are recommending and give it to them. Who knows they might get pulled in and read the whole thing, but the recommendation was a bite sized move to get them started.

12. Never give up not giving up. You are ALWAYS an ambassador of hope.Be the voice of hope on their other shoulder.Tell and retell stories of God transforming marriages. Craft a narrative of hope in your marriage ministry. Celebrate with them.

13. Say it. Our ministries must be the place where couples hear what no one else will tell them. Don’t fear tell a couple what they need to hear. Say it with love, but say it! We are the place people are counting on to say what a couple needs to hear.

14. Leverage community. Never underestimate or underutilize community. If you can build marriage ministry around groups of couples with decent leaders you are WAY ahead of the previous model of heroic pastoral effort from a staff member or key volunteer.No individual can single handedly carry the weight of marriage ministry. Couples need a community to connect with and grow in.
20 Marriage Ministry Lessons for Leaders
15. Invest in staff marriages.  Marriage problems are likely already costing your church significantly in the emotional and financial realm. Never assume. Aim for your staff to have the best marriages in your church. Incentivize marriage investment.

16. Get your pastor and staff on board. Provide him with the language you want him to use. The Highpoint Church model of START, STRENGTHEN, SAVE was to make it easy for our staff to memorize.If you pastor or other staff members exemplify certain marriage strengths - highlight those qualities, give them skin in the game.

17. Be a coach, not a therapist.
Your goal is not to create individual dependency on you, it is to build couples who thrive without you. The "professional" counseling options in your respective city need to be vetted by you. Just because they are a licensed, professional counselor who takes insurance does not make them a good voice for the couples in your church. Coaching comes with a built in concept of being responsible to, not responsible for a couple’s marriage.

18. Get smart on hot marriage issues.
  • Money
  • In-law issues
  • Social media related issues
  • Opposite sex "friendships"
  • Parenting issues
  • Empty nest syndrome
20 Marriage Ministry Lessons for Leaders
19. Balance programs and media. Programs typically help couples find a place in a church, that's a good thing. Yet the challenge to a programs only approach is the limitations of time a couple will give you. Media can be a powerful way to help married couples and not require additional programming. There are lots of great options already out there. Remember, your community will likely respond best to your voice and your endorsement.

20. They are hungry.
The married people in your church and community want help on their marriages and what to connect with other couples like them. You build it they will come.

I'd love to hear from you. What lessons have you learned in your experience as a staff member or volunteer? Which of the lessons above particularly connected with you? Posted by Andy Savage

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As we celebrate Apostle Pride Sibiya's 20 years of ministry. We are so excited to present you with one of the articles that has been written by Apostle Farayi Muzari. (Celebrating my spiritual father Apostle Pride Sibiya's 20yrs in ministry.)

1. MONEY IS IMPORTANT:  Ecc 10:19b… Money solves a lot of problems.

2. MONEY IS BOTH SPIRITUAL AND MATERIAL: Spiritually: If handled according to the will of God it will provoke God to bless you. On the contrary, if handled against God’s will it will bring curses.

3. MONEY CAN BE USED FOR GOOD OR FOR EVIL: Money is neutral. It is not good nor bad but it can either be used for good or for evil.  We bought our pulpit using money but the Pharisees used it bribe Judas to betray our Lord, Jesus Christ.
20 Facts About Money By Apostle Farayi Muzari.
20 Facts About Money By Apostle Farayi Muzari.
4. MONEY IS NOT EVIL: People often make the mistake that money is evil when in actual fact 1 Timothy 6:10 reads , “For the love of money is a root of all evils, of which some having lusted after, they were seduced from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” It is the misuse of money that makes it appear to be evil.

5. ALL SILVER (MONEY) AND GOLD BELONG TO GOD: Hag 2:8 the silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says Lord of Hosts.

6. THE PRIMARILY PURPOSE OF MONEY IS TO USE IT FOR WORK OF GOD.
7. MONEY CAN BECOME YOUR MASTER: If money, not God, take the first place in your life then it will be your master

8. YOU CANNOT SERVE BOTH GOD AND MAMMON (MATHEW 6:24): The word mammon literary means ‘riches’ or ‘the God of riches’.  This doesn’t mean that God doesn’t want you to become wealthy for the Bible says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his sons' sons, and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just” (Proverbs 13:22).  However, God wants to put wealth in its proper place.

