By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona
Pastors-in-charge of regions to have assistants
New position equivalent to that of regional pastors
More promotions coming
LAGOS—THE Governing Council of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG has appointed two special assistants for the wife of the General Overseer, Pastor (Mrs.) Foluke Adeboye. They are Pastor (Mrs.) Shola Balogun until recently the Pastor-in-Charge of Province 34 and Pastor Deola Mensa until recently Pastor-in-Charge of Province 15 with headquarters in Surulere, Lagos.
The General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye reiterating the announcement at a council meeting Monday night on the opening day of the 65th annual convention of the church, after a meeting of the Governing Council of the church, the highest organ of the church, said their new positions are equivalent to that of regional pastors.
The RCCG Governing Council, the highest organ of the church is made up of 18 members, with Pastor Adeboye as chairman. Other members include Pastors David G. Kuo, Ezekiel Odeyemi, Elijah Daramola, Gbadebo Lawal, Joseph Obayemi, Johnson Odesola and Remi Obayemi.
Adeboye also announced the promotion of the National Youth Pastor, Pastor Belemina Obunge to the rank of an Assistant General Overseer, adding that there will be more promotions in the church hierarchy this new year because the Governing Council has just approved the creation of more provinces in the country which will give room for more Pastors-in-charge of such new provinces.
New Assistant Pastors and the Provinces
In addition to the heads of such provinces, he asserted, there will also be new assistant Pastors-in-charge of such provinces. He also announced that Pastors-in-charge of Regions will henceforth have assistants, pointing out they will have a co-ordinator in the person of the National Overseer, Pastor Joseph Obayemi.
Displeased by rising cases of corruption in the country and the church, the General Overseer sounded a note of warning to staff of the church at the convention which regarded as the annual general meeting of a corporate organisation, saying that henceforth any auditor who asks for gratification when they come to do their work, the ministers should blow the whistle by giving the names of the auditor, amount and when given, so that such would be dealt with.
According to him, the same applies to National Elders who do the same thing when they go to investigate issues.
Announcing new policy directions of the church to position it for the expected unprecedented growth, Pastor Adeboye urged young male members of the church who are qualified to marry, with good qualifications and jobs to go and marry in order to stop our daughters from being married by Muslims.
As expected there will be mass transfers of pastors in the mission this year, he said, adding that any pastors who have spent three years in their current location shall be moved.
Doubling of membership
On the issue of growth in line with the mission’s dream of doubling its membership, he said some regional and provincial pastors who have not measured up in their records were looked into were recommended for sack, but the Governing Council prevailed on Him (G.O.) to temper justice with mercy and have given such ministers another chance of one year.
In the meantime they would be demoted to an acting capacity, stressing “if after at the end of next year, they do not measure up, they shall be removed. If they do well, they will remain. What that means is that they have been demoted.”
According to the 75-year old General Overseer, the mission’s School of Discipleship should be taken much more seriously, stressing that there would be nothing like accelerated SOD again, “all those who passed out of the school without doing manual labour should go back to the basics where manual labour was the integral part of it.”
He emphasised the need for manual labour for disciples, stating that “the hand that cannot do manual labour cannot heal the sick,” just he stressed the need for every member of RCCG to take the annual evangelical Programme tagged Lets Go A-fishing must be emphasised.
“It’s not for fun. Let’s Go A-fishing is a programme God gave us to reach to people who are relaxing during festive seasons and win them to Christ,” he said, maintaining that if we are going to have dominion we have a price to pay.
He also told the church members that from the new year, every third Sunday will be devoted to the teaching of church doctrines and the purpose is that with the expected explosion of membership there is need to prepare committee members who will train the won souls.
Sources close to the church told our reporter that the mission now has presence in more than 195 countries, with over 32,000 parishes in Nigeria. There are over 730 branches in the UK and Ireland.
5,658 graduate from Bible College
As part of its manpower development in preparation 5,658 persons yesterday graduated from the Redeemed Christian Bible College, RCBC. The graduation ceremony on the third day of the on-going 65th annual convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, with the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye as visitor, started at 8.00 a.m. when the graduands filed out.
According to the Provost of the school, Pastor Babatunde Adedibu, the graduands were drawn from different campuses within and outside the country who received certificates in accordance with their course of study and duration of their programmes. Some graduated with doctorate degrees, others with masters, bachelors and diploma certificates.
He further explained that the RCBC is part of manpower development programme of the fast growing Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG.
In his words: “Redeemed Christian Bible College is responding positively to forces of globalization and migration by appropriating technological approach in the delivery of theological education. Online programme of the College is attracting a lot of attention across the globe, we are having students from Australia, North America, Greece, United Kingdom, some of these ones are graduating with us today.
Building a legacy
“We are committed to enhancing and building on the legacy we inherited from the preceding administration. To this end, we have completed the construction of our ultra-modern hostel for our female students and we are building with the future in mind,” he said, calling on past students of the college to contribute to the development.
Extending fatherly blessings to the graduands, the Bible College and its lecturers, the general overseer of the church, Pastor Adeboye prayed that the graduands will not leave the school with an ordinary certificate but with God’s auction and power, adding that God will use them mightily for His Kingdom work.
Earlier on the opening day, the mission ordained over 8,230 deacons and deaconesses to assist the leadership pilot the affairs of the church.
At exactly 8.50 a.m. Pastor Adeboye made the familiar pronouncement: “I ordain you deacon and deaconess in the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the name of God the Father, God the son and God the Holy Ghost. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose will be loosed in heaven.”
That declaration preceded the laying of hands by senior ministers of the church on the candidates who had maintained a rare spiritual discipline in the last couple of days leading to yesterday’s exercise.
Adeboye admonished them to give priority attention to the Word of God and pray in their individual lives and ministry for them to do exploits in their various callings, stressing that a true minister of God, no matter what title he/she chooses, must be one who has the capacity to maintain his/her home.
Admonishing newly ordained ministers
President/founder of Doulos Ministries, Pastor Charles Achonwa, in a short sermon after the ordination also admonished the newly ordained ministers exhibit the training they have received over the years, saying to reach “your goal in ministry you need the grace to bear shame, pain and maintain your reputation.”
Drawing inspiration from the Bible, Achonwa stressed that JESUS has said that every knee must bow at the name of Jesus, but challenged them on “how many knees will bow because of you? As a soldier of the Cross you must strive to do all within your means to be part of the army that will make all knees bow before the name of the Lamb.”
Pastor Achonwa explained that for any minister of God to enjoy the fullness of God, he/she must allow the Word of God to change his/her attitude, lifestyle and also activate it in his/her individual lives, pointing out that the minister who lacks the passion to conquer cannot go beyond a mediocrity.
“On the second day, 2,236 persons were ordained as assistant pastors. T?he candidates were officially presented by? RCCG? National Overseer,? Pastor Joseph Obayemi?, after the opening prayers. The cleric invited them to the altar where the?y received blessings? from elders and leaders of the church.
After the formal ordination, Rev. Joe Olaiya in a message titled; ‘The God of all Flesh,’? charged them not to disappoint God but be led by His spirit always, warning that those who choose to operate with other spirits would be rejected by God.