"Home building is critical for ministers in times like this," Cleric tells congregation at CACTS Ile-Ife Convocation Spouses' Seminar


Matron Florence Omolola Fayokun

By Boluwatife Oparinde and Olamilekan Adebisi

As part of the plans to ensure the graduands experience ease in the ministry, the authorities of Christ Apostolic Church Theological Seminary (CACTS) Main Campus, Opa Ile Ife organized several edifying, educational, qualitative and spiritual programmes for the graduating students and guests.

One of such programmes is the Spouses’ Seminar organized for the unmarried and married graduands which was aimed at ensuring and emphasizing the place of godly homes in the ministry. 

The Provost of the Seminary, Pastor Prof. C.O. Oshun, who welcomed the staying students, graduands and their spouses to the Seminar held at the college’s auditorium on Tuesday, 23rd November, 2021; besought the audience to pay particular attention to the message; stating that, “I believe the secrets to success is why you are here.”

The Guest Speaker, Matron Florence Omolola Fayokun who premised the session on the call for the manifestation of God’s presence, ministered on the topic, “Managing the Family in Times Like This.” According to her, it is a timely and essential teaching for the ministers of God.

Lady Evangelist Fayokun, who is also a retired Chief Matron at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHC) admitted that, “the home is one of the difficult things to manage;” hence, “if you are to manage your home effectively, you need the Spirit of God.”

Sharing practical experiences of her marriage, the matron implied that the present times are times that strange women are looking for men to seduce and destroy their homes which calls for caution, carefulness and watchfulness. 

The speaker, who placed strong emphasis on the statement, “others can do it but I cannot,” emphasized the place of consecration for ministers, their wives and children as they cannot do the ills that others practice in the society today. 

According to the resource person, “marriage is individualistic. Place your marriage beside the Bible and walk according to what is therein. Husbands and wives have their own responsibilities according to the Bible. The word of God supersedes every culture so we must place our homes on the word of God.”

She also stated the ways to handle the family in times like this as, “checking if your salvation is still valid; genuine repentance and conversion; total separation from the world; knowledge of the word of God; aspiration to be filled with the Spirit of God all the time; being prayerful; and the fear the Lord.”

In identifying the various means by which ministers can train their children, the matron urged her audience to, “provide for the needs of their children accordingly and give them good education; teach them how to have good manners at home, church and in their environment; teach them how to do house chores; when to wake up; teach them how to respect elders; teach them how to dress well; watch the kind of people that they move with; watch the kind of outings your children attend.”

“We must not have children who would not be useful vessels unto God in the ministry. Let them join a church based workforce. Help your children fulfill all of God’s promises and plans for their lives,” she added.

In his closing remarks, the Provost, Prof. Oshun appreciated the Guest Speaker for being analytical and for being God’s agent for “the healing in our marriages and homes,” furthering that, “the change in your family begins with you. You must be ready to walk with the Word of God.”

After the seminar was a special Holy Communion Service which was presided over by the Provost.

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