> I don’t do this often, but I wish to say something on this burning issue so God would judge me right. As the news of the Winners Church ‘pastors’ who were sacked for underperformance in ministry continue to attract commendation and/or criticism, I wish to state clearly that the problem of poor performance in ministry plaguing Christianity, not just in Nigeria, has to do more with our calling to ministry. For example, I know a church that once you are well to do, you are bound to become a ‘pastor’ except you don’t have an interest in it. Why is it so? Why is this church making it so cheap for anyone to become a ‘pastor?’ It’s so you can use your money to run the ministry in the event that you can’t make money through it. This is wrong. Here’s Winners Church accepting they employ ‘pastors.’ And if you employ someone into your business, one performance indicator to keep the person on the job is about the profit they make for you at the end of the month in monetary terms. Once it’s about employment, it’s about money. Make no mistake about this. This is also wrong. There are also cases where people just wake up and decide to run a church. These set of people, ranging from people who are retirees or set to retire, people deceived by familiar spirits that they’ve arrived, people who are tired of the world and then feel they best they can do for God is to run a church, and so on. This is pure madness. Here’s the fact: you can’t employ someone or choose yourself to stand before God’s people in the capacity of a pastor. But you can nominate someone or yourself for the job. Anyone coming to ministry must be finally endorsed or called by God who’s the owner of the church. God alone must see your willingness for His job before He can give you the enablement to do it. To nominate someone, you must be a pastor indeed – walking in the Holy Spirit. How many pastors in the world today can we say are walking in the Holy Spirit, hears from, and act according to the dictates of the Holy Spirit? Here, I’m not talking about ‘pastors’ who don’t even know that the other guy is also a pastor. If you go by the question here, you’d see that many so-called ministers of God are jobbers a.k.a. businessmen. They claim working for God but don’t even hear from Him, yet they go about appointing people to head a church. That’s nonsense. How can you say you’re a pastor and you’ve yielded yourself fully to the Holy Spirit of God and then appoint people to head the church through the instruction of the same Spirit leading you and so many of them turn out to be failures? It’s definitely not the Holy Spirt of God that instructed you to raise those people for His work in the first place. Trust me, something went wrong and it wasn’t about God but the man. As a result, the problem isn’t about the ‘pastors’ that have failed in God’s business, but the head that put them there. Certainly, these guys were not raised right for the job. On the other hand, you are bound to fail or struggle in ministry if you appointed yourself for the work without a clear inspiration from the Holy Spirit, which in most cases you have to genuinely express your desire for the work first. Christ is the head of the church and He works through the Holy Spirit. It has to start from Him. Once you start right, regardless of the challenges along the way, you’ll succeed because you were called by the owner of the job Himself and not by anyone else. He alone would use you to demonstrate His character to the world. He alone would make it very easy for you to win souls and keep them to bear more fruits. He alone would cause people to pull out money and partner with you for His work. Christ alone would use you in a manner that even you would be shocked. Sadly, what we have almost everywhere today are people who are struggling with their natural abilities or knowledge to do God’s work or please Him. Meanwhile, they can still function effectively in other areas for the same work. The question remains: Must everyone be a pastor? Must your church branch be found everywhere before you can win souls for Christ? These are big questions. Mind you, I’ve seen someone who from one remote location have touched all continents of the world with the gospel of Christ. I’ve seen someone who prospers so much in ministry but care less about opening branches everywhere. I’ve seen someone who doesn’t even raise men to take the name of his ministry anywhere, instead he raise them to go and start their own ministry. This person believe from his location, he can touch everywhere and win souls for Christ through the instrument of the Holy Spirit. What exactly are we doing in the name of working for God, especially in the part of the world? What exactly are we doing in the name of Christianity? With all the church branches including the headquarter, what impact are we making? Where’s the Spirit? Where’s the power? What signs and wonders that God exist do we have to show the world so they can believe and willingly turn to God? We don’t hear from God. God’s power keeps fluctuating in our lives even with our big titles. Many times He doesn’t use us at all and all we do is talk because we have the natural ability to do so. We don’t even act love, which is the greatest virtue of a true Christian. But all we’re interested is heading a church, employing pastors, nominating others, or ourselves to head a church. While all these madness continue, I truly know God would clean His church. We can keep dancing to our follies. It's all religion and not about Christ or Christianity.