By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The National President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and President Nigerian Baptist Convention Rev. Dr Samson Ayokunle has enjoined the seventh pastor of First Baptist Church, Suru-Lere, Ilorin, Rev. Dr ‘Yinka Ololade to embrace the sacrificial style of leadership in discharging of his pastoral duties.
Ayokunle said for him (Ololade) to be a good steward of Christ, he must preach the gospel, serve the Lord with faithfulness, and manage the resources well.
The CAN president gave the charge at the Induction Service for Rev.Dr and Mrs ‘Yinka Ololade and Dedication of the new ultra-Modern Security house and fence held on Saturday.
Ayokunle spoke on a topic “Imitating Christ in Pastoral Ministry” with text from 1Cor.4:1-4.
“I urge you to be a servant leader,as it is a sacrifice to be a leader, be a steward of Christ, preach the gospel always, serve the Lord with faithfulness, Manage well the resources of God
“A leadership position is an opportunity which comes with various responsibilities, one needs to know the way of God properly, I urge you, Rev Dr Ololade to guide the position jealously.
“Worship God fearfully, work in humility, but don’t compromise the truth, take every decision in the attitude of prayers, be guided in the Lord,” he urged.
Ayokunle enjoined the congregation to embrace a more prayerful life and allow love to be the motivating power of church relationships.
The President disclosed that the Nigerian Baptist Convention is building a 37,000 auditorium capacity in the South-west region of the country, promising that of the North and South-East will be built.
Speaking briefly on Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), he disclosed that the 606 pages law have been carefully examined and the religious bodies seek amendment with the National Assembly.
“On CAMA Law, we seek amendment on the part of church Management, which is under discussion. We have been asked to write our requests and submit to the National Assembly, which has been done,” he added.
Speaking with newsmen, the newly inducted Pastor, Rev.Dr ‘Yinka Ololade said his first point of call is to make the church grow spiritually, to develop the social amenities where a genuine encounter with God will be easier
“As the Lord has laid it on my mind, the Educational, Health and spiritual matters are my main focus”.
He is optimistic that, before leaving, the church would have experienced unprecedented transformation to the glory of God.
In her goodwill message, Mrs Sarah Olakanmi, a church member who doubles as Church Secretary, prayed to God continue to lead him and for wisdom to be able to lead the people of God, urged him to work in the midst of the people of God with love and faithfulness as she wished him well in the journey ahead.