9. THE WAY YOU HANDLE YOUR MONEY DETERMINES THE SPIRITUAL RICHES GOD GIVES YOU. Luke 16:11 says, “If you can't be trusted with wealth that is often used dishonestly, who will trust you with wealth that is real?”

10. GIVING TO OTHERS OR TO THE WORK OF GOD IS THE TEST FOR THE GENUINENESS OF YOUR LOVE FOR OTHERS AND FOR GOD. (2 Cor 8:8)

11. WHAT YOU USE YOUR MONEY SHOWS WHERE YOUR HEART IS. Mathew 6:21 says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Commitment that leaves out our money is incomplete.

12. WHEN YOU GIVE YOUR MONEY WILLINGLY GOD WILL GIVE YOU HIS BLESSING. Act 20:35 says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive."

13. GIVING MONEY IS SOWING SEED. 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, “Remember this: The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously.” However, bear in mind that there is a time interval between sowing and reaping. Like a farmer, you must wait patiently for your harvest.

14. MONEY CAN BE USED TO WORSHIP GOD. God says in Exodus 23:15, “No one is to appear before Me empty handed.” Giving is part of worship and if you do not take an offering to church your worship is incomplete. Coming with an offering gives God the glory due to Him. Not coming with an offering is stripping God of His glory. Psalms 96:8 says, “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name, bring an offering and enter his courts!"

15. THE PROPORTION OF THE MONEY THAT YOU GIVE DETERMINES THE PROPORTION OF MONEY YOU WILL RECEIVE. Luke 6:38 says Give, and it shall be given to you, good measure pressed down and shaken together and running over, they shall give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you measure, it shall be measured to you again.

16. THE FIRST 10% OF YOUR MONEY (INCREASE) BELONGS TO GOD. God says in Malachi 3:8, “You have robbed Me In the tithe and the offering!”

17. YOU HONOR GOD WHEN YOU GIVE HIM THE FIRST 10% OF YOUR MONEY AND HE WILL PROSPER YOU IN RETURN. Pro 3:9-10 says, “Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; and your barns shall be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst with new wine.”

18. PAYING YOUR TITHE IS ACKNOWLEDGING JESUS AS YOUR HIGH PRIEST (see Hebrews 7:7-11) When Abraham paid tithe to Melchizedek, he was acknowledging him as his High Priest. As children of Abraham we must do the same by paying our tithe to Jesus even though they are received by our pastors.

19. GOD KEEPS RECORDS OF HOW WE USE MONEY.

20. IF YOU ARE STINGY IN THE USE OF YOUR MONEY YOU INVITE CURSES, IF YOU ARE LIBERAL IN THE USE OF YOUR MONEY GOD WILL RELEASES HIS BLESSING.

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Here are our favorite and most tweetable quotes.

1. “Grit grows every time you prove to yourself that you can overcome an obstacle with perseverance and tenacity.” – Bill Hybels

2. “We succeed at our very best only when we help others succeed.” – Jim Collins

3. “Don’t hire people to fill a position, select people to fulfill a dream and to serve a purpose.” – Horst Schulze

4. “If you want your team to stay relevant, lead your team into the unknown.” – Liz Wiseman
20 Best Quotes from the 2015 Global Leadership Summit.
5. “If there’s laughter in the room, people will solve whatever problem is there, no matter how hard it is.” – Ed Catmull

6. “Do 5 minute favors… find small ways to add great value to others.” – Adam Grant

7. “Who you are in the space where you can’t see in front of you is where courage is born.” – Brené Brown

8. “If you have a spreadsheet but haven’t spread yourself on the ground to pray, you’ve missed the point.” – Albert Tate

9. “Don’t go to work to work, go to work to be excellent in your career and to care about the people around you.” – Horst Schulze

10. “If you’ve become accustomed to being a leader, take a break and let someone else take the lead.” – Liz Wiseman

11. “The fastest way to change the feedback culture in an organization is for the leaders to become better receivers.” – Sheila Heen

12. “So much of leadership is like walking on water, only God can keep you from sinking.” – Brian Houston

13. “Live for what’s worth dying for.” – Common

14. “Everyone really does win when a leader gets better.” – Bill Hybels
20 Best Quotes from the 2015 Global Leadership Summit.
15. “Step into that commitment. How bad you want something determines what you will do to get it.” – Craig Groeschel

16. “If your character is not strengthening, your future potential is weakening.” – Craig Groeschel

17. “A secure leader know how to laugh at themselves.” – Michael Jr.

