By SAM EYOBOKA & OLAYINKA LATONA
EIGHT hundred and eighty-six persons who have been screened, tested and proven will this morning have the rare privilege of being specially anointed as pastors by one of the two most influential religious leaders in the world today, Pastor Enoch Adeboye to end this year’s annual convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG.
The number of pastors is 171 above the figure of last year when 715 full pastors were ordained to end that year’s convention.
The process of ordination in RCCG is simple but very profound. It entails the pouring of anointing oil on the head, laying of hands and the proclamation: ‘In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I ordain you pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God…”
The 886 candidates who have been thoroughly pre-pared are expected to file out at 8.30 this morning for the once-in-a-lifetime exercise that will qualify them for pastoral ministry even if some of them have already been acting in that capacity.
That ordination exercise will immediately be followed by the farewell service; and at about 10.00 a.m. participants can begin to head to their various distinations.
The General Overseer will this morning lay hands on the 886 candidates as part of the expansion programme of the church which had continued to grapple with manpower challenges for the numerous number of parishes springing up in every nook and cranny of the country and beyond.
The vision of Pastor Adeboye is to plant parishes of the RCCG within five minutes walking distance in every city and town of developing countries and within five minutes driving distance in every city and town of developing countries.
“We will pursue these objectives until every nation in the world is reached for the Lord Jesus Christ,” he has said.
The harvest is big but the labourers are few, which is why more and more ministers are required to cater for the huge number of converts attending the church’s numerous programmes.
Attempts by our reporters get the number of persons who made decisions for Christ on a daily basis during this year’s convention proved abortive as counsellors and other senior pastors approached declined information in that direction despite the FoI law.
The theme of this year’s convention, which has been described as the most unique event in over 60-year history of the church, is ‘JESUS’ and going by the few testimonies that were allowed, indeed it will go down in the annals of the church history as the most impactful spiritual fiesta ever.
The event featured a variety of programme for the deve-lopment of the total man. There were special seminars, group seminars, special events for different grades, deliverance service, service of songs, holy communion and the flagship of the convention, the Holy Ghost service on Friday night which was attended by over seven mill-ion people.
Pastor Adeboye had earlier assured all and sundry that the 2013 convention would be an unforgetable moment for those who are focussed, prayerful, determined and who would avoid sinful acts.