Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Bishop Sibiya On Vision: The Leader's Greatest Asset

The leader must have a clear-cut vision for his people which must always conform to the ultimate vision of your church (in my case, Glory Ministries) or organisation.

You should not just throw vague statements like, “our vision is to worship God,” without appropriate explanations. Different assemblies have different needs according to the members and their lifestyle. The leader’s vision is that which he sees at the end of his efforts and those of his members. 

This needs to be put down on paper, typed and printed. This is because, it is very clear that in every aspect of human life, it has been proven that… “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Pr 29:18). The vision that God gave to me, specifically, is put down clearly in my first book called, His Glory, Our Vision.
Apostle Pride Sibiya
It must be clearly communicated so that people will know exactly what they are supposed to do. Habbakuk 2:2-3 "And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." Through the vision God has given me it then becomes very easy to accomplish what God wants because the accomplishment of God’s purposes is a process which starts with a vision.

Clearly communicated vision leads to the unity of people. When people are united they build relationships. Relationships make people have communication. Communication then produces commitment to the work, they commit their lives, gifts and resources. 

When people get committed and creative that produces excellence and influence or our set goal. Let us just summarise this. Vision produces unity; unity produces relationships; relationships produce communication; communication produces commitment; commitment produces excellence!

Bless you!

Bishop Apostle Pride Sibiya


The leader must be at the forefront of living-out the vision and then encourage all his followership to do the same. Infact the leader or pastor should be the embodiement of the vision. He or she should live out the vision so that when people see them they actually see the vision. This then means that the leader should know the vision of their church fully. 

According to Dag Heward-Mills, you must know and “catch” eight things in your ministry including vision: the ministry’s principles or guiding factors; it’s philosophy or way of thinking; standards or levels expected; the doctrines or teachings; procedures or the way things are done; emphasis of the ministry and; the anointing of the ministry(The Mega Church,pp112-116). This is because without knowing these you will always have adminstrative hiccups as you do things your own way instead of the way of the ministry, apart from many other problems. 

Never rebel against your church system. If here are wrong things hat can be bettered, prayer and dialogue are the best not rebellion. If you decide to leave, leave alone. I have never seen a rebel who ges succesful ultimately, and they never lead the people they rebel with because they know that, pastor stole us, he is a thief. My point is that you must respect your systems and follow them.

In everything you do before doing it, sit down and ask yourself these questions,if possible writing things down:what(identify what you want to do), why(reasons: targets, aims, objectives and goals), which(things needed), where(places, venues and locations), how(process), whom(human resorces),how much(costs)? These will help you in adminstering. A good pastor will always have an eye on his administrative team and especially on the treasurer. While money is not everything in the ministry, it certainly is very important, infact it is one of the most important things in a church. A bankrupt ministry will not go far. Apart from this, when a pastor makes the mistake of not knowing what is happening with the finances and there happens to be embezzlement then people will not readily give their trust to you and the ministry. It is important, though that a pastor should never be fooled to keep church funds. Administer church funds from the treasurer’s pocket through the treasurer’s books and not in your pocket. The church money should be kept in the bank (if the church has grown that much) while the petty cash for emergences should be kept by the treasurer or other church leaders. I repeat, pastor, stay away from that money.

By Apostle Pride Sibiya

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