|Pastor Myles Munroe with His Son and Daughter|
|RIP: Pic of those on board|
In the Bahamas, the 60-year-old Munroe was the senior pastor of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International Fellowship. He was also a best-selling author and popular speaker and was well known in American charismatic circles, even if his name might not be as familiar as that of American Bishop T.D. Jakes, with whom Munroe often appeared.
Munroe’s sermons often addressed leadership, relationships and personal growth. In a devotional on Munroe’s site, the pastor says: “The greatest tragedy in life is not death but life without a purpose — life with the wrong priorities.”
Munroe’s wife, Ruth, and seven others also died in the crash at Grand Bahama International Airport on Sunday. On Monday, the AP reported that “severe weather was likely a factor” in the crash.
Heavy rain was buffeting the region when the Lear 36 Executive Jet struck a shipping container crane in Freeport as it tried to land, Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell said. Mitchell said that a commercial Bahamasair flight making the same route, from Nassau to Freeport, had turned back because it was unable to land around the same time as the flight carrying the Rev. Myles Munroe and several members of his Bahamas Faith Ministries.
|''When writing YOUR history make sure no one else is holding the pen."~Myles Munroe Great man, great words!|
It is not clear, at this point, what the ministry’s plans are going forward. Fox News reported that some of Munroe’s advisers plan to continue with the ministry.
In the short term, at least one prominent conference guest confirmed that he would address conference-goers — along with those who purchased $150 pay-per-view access to watch from afar.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Andrew Young, a well-known pastor and former U.S.
congressman, mayor of Atlanta and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Young would address the conference “as scheduled.” At Munroe’s request, the statement said, Young planned to speak about “the Price of Leadership.”
“To reflect on the words of Martin Luther King when he said if there is something worth fighting for, it’s worth dying for — Myles Munroe died fighting for his country,” Bahamian Tourism Minister Obediah Wilchcombe said during the Global Leadership Forum’s opening session, according to an official government news release.
Wilchcombe added: “Our hearts are broken, but we understand that he is in a better place. … Use this conference to think of your own life and the things that we ought to do to advance the lives of others.”
Although Munroe was best known internationally as a motivational Christian speaker, he was also an outspoken and influential conservative voice on social issues in his mostly Christian home country. In September, in response to Bahamas Pride Weekend, the pastor released a lengthy statement condemning LGBT activists for “hijacking” the civil rights movement.
“I think the attempt to equate the historical civil rights movement with the demands for the right to dignify, glorify, and accept as normal the practice of a lifestyle that could render the human race, for which they scarified, extinct is illogical, dishonest, and is the abuse of the blood and imprisonment of many,” the statement said.
Viewers of Pat Roberton’s “700 Club” will no doubt recognize Munroe, who frequently appeared on the program as a guest. As the Christian Broadcasting Network noted in a report on Munroe’s death, the pastor once joked that “Bahamas is where God lives and He visits America often.”
A mentor to many and leadership coach to business and government leaders around the world, Dr. Munroe, who once said, “the passion of my life: to help as many people as possible, of every nation, race, creed, or social status, to discover their true leadership potential” leaves behind a very powerful and enduring legacy:
- “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.”
- “I exist to transform followers into leaders. My philosophy is, trapped in every follower is a leader. My belief is, if that person is placed in the right environment, the leader will manifest herself or himself.”
- “Every human heart cries and yearns for the same thing: a chance to fulfill his or her own dreams and desires. Even the poorest man has a dream.”
- “Paradoxically, freedom requires the need to impose control on self, require more responsibility than slavery, and the decision to accept a destiny of freedom, recognizing the process and discipline that personal and political freedom require.”
- “The greatness of a man is measured by the way he treats the little man. Compassion for the weak is a sign of greatness.”
- “People generally fall into one of three groups: the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens. Every person is either a creator of fact or a creature of circumstance. He either puts color into his environment, or, like a chameleon, takes color from his environment.”
- “We are a sum total of what we have learned from all who have taught us, both great and small.”
- “The original purpose for a product determines its design, composition, capacity, and potential. Purpose may be defined as “original intent” or “reason for creation.”
- “We are smarter not wiser, we live longer but not healthier, we have more but enjoy less, we go to the moon but not go home.”
- “To exercise leadership, you must believe that you are inherently a leader.”
- “Leader is not a right, but it is a privilege given by the followers.”
- “There is nothing as powerful as an IDEA. Everything created began as an idea. Ideas created and controls the world. Pursue divine ideas.”
- “Your existence is evidence that this generation needs something that your life contains.”
- “Purpose is when you know and understand what you were born to accomplish. Vision is when you see it in your mind and begin to imagine it.”
- “The wealthiest places in the world are not gold mines, oil fields, diamond mines or banks. The wealthiest place is the cemetery. There lies companies that were never started, masterpieces that were never painted… In the cemetery there is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential. There is a treasure within you that must come out. Don’t go to the grave with your treasure still within YOU.”
- “Circumstances and crises are God’s tools to move you into your purpose and the maximizing of your potential.”
- “The Creator caused to be inherent in each created entity – including the apex of his creation, mankind – everything it needs to fulfill its original purpose. The original purpose for mankind, defined and established by the Creator, was to “rule (have dominion) over all the earth”. Since the word ‘dominion’ in this case means to reign and rule, the Creator wired ALL human beings with the capacity and natural ability to lead.”
- “Death can never kill an idea. Ideas are more powerful than death. Ideas outlive men and can never be destroyed.”
Dr. Myles Munroe's son can be greater than his Father though it is more than passing through fire. Strength to him in Jesus name !