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Major Shake-up Hits RCCG: Retirement Age Of Church’s Pastors Pegged At 70, National Overseer Retired + Other Major Decisions – Naijanewsdirect

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