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Ministry Oil

by | Feb 19, 2018

I have a habit of applying cooking oil to hinges of doors of pastor’s houses, church doors and doors of buildings where training is done. Most of Learning Technologies basic computer trainings for the last five years have been held either in the church building or a central building of a particular church or organization.

I have developed this habit to the extent that I actually listen for that squeaking sound!

This last five years of helping pastors and ministry leaders learn the basic skills to use computers for ministry has taught us that we play a pivotal role to teach them computer skills basically because computer has now become the main tool in any workplace. Our task then is to help the pastor to be effective in ministry. We want to be seen as a drop of oil to help the church to be effective in bringing the Good News to the lost.

This last five years of helping pastors and ministry leaders learn the basic skills to use computers for ministry has taught us that we play a pivotal role to teach them computer skills basically because computer has now become the main tool in any workplace. Our task then is to help the pastor to be effective in ministry. We want to be seen as a drop of oil to help the church to be effective in bringing the Good News to the lost.

Elsie Manato is one of the participants that discovered the potential of a computer during this training. She said she has seen and used a computer before but never discovered its true worth until the team took them through the basics of Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel programs. Her first priority now is to get a computer to use for ministry because she now has the knowledge she lacked before.

For the veterans of the pulpit like Pastor Peter Vincent (Foursquare Church) and Pastor Frank Runtiko, Assemblies of God, they came up with very good sermons using power point slides. Just like I was alluding to at the start, we spend very little time with pastors and ministry workers who have been in the field for many years. They are full of experiences that the Lord taught them over the years of faithful service and so it is an honor and special privilege to be able to offer the little help for the vitality of the ministry.
Noga Mamuti who serves at the Foursquare Church as a Church Councilor said, “I am glad I attended this training because I personally learned two important things. Firstly, the general knowledge of what the computer can do for the ministry of the church and as a council member I can help make decisions in line with technology for spreading the Good News of our Lord Jesus.” I asked him what the second thing was and he said, he can play music in the Microsoft Power Point program, now as a 52 year old, that is something!

This training was answered prayer for Rev. Ewana Zacharias of United Church in Kainantu when an invitation from Pastor Peter to attend the basic computer training was given to him. He had a new laptop computer but was using it only on “first gear”.

He added that this training is educational and even though it is only two weeks, I have learned enough to manage my work (MS Word), my sermons can be seen and heard with greater chances of impact (MS PPP) and good and accurate record of congregation members and their Spiritual growth and needs, proper record of tithes and offerings and proper presentation of Church finances (MS Excel)

Pastor Michael Willie of AOG is very thankful for Pastor Peter of Foursquare who organized the training to extend it to the Body of Christ in Kainantu. Pastor Michael had a computer, a printer and a projector but he lacked the knowledge to fully utilize them for ministry. Again that is a good picture of the little help that we can freely offer to equip the saints for ministry (Ephesians 4:12)

We thank you all for your prayers and support for this successful basic computer training which involved all four of our Learning Technologies staff. This training involved good team work and safe travel by road.

As trainers for this first basic computer training for this year we give glory to God for the host church (Foursquare) to promote the spirit of unity among the members of the Body of Christ in Kainantu by extending the training to other church denominations.

As a result of this gesture by Foursquare, the CRMF team now has more opportunities to assist more churches to spread the Good News in our lovely country, especially in Kainantu.