Be susceptible to change, give room for amicable resolution, Pastor Akinyomi tells Ministers at Somolu-Olaleye DCC Leaders' Seminar

By Adeboye Ado 

Ministers and other church leaders have been urged to eschew spiritual stagnancy and be opened to new ideas in order to blend with the latest impeccable trends in the society.

They were also asked to amicably resolve issues in lieu of allowing  problems to degenerate beyond peaceful resolution. 

These pieces of advise was given by the Superintendent of Christ Apostolic Church, Somolu-Olaleye Districts' Coordinating Council (DCC), Pastor Joseph O. Akinyomi at the Leaders' Seminar of CAC Somolu-Olaleye DCC held last Saturday.

At the seminar titled: 'Ministerial Leadership Integrity', the DCC Superintendent, emphasized the need for leader’s approach to change per time so as to align to the wind of change in the society. 

This was even as he specifically urged pastors to change in their ways of thinking and keep hunting for information in their areas of endeavour. 

The one day well-attended all leaders’ seminar featured talks on How to lead with integrity as church leaders and how leaders can maintain integrity in church administration. 

Speaking on “How to Lead with Integrity as Church Leaders”, Pastor Akinyomi noted that the word “Integrity” was the inner sense of wholeness deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character. 

Akinyomi averred that one may judge that others have integrity to the extent that they act according to the values, beliefs, and principle they claim to hold, adding that so many people are in the ministry of the Lord who lack integrity and disloyalty to God and their leaders.

While speaking on the topic “How Can Leaders Maintain Integrity in Church Administration?”, he explained that the centurion in the book of Matthew 8:8-9 made a very important statement to our Lord Jesus Christ. 

He said “for I am also a man under authority”. In other words, he was aware of and appreciates the value of authority. The Centurion knew what it meant to be under authority to someone else.  

“To be under authority means to be accountable to someone. Not being all in all, but submissive, teachable, and responsible to a capable and godly leader. 

He added that it becomes disloyalty to the authority when you now disrespect a leader and you suddenly discover that you are now older, wiser, and better than him financially, intellectually, materially, and spiritually. 

However, he said, “when wealth is lost, nothing is lost. When health is lost something is lost. When character is lost all is lost. Therefore, run away from disloyal spirit, unfaithfulness, dishonesty, and undependable spirit. If you have problem with your leader, try and resolve it amicably. 

The seminar ended with a health talk and check anchored by a facilitator; Pastor Omoleye.

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