18. “Is it possible we are at our best when we know our very least – when we are rookies.” – Liz Wiseman

19. “I think organizations don’t grow because leaders believe “our people can’t do what we do.” – Sam Adeyemi

20. “The bravest among us will always be the most broken-hearted because we had the courage to love.” – Brené Brown

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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; it is my pleasure to welcome you to Apostle Pride Sibiya's official page.

I give God all the glory, honor, and praise for twenty years of ministry. I am honored and count it a privilege to be a part of this most historic celebration that will be taking part at Tiyambuke Annual Christian Convention (TICC) dubbed The Footprints Of The Legends. My walk in ministry started from humble beginnings of prayer and worship. Truly the Lord has been with me: Apostle Pride Sibiya and Glory Ministries in every step of our journey!
Celebrating 20 Years of Ministry In My Journey For His Glory.
Celebrating 20 Years of Ministry In My Journey For His Glory.
The Apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 2:9:
"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
This blessed year of 2015 will be a very exciting and busy year for me as I celebrate '20 Years Of ministry and also for Glory Ministires as we celebrate and honour Legends.

In 2015, I  embarked upon a year-long journey to celebrate my 20 years in ministry. That is the reason why the theme for this great milestone in my life is: "Footprints Of The Legends” with gratitude and a heart of thanksgiving, for those who walked in the journey of ministry before me. I and Glory Ministries will reflect and celebrate our past, rejoice in our present, and with faith look forward to an even richer future!

We invite you to check out my website everyday as I will highlight some of the most memorable events that has occurred throughout my incredible walk and history; from great preaching, teaching, worship, community outreach and so much more. You will also be able to view up-to-date scheduled information about Tiyambuke Annual Christian Convention (TICC) such as: special services, guest speakers, dates and time for the various activities.

It is my prayer that you will be able to join us for Tiyambuke Annual Christian Convention (TICC) from 31 August - 05 September 2015.

Celebrating 20 Years of Ministry In My Journey For His Glory.
Celebrating 20 Years of Ministry In My Journey For His Glory.
Please know that you are always welcome at Glory Ministries where we are “Express God and Express Ourselves”.

Your Servant, in His Service:
Apostle Pride Sibiya.
Glory Ministries Founder.

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Monday, 3 August 2015

The act of going to Canaan by the Israelites was less important to God than their coming to God himself. That is why many of those who refused to believe him on other instructions not directly related to going to Canaan perished in the wilderness, although they still wanted to go to Canaan. He didn’t even say to them they will not enter Canaan. He said, they’ll not enter my rest, not Canaan! Why? Because, Christ says, “Come unto me you who are weary (of Egypt) and I will give you rest”, not Canaan. So the rest of God for you is located wherever God is located for you at that particular time, whether Canaan or Egypt, or Shushan the palace, wherever.
You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and BROUGHT YOU TO MYSELF. Exodus 19:4
Likewise, today – even today – you going to your favorite church is less important to God than your coming to Him as a divine being. It is more important for you to spiritually come to Him, than for you to attend church gatherings seven times per week without coming to Him. A church is meeting is only important if it is designed and intended to bring you to God!
Apostle A. Chisango: The Law Of The Exodus Journey.
Apostle A. Chisango: The Law Of The Exodus Journey.
Because if God (who we access through Christ today) is not present in the church meeting, in your magnificent church building, and even as also in Canaan, what only remains therefore in those venues and locations are idols and idolaters including yourself.

