Unknown to many, Omoba Bisi Odukoya, a Sup. Evang. was part of the people that eventually quenched the ‘inferno’ at a parish of the church located at Clapham, UK, over some proven and unproven allegations of misconduct brought against the shepherd in- charge, Adigun
Before his letter, Omoba Bisi called to intimate us about his intention to write an open letter to us to bring a closure to the Clapham Parish saga and other sundry issues concerning the leadership of the church.
See the letter below:
Calvary Greetings to all and sundry on this platform and within our notable church. I had being following various reports and comments on this social forum “Celestial News Online” and I’m inundated with them, especially the Clapham Parish Episode, which I will hereby analyse as it is a microcosm of the entire Celestial Church of Christ worldwide.
As a quick recap, it is an issue of the shepherd being accused of certain wrong doings by the Church Management Committee and eventually, the Head of the Church wades in to mediate.
Before some of us start to criticise that church affairs cannot and should not be directed by cognitive knowledge (ogbon ori), let me remind you of Paul’s instructions mandating the appointment of management committee and his reasons. This clearly identifies that there is a thin line demarcation between Paul’s assignment (church spiritual leader) and those he suggested to appoint (management committee).
We should all be reminded that the effect of Holy Spirit was first felt during the ‘hideout’ of the disciples at the upper room. In practical sense, they ran there for fear of what authorities could do for them since their Master had been crucified. There would have been various differences but they had to put those issues behind them and work in one accord. This ability to eschew differences and embrace unity ushers in the descent of Holy Spirit.
Many pastors and shepherds tend to compare their decision making with that of Papa. They need to be reminded that they can NEVER move closer to his tactics because although there may be many pastors after him, there can never be another Founder of CCC.
Papa in his days combined both spiritual and management assignment because he was Rev Pastor Prophet which are (Spiritual) according to Paul Apostle. Papa was also the Founder (visioner/enterpreneur/chairman) of the ‘organisation’, hence he is responsible for the management. He called on ‘learned members’ to set up a proper structure, in form of constitution but we were left with only ‘history book’. Papa tactically relinquished his management power -Founder by declaring publicly that pastoral seat is not by seniority or heredity.
With the Clapham saga, I should believe that shepherds at various parishes should not get involved with the parish’s physical cash but adequate records.
To be continued…….
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