THE church ordained a total of 1,825 assistant pastors on the second day of the ongoing 64th national convention currently taking place at the Redemption Camp along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The figure falls short of that of last year. During the 63rd national convention of the church, 2,007 persons were ordained as assistant pastors. No reason was given for this year’s drop.
The service was anchored by the General Overseer with assistance from his wife and other senior pastors of the mission who anointed the men and women of God with the bottles of oil.
The newly ordained ministers dominated by the male folks were charged on the efficacy and power in the name of Jesus Christ.
Admonishing the 1,825 new assistant pastors in a sermon captioned: “Jesus the name above other names,” the founding pastor of Living Water Church, Pastor Joe Olaiya, charged them to crave to know Jesus Christ more, adding that the secret of victory and fruitfulness in ministry and life is hidden in the knowledge of Jesus.
Describing Jesus Christ as the Word, Righteous King, King of Peace, the Lord, Messiah and others, Rev. Olaiya explained that the more a man knows Christ, the better such life will be. He, therefore, advised the congregation to pray earnestly for divine revelation of Christ in their lives.
“The more you know Christ,” Olaiya emphasized, “the better your life. You cannot believe a man more than the way you love him. The more you know Christ, the more you love Him and the more effective He is in your life.”
The cleric then prayed for the new ministers that the name of Jesus will bring forth signs and wonders, miracles, salvation of souls to God’s kingdom as they embark on their various ministerial assignments.
Other programmes, yesterday, included a meeting of the children of God and six group seminars: “Unmarried youth: We will not marry the wrong person; Married Youth: There will be harmony in our homes; Elders: No more sorrows; and Teenagers: We shall be greater than our parents.”.