By SAM EYOBOKA & Olayinka Latona
NEWLY ordained assistant pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, were en-joined to imbibe the basic fundamentals of a high flying eagle, which includes intimacy with Jesus Christ.
Addressing a mammoth crowd of assistant pastors who assembled at the Redemption Camp for their ordination at the ongoing 59th annual convent-ion of the church, the guest minister and one who has been a regular feature at RCCG programmes, Rev. Joe Olaiya, charged the new ministers to be above board.
Drawing inspiration from the theme of the event, ‘With Wings Like An Eagle’, the Kaduna-based man of God who spoke on ‘Anointed to fly’, averred that as eagles, the new ministers must stand out to take the mantle of leadership to different corn-ers of the nation and beyond while establishing kingdom principles everywhere they go.
“You must mount up wings as the eagle to take the gospel to the outermost parts of the world because you have just been recharged with anoint-ing to do exploits, not just for this church but also for the Kingdom of God,” he said.
Olaiya argued that as mini-sters, the new assistant pastors must showcase exemplary lives that is worthy of emu-lation by their flock who, naturally, are expected to see them as role models in every aspect human endeavour, pointing out that they must pursue the vision of the church by taking the gospel to every nation of the world.
On the second day of the ongoing national convention of the RCCG taking place at the Redemption Camp, a huge number of relatives, friends and other well wishers witnessed another round of ordination, but this time it was for assistant pastors in the ministry.
The entire prayer ground of the Holy Ghost Arena was taken up by the new ministers as they filed out for the anointing which symbolizes the official stamp on them to operate in the office of assistant pastors in the mission.
Those ordained were drawn from different parts of the country and a few others from Europe, US and other parts of the world, and they all echoed A-M-E-N as the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye prayed for them in the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
After the service which lasted from 8.30 a.m. to 10.26 a.m. all the congregrants retired to their respective hostels while others, who could not take their bath early in the morning, as a result of the prevailing cold weather condition in the camp, took time off to go and shower in the various public bath-rooms.
There were two other sessions yesterday in the afternoon and in the evening. At 4.30 p.m. there were six group seminars for different age groups which include Youth One which had a discussion on ‘We are bound for the top’; Youth Two were shown ‘A family of high flyers’, while the elders examined ‘A glorious exit.’
Similarly, the teens and twenties treated ‘See you at the mountain top; while for primary school pupils and their JSS counterparts take lessons on ‘Spiritual Eagles’ while their mothers, who are referred to in RRCG circles as Good Women Forum, examined ‘Glorious eagles’
At the time of going to press, the last session for Day Two, the Welcome Service (Plen-ary Session 1) was holding.
Bible College graduation
ANOTHER batch of ministers in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, who have completed a programme of study at various campuses of the church Bible college are expected to file out this morning for their graduation ceremony and award of certificates.
According to the programme of events this group of ministers who have fulfilled one of the conditions for ordination in the church will be passing out at about 8.30 a.m. at the Holy Ghost Arena to flag off activities for the third day of the convention. It is mandatory for every minister in RCCG to pass through the Redeemed Christian Bible College, RCBC, as a prerequisite for ordination.
The programme which will be followed by 14 special seminars weaved around the convention theme, is expected to be presided over by the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.