7 Questions with Kelvin Muzvidzwa
Name: Kelvin Muzvidzwa
Current title: Pastor
Current organisation: International Life Centre
I am a born again Christian since 1999 and have been serving the Lord ever since. I got into full time ministry 2017 till today.
1. What have you found most challenging as a church leader?
The major challenge I have found as a leader is to consistent vision bearers. Church folk today are too busy caught up in making money and building their dreams that they have somewhat abandoned their attention to the heart of Christianity. So one is faced with double-minded leaders due to maybe the poverty that hovers over our continent of Africa.
2. How did you become a church leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
First and foremost I was called into ministry by God. The zeal for the House of the Lord consumed me and everything else that had to do with my own desires became useless, I then got into full time ministry and to date I never regret it. I recall a time that came when God audibly spoke to me about His call over my life and with several sermons at a church I was attending speaking to me directly where I would only find myself in the auditorium and everyone else vanished; just me and the preacher and his/her voice sounding like a waterfall. I knew God was speaking directly to me and then when I would come back, I would find myself lying down in front of the auditorium with everyone else having left the service. The burden grew deeper and deeper and the call louder and louder. So I accepted and said, Here I am Lord, use me as you will."
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I diaries everything, but I have learnt and experienced that certain nights I hardly sleep at all being in the spirit and engaging in intercessory prayer and visions. So basically on a normal day I wake up at 5am as I hear a call or urge to pray. I start my day with worship music and I then begin a conversation with the Holy Spirit which leads me to writing the daily inspirations that I share on social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook. I choose and schedule to fast at least once a week and in certain months I fast for a week.
I do a calendar and schedule deliverance prayer sessions every week and I do follow ups on all I would have prayed for to make sure they maintain their deliverance.
I spend most of my day in the closet seeking God and in WORSHIP.
4. What's one book apart from the Bible that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. This book made me understand what my purpose in this life is all about and it motivated me to believe in myself and the calling upon my life giving me the utmost assurance that once I live a life of purpose, I live a fulfilled life. True Leadership is all about living a life of purpose and having to fulfill every assignment that God has assigned you to do and that which you were born and designed by God for.
5. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
The most significant lesson I have learnt is that when the journey gets tough, not everyone that follows you stands with you. You cannot count on people to get you where you want to reach but you can depend on God to get you there.
6. How do you develop a healthy leadership pipeline in a church?
One key I have learnt from the Lord is transparency. From the word go make your vision as clear as possible and set realistic and achievable goals, by so doing those that follow can easily catch the vision and clearly understand where we are going thus be able to lead or channel others the same direction.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a church leader so far?
The most meaningful story is the testimonies that have come out of the teachings I have made and how people's lives got transformed. I clearly remember and saw barrenness dissipating from several couples that had tried for a baby and saving almost broken marriages. This alone became so meaningful that I was placed where I am in leadership for a purpose and in the right season.