God brought Israelites to HIMSELF first, then going to Canaan became meaningful afterwards only because God was going there, represented by Moses as a human father carrying God’s grace for the Exodus, plus His ark of the covenant, and His pillar of cloud and fire. Otherwise the whole Exodus would have been pointless if it was just for Israelites to inherit a troublesome piece of land surrounded by many enemies for that matter.

You might so far have come to Church, or to see and hear a nicely dressed preacher, but now I say, COME TO GOD HIMSELF! Then you will be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation as God said:

Exo 19:4 … I bare you on eagles' wings, AND BROUGHT YOU UNTO MYSELF.
Exo 19:5 Now therefore, if ye (have come unto myself and) will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine...
Exo 19:6 And (if ye (have come unto myself) ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.

May the Almighty God bring you to Himself, and may He deliver you from merely coming to churches, preachers, and buildings without coming to God. That dilemma is the cause of much emptiness and spiritual hollowness among millions, a cause of many intra-church and inter-church troubles, and more religious strife and wars worldwide, even as we see in the wilderness. No one can satisfy you like God, and only God!

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I am not usually a passionate writer or teacher on the subject of grace per se. I’m normally an apostolic builder, statesman, and engineer of the Church and Nations – all based on the Kingdom of God. But I think God is simply making me to write a series on this matter to deliver multitudes in the Church and Nations from lacking dominion as they languish in the famine of relying on empty gongs of human flesh without God’s grace when in fact His grace and His graces are still available today for building the Church and Nations, including governments and economies.

The grace of God – grace or empowerment given by the Holy Spirit for giving you individually and as a group dominion in accurately accomplishing God’s purposes – has varying levels. Specifically, there are headship or primary graces, and auxiliary graces. The problem is that quite often, the carriers of God’s headship grace do not blow their own trumpets, for grace itself is physically unbearable, socially unacceptable, and naturally impossible. So those who often carry this primary or headship grace from God frequently do not always look like the correct guys. So, people frequently miss them unless they discern their fruit.
Alexander Chisango: Grace For Maximum Dominion.
Alexander Chisango: Grace For Maximum Dominion.
HEADSHIP GRACE is given to very few people in the Church and Nations. Like the head of an aeroplane, this grace works in and breaks extremely rough, resistant, and highly demonic winds and terrains for the sake of and on behalf of the rest who will follow when it is clear, easy and safe to move in. So, very few people are made of such hard spiritual and character material to survive the roughness that this grace faces. For many, it is safer to be auxiliary grace than headship grace. This grace breaks up, breaks open, breaks into, and almost single-handedly sustains, and successfully heads up completely new divine mandates, phases or architectures.

These are facets that usher or significantly accelerate destiny of a generation, generations, or a general mandate for infinite multitudes. This grace is really at an apostolic level. By its measure, it can be called apostolic headship grace. Although mainly recognized in circles of the Church, headship grace is also found in domains like governance, civil order, economic and social emancipation, etc. But the headship grace in the house of God or the spiritual facet shapes up the realm which latter become visible in manifest governments, economies, social and civil orders.

Daniel makes this principle clear when he says:

Dan 4:26 And … thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that THE HEAVENS DO RULE…

Dan 4:31
While the word was in the king's mouth, THERE FELL A VOICE FROM HEAVEN, SAYING, O KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR, TO THEE IT IS SPOKEN; THE KINGDOM IS DEPARTED FROM THEE.
Headship grace is not cheap, for it is given by god to shape the destinies of multitudes. It is not found cheaply, and does not happen cheaply. Headship grace is very rare. In its character, headship grace pioneers new or unknown divine architecture or restores fallen divine architecture, like what Paul describes when writing to the Ephesians about his mandate to the Gentiles globally:

Eph 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles...

Eph 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward....
Eph 3:3 How that BY REVELATION HE MADE KNOWN UNTO ME THE MYSTERY; (as I wrote afore in few words...
Eph 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand MY KNOWLEDGE IN THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST)
EPH 3:5 WHICH IN OTHER AGES WAS NOT MADE KNOWN UNTO THE SONS OF MEN, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit...
Eph 3:6 THAT THE GENTILES SHOULD BE FELLOWHEIRS, AND OF THE SAME BODY, AND PARTAKERS OF HIS PROMISE IN CHRIST BY THE GOSPEL:
Eph 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
Eph 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ...
Eph 3:9 And TO MAKE ALL MEN SEE WHAT IS THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY, WHICH FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD HATH BEEN HID IN GOD, who created all things by Jesus Christ...
Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God...
Eph 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is profound. Paul is saying some key things about his headship grace or primary grace here. He is saying that he was given the grace to be the primary or principal carrier of the following mysteries :
  • An aspect of THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST) … WHICH IN OTHER AGES WAS NOT MADE KNOWN UNTO THE SONS OF MEN.
  • The mystery THAT THE GENTILES SHOULD BE FELLOWHEIRS, AND OF THE SAME BODY, AND PARTAKERS OF HIS PROMISE IN CHRIST BY THE GOSPEL.
  • The mystery TO MAKE ALL MEN SEE WHAT IS THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY, WHICH FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD HATH BEEN HID IN GOD.
Headship grace also acts first on behalf of the then locked out and hopeless multitudes, often bearing costly pain on their behalf. Again Paul explains this about himself:

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my SUFFERINGS FOR YOU, AND FILL UP THAT WHICH IS BEHIND OF THE AFFLICTIONS OF CHRIST IN MY FLESH FOR HIS BODY'S SAKE, WHICH IS THE CHURCH...
Col 1:25 Whereof I AM MADE A MINISTER, ACCORDING TO THE DISPENSATION OF GOD WHICH IS GIVEN TO ME FOR YOU, to fulfil the word of God...
Col 1:26 EVEN THE MYSTERY WHICH HATH BEEN HID FROM AGES AND FROM GENERATIONS, BUT NOW IS MADE MANIFEST TO HIS SAINTS...
Col 1:27 To whom God would MAKE KNOWN WHAT IS THE RICHES OF THE GLORY OF THIS MYSTERY AMONG THE GENTILES; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory...

In other words, multitudes or generations can sit in the dark, not see or enter into possible destiny and opportunities, until headship grace or graces arise to break things open and boldly lead them in. Primary graces – or headship graces – represent other multitudes in opening up new seasons and dispensations.

Eph 3:1 For this cause I Paul, THE PRISONER OF JESUS CHRIST FOR YOU GENTILES...
Eph 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of THE GRACE OF GOD WHICH IS GIVEN ME TO YOU-WARD...

One headship graces have seen, broken and entered, then after that the rest can put on their acquired or “AUXILIARY GRACES” and also enter and possess the land. This happened in the days of Samuel as a headship or primary grace carrier in Israel. The nation had spent twenty years languishing under subjugation and disinheritance. All were misaligned, enslaved and dispossessed for a long time.

1Sa 7:1 And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.
1Sa 7:2 And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.

It was Ichabod (the glory has departed) in Israel for a long time after Eli the Judge – Priest had fallen. Then the winds changed suddenly as Samuel arose and entered into the prominent scene:

1Sa 7:3
And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
1Sa 7:4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only.
1Sa 7:5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the LORD.
1Sa 7:6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh...
1Sa 7:9 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD for Israel; and the LORD heard him.
1Sa 7:10 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.

Once the headship grace/s has/have opened the door and defined the way, all and sundry with auxiliary graces can enter, recover territory, and possess the land.

1Sa 7:11 AND THE MEN OF ISRAEL (ALSO) WENT OUT OF MIZPEH, AND PURSUED THE PHILISTINES, AND SMOTE THEM, until they came under Bethcar.
1Sa 7:12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.
1Sa 7:13 So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.
1Sa 7:14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.

After the earlier victories, headship graces then sustain the dominion of God’s people and God’s order to prevent the return of enslavement on God’s people:

1Sa 7:15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.
1Sa 7:16 And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal, and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places.
1Sa 7:17 And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the LORD.

The Church and Nations need headship grace/s and auxiliary grace/s to connect and work together. But without recognizing and embracing genuine headship graces that are known by their fruit of servant heart rather than a mentality of lordship, the multitudes that are supposed to have auxiliary graces will never reach their maximum place of grace and destiny in God’s kingdom.

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