National Director of House Fellowship unit of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Tunde Oduwole has enjoined House Fellowship Leaders in the mission to allow their light to shine through good work.
Pastor Oduwole represented by Pastor (Mrs) Sam Kayode made the remarks at the RCCG Region 4 House Fellowship leaders Conference recently held in Ilorin.
Speaking on the theme, “The House Fellowship as a shining light in the neighborhood” Pastor Oduwole stressed the need for good works as a tool for making one’s light shine before men as contained in the book of Matthew 5:16. He described the good works as believer’s love offering, witnessing to the unsaved as well as the actions that is pleasing to God and usually bring blessings to loved ones, friends, neighbours and even enemies. He said it is the signature the whole world expects to see in any true believer.
The National director also used the opportunity to acknowledge the significant roles played by the Pastor-in-charge of the region, the PICPs and the C.G.Os in charge of house fellowship. He appreciated them for their maximum support and creating enabling environment for house fellowship to thrive in the region.
Also speaking at the conference was the Pastor in charge of region 4, Pastor Ezekiel Afolayan who gave thanks to God for making this year’s House Fellowship Conference in the region a reality. In his address, Pastor Afolayan identified the house Fellowship as a unique tool in the realization of the vision of the RCCG especially planting of church within 5minutes walking distance. In his words, the house fellowship has helped in no small measure in advancing this goal as full grown centers have translated into fully fledged parishes and RCCG has consequently become a house hold name all over the world. He urged the leaders as well as the members to keep their light shining.
He however encouraged the conference attendees to take the advantage of the rich messages packaged for this year’s conference and go home as better informed house fellowship leaders and stakeholders to expand and move the department to the next level in the region.
Pastor J.O Obiwusi, Pastor in Charge of Kwara Province 3 who was also one of the resource person at the conference in his lecture titled, “House Fellowship Leader As a Life transformer and Discipler” described leaders of house fellowship as transformers and disciplers through their life style which includes; Godly behavior, genuine love for the fellowship, bible knowledge, presence of the Holy Spirit and follow up strategies. He defined a leader as a man or woman who knows the road, keeps ahead and carries others along. He concluded by describing a transformer as a change agent.
Another resource person at the conference was Pastor Christian Alabi, the PICP Kwara 2 who spoke on the topic “Imparting the neighborhood with the light of Christ”. The man of God identified the following as the means of impartation: compassion, prayers, outreach, witnessing and through the life style of the leader.
The PICP Kwara 4, Pastor J.S Bankole spoke on the topic, “The model House fellowship leader”. He gave the following leadership principle as a necessity for any house fellowship leader who needs to be a good model: hater of sinful living, attaching seriousness and urgency to work, must value time, must be a goal setter, must be prayerful, develop stable character and a large heart. Such person must be sensitive to the needs of his follower, must be accountable to God and men, must be a man and woman of integrity, must never compromise the standard value of the Christian faith among others.
The conference also witnessed in attendance, Pastor Jolayemi, Regional Coordinator, Pastor Oyedunmade, CGO, Kwara 2, Pastor Akindunni I., the CGO H/F Kwara 3, Pastor M.A Akerele, CGO Kwara 4, Pastor Sam Kayode, Kwara 4 H/F Provincial Coordinator, Pastor Fabiyi, Kwara 4 H/F Provincial Coordinator and others. Also featured at the conference were questions and answers which were adequately attended to by the resource personnel.
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