On ministry and recruiting

© March 26, 2018 | Schulter Etyang

I believe that the recruiting methods and programs that the Church has employed over the past many years have hurt us. By the Church, I’m talking about the Pentecostal-Charismatic tribe of which I’m a part of. There is a real sense that we have been doing a poor job at recruiting members and leaders because of the methods that we have used

Let me give you a few examples of our recruiting methods. I know at least two very common methods that we use.

  • Draw up a compelling vision statement for the kingdom and then recruit people to help you accomplish the vision. Then, someone’s level of involvement will determine their level of ascendancy or reward. Your level of involvement might mean when you tithe, attend prayer meetings, serve in the children’s Church, lead a youth group, lead a small group at your home etc. Usually, Habakkuk 2:2 is the point verse for this type of recruitment method.
  • Join us and then sign up for certain programs (membership classes, Bible school or school of ministry, Bible studies etc) that will help us know you and assimilate you into our Church. If you complete these programs, then we will consider your membership and/or leadership application.

The results of these methods? My generation has been put off by this kind of organized religion that feels and sounds like a multi-level marketing scheme and have embraced an ambiguous spirituality – where anything goes. They don’t want anything to do with structure, order, and discipline which are vital clogs in the Church. Secondly, overcommitted and overzealous members are suffering spiritual, physical, emotional and even financial meltdown.

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The lofty ideals of King Solomon​

© March 10, 2018 | Schulter Etyang

Been reading through the book of Proverbs and oh boy, haven’t I been condemned by my failure to live up to the prescriptions and demands that king Solomon pertinently describes in his book? Reading through the book of Proverbs is like listening to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – the famous Sermon on the Mount in Matthew Chapters 5-7. Solomon and Jesus prescribe and demand behaviours and ideas that require high levels of obedience and compliance – behaviours and ideals that are way too lofty. Continue reading “The lofty ideals of King Solomon​”