I have worked for other ministries, pastors and religious leaders. I’ll give you a warning: when they say, “This is my advice“, they usually mean, “These are my orders!”
It is inappropriate to give orders in the church, ministries, and most religious movements or organizations anymore. So the way it is circumvented is by saying it is advice. Now, advice you can take or leave. Orders you can’t. What I learned though is that you can’t take or leave advice either. You will get the boot if you don’t take it.
Many pastors, ministers, priests, Imams and other leaders simply can’t bear it if you don’t take their advice. Because in their minds this advice is not just a good suggestion, but the right thing to do. And if you don’t do the right thing, well… you’re doing something wrong. You’re going against the direction, recommendation, counsel, wishes and instructions of the authorities.
If your boss, pastor or leader gives you advice, it’s probably an order. Remember that.