The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has ordained 12,811 deacons, deaconesses and 4,060 assistant pastors at its 67 Annual Convention which kicked off at the Redemption Camp on Monday with the theme “And God Said”.
Describing the 2019 Convention as mighty and prophetic one, never seen before, Enoch Adeboye, the general overseer of the church, had in July promised participants some of the first things God said to man.
God said to man “he is blessed, he will be fruitful, multiply and have dominion”.
Adeboye prophesised that participants who have challenges in those areas of live will have be relieved of them at the Convention.
On Monday morning, the 12, 811 deacons and deaconesses were ordained in the tradition of the church.
The church’s national overseer, Joseph Obayemi, presented the candidates to the General Overseer for ordination to help in the growth of the church and in service to God.
The candidates were so many that the ordination was done in batches with senior ministers taking turns to lay hands on them. The number of ordainees yesterday, is 1,563 higher than the figure of last year when the Pastor Adeboye ordained 11,258 deacons and deaconesses, drawn from various parishes of the church.
Explaining the process of ordination, Adeboye said, “In the Redeemed Christian Church of God ordination is done by laying of hands, proclamation and prayers,”
The candidates filed out in batches for hand-laying by Adeboye’s senior assistants.
Making the proclamation later, he said, “Every time God speaks, it is a declaration of His will, power and purpose concerning the situation. He always says what he means and means what he says. He is never ambiguous or deceptive. You can bet on every word from him. Jesus is dependable and will not lie nor deceive.”
“Therefore, every word of God spoken to you or read from the scriptures is infallible, it cannot be stopped, it cannot be hindered, and it cannot be broken.”
“We ordain you as deacons and deaconesses in the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
“The Almighty himself will overshadow you; the Holy Spirit will be your strength; whatever you ask to come will come; whatever you ask to go will go.
“You will not fall; you will not fail. God Himself will use you for His Glory; and in the Kingdom of God you will not be found missing.”
He also prayed for them.
The ordination of the assistant pastors, this morning, followed the same pattern, while the ordination of 1,885 as Full Pastors will hold on Sunday.
The ordination exercise was one of the resolutions of the governing council of The RCCG at the end of the 2018/2019 calendar year.
Other resolutions included:
- Transfers of pastors and others this year
- Sunday School Teachers to meet only fortnightly now to prepare for Sunday School (Prep) for two weeks so that they can be free on two Saturdays of the month to go for Evangelism.
- This also applies to the Choir – they will be meeting fortnightly.
- “Part Timers” cannot rise beyond the Post of “Special Assistant to the General Overseer” (SATGO) in terms of promotion
- “Full Timers” can even rise to become the General Overseer
- The Establishment of seventeen new provinces and one new region. Because the “West Coast” of Africa is quite large; it will be further divided into three Sections/Regions with each manned by a SATGO.
- The Northern Part of Nigeria to be broken to North West, North Central and North Eastbecause of the workload in the Northern part of Nigeria.
In a short sermon on Monday night, Adeboye reminded workers of the church and House Fellowship leaders of God’s recognition of their contribution and His reward for them.
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