FROM FOWC MINISTERS' MEETING
following is a portion of a transcript of the ministry by Michael
Bassett as he shares from his experience of changing church structure
during Session 1 of the Accra, Ghana Fellowship Of World Christians
Ministers' Meeting in April 2004.
"I started to think how about turning the 'pyramid' upside-down.
A pyramid is a hierarchy. How about instead of me being the 'chief',
how about me being the chief-servant! How about me changing this I
thought - well, sometimes we have a lot of zeal but not a lot of knowledge
and how we go about things can spiral out of control, in fact I upset
so many people I upset my own pastoral team.
could understand how to operate anymore, because you'll find most
powerful ministries are built on a pyramid. Whether you call that
a pope or senior pastor, there's one at the top and then you get the
different levels. So what you are creating is a power base and then
people start climbing this ladder for power. That's where you have
the struggles of head pastor, associate pastor etc. and then you go
on holiday as a senior pastor and when you come back you no longer
have a church - you're out! There are take-over's because of the very
structure that is in place - it's a pyramid.
of the church back then of Victory Church was an inverted pyramid.
God must have put that there; I didn't even know. My whole thing was
to get the whole pyramid turned upside-down. It's not about Pharaoh
getting as many slaves as he can to build his big edifice. That's
not ministry. However you want to interpret that is up to you - but
it's not about building big anything today, that's not where God's
heart is. It's not about big churches or big status, it's about people
being built up big on the inside; it's not about big numbers, it really
as a minister, and I know every minister wants to see his church grow
and multiply - it's normal, it's natural - but it's how you build
that's important. Again I find out that if I read my bible I'm supposed
to be content no matter what. Whether I'm ministering to fifty people
or to five thousand people - I'm supposed to be content with whatever
God has allowed me to be involved in that moment. It doesn't mean
it's going to stay like that, but it might, so I've learned not to
murmur or to try to get God to do something through whatever means
at my disposal - that's called self-effort. So, I began to turn the
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