The week-long convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) at the twin sites of Redemption Camp, Lagos, ended last Sunday with the ordination of 47 honourary elders and 1,037 full pastors of the church.
Also, as at 7 a.m. that Sunday, 106 babies – 60 boys and 46 girls – had been delivered at the church’s facilities at the camp.
Honourary elders are members of the church who are so honoured for loyalty, service, and performance, on the recommendation of their provinces.
Earlier on in the convention, 8,222 Deacons and Deaconesses, as well as 2,236 Assistant Pastors were ordained.
The ordination of the elders and pastors on Sunday followed the same pattern as earlier ordinations. The candidates were formally presented to the General Overseer, Enoch Adeboye, who welcomed and prayed for them.
They were then anointed with oil by leaders of the church and proclaimed by Mr. Adeboye: “We ordain you as pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost” he proclaimed.
”The Almighty will fill you with the Holy Spirit…., you will not fall, you will not fail. God will use you for his glory; He will fight for you…”
That was followed by a ministration by Assistant General Overseer, Johnson Odeshola, titled, “When we get to heaven.”
He stressed that going to heaven, which the pastors should not miss, takes holiness; and readiness to pay the price by doing God’s will and being obedient go to Him.
The next session of the double-headed ceremony was a thanksgiving service, which began with a call by a retired AGO, G.A. Ilori, to give glory to God for a successful convention.
_ “We have had opportunity to praise God and He has done wonderful things in our lives,” he noted.
Thanksgiving offering was given by Mr. Adeboye, his family and the entire congregation. Prayers were offered by the 90-year-old Deputy General Overseer, Pa Abiona.
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