Bishop Joe Imakando hosted a business breakfast session at the Blessing Center on Saturday 1st September, 2012. The speaker was Dr. David Molapo, president for “I Can Ministries,” a leadership organization under Dr. John Maxwell, New York Times best-selling author.
Dr. Molapo talked about leadership values in ministry, business and family life to a group of attendants, with Reverends and Pastors in majority. It was the hotel style of arrangement in the Youth hall and the first ever business breakfast at the Blessing Center.
Dr. Molapo spoke on a topic titled: How Do You Lead in Difficult Times? From 1Thessalonians 5:24 and in his message, Dr Molapo likened the life of a leader to many chapters of a book. He said some chapters were easy to read and others were tough, but a leader must always persevere in trying moments.
“Leadership is an ability to inspire, empower and enable your followers to become better than you their leader. And when a leader dies there should be someone to fill in the vacancy. Joshua died and he never left a leadership legacy to anyone but in leadership that should not be allowed.” Dr Molapo said.
Dr Molapo said in difficult times the majority of followers deserted their leader. But there were twelve things a leader could do to maintain order and structure:
1. Confront reality with courage; in tough times it’s easy for a leader to quit. But as a leader you must conquer anything until you have victory.
2. Demonstrate decisiveness; when things are tough in ministry, business or family, as a leader determine to make right decisions for your destiny. Have faith and know that God is in control.
3. Stay focused; on your values, business, people and culture. Do not compromise for quick actions. Be effective because the enemy would want to destruct you so that you are destroyed.
4. Be consistent and predictable; through highs and lows maintain the status of a man or woman of God.
5. You must be vulnerable; let people know that you do not have all the answers. You must always depend on the Lord. Do not be self sufficient.
6. Reallocate your priorities; based on parental principles. Use 20% to yield 80% of your time in your business, family and ministry.
7. Meet with people directly and frequently; stay engaged with people to affirm and give them assurance. God is always with us that’s why the Holy Spirit is always with us.
8. Put innovative teams in place; find people who are creative and install them in the organization without any form of discrimination. God told him to raise the rod and use it to part the water at river Jordan. This was creativity God gave to Moses. Let creative people come during difficult times and allow the spirit of creativity in your leadership style.
9. Over communicate; do not under communicate, people want information. Communicating to them in difficult moments brings assurance. Jesus over communicated with people. Because people in difficult times forget. God over communicates to us so that we may not forget about His greatness.
10. Get in front of customers; in difficult times be accessible and visible to your clients. If you are not able to pay back their money, then tell them you are not able to pay due to some challenges you are facing.
11. Have faith and be optimistic; do not limit God, allow Him to do what He can.
12. Create an atmosphere of trust; people want to trust you as a business person, minister or family man. The problem in Africa that we have is that there bankruptcy to trust leadership.
Bishop Imakando (R) with Dr Molapo during the Business Breakfast.
Three Days of Power Conference at Kanyama branch Bread of Life church, Lusaka, took place from 24th to 26th August 2012 with Bishop Joe Imakando, Rev.Shadreck Chisulo, Pastor Teddy Mundia and Pastor Oscar Mumba, as speakers.
The three days of powerful ministry of the word resulted in several deliverance cases from demonic oppression and several people gave their lives to the Lord.
The host and resident Pastor, Teddy Mundia, expressed humbleness to Bishop and said it was due to the great favour of God that the Bishop has been mentoring and giving spiritual guidance to Kanyama branch. Pastor Mundia also testified that the Bishop left a mark the last time he visited Kanyama in 2009 because all the declarations he made to the church during that conference came to pass.
The Bishop preached an uplifting message titled: “You Will Laugh”, Genesis 18:9, 21:1-7.
The Bishop told the church that before the year 2012 was over God’s grace would be sufficient enough to give them laughter and they would rejoice together with those who mocked them.
“I came to let you know that there shall be divine performance for every promise God has made in your life and you will laugh. And those who laughed at you will laugh with you.”
The Bishop, in his unique and easy-to-understand teaching style, preached on four points:
i. Promise of a child—Abraham and Sarah waited upon the Lord for the child even if they had advanced in age, they had no child, and all they had was nothing but a promise. May be you too are waiting upon the Lord, just have grace to wait, be still and know He is God.
ii. Sarah’s response—after she heard a conversation outside that she was going to have a child; she gave laughter of doubt. She was skeptical to have a child at an old age. God has sent me to tell you that it is not over until He says so. Don’t doubt God.
iii. The Lord’s assurance—God’s word carries power to perform a miracle. Sarah had a child. This is your year of breakthrough and you will recover all.
iv. The Lord was gracious with Sarah—because of God’s grace Abraham and Sarah had a child who they named Isaac, which means laughter. When people see your miracle, they will get surprised, the Bishop said.
On the culminating of the three-day conference that was fairly parked, the Bishop declared that, the Lord was set to perform that which He had promised this year and the time to rejoice had come.
Bishop Joe Imakando conducted this year’s Ndola Three Days of Power conference from 17th to 19th August, 2012 and it was awesome and well attended.
It was a joyous afternoon for Lusaka West Bread of Life branch church, when Bishop Joe Imakando officially opened and consecrated the new church building on Sunday 12th August 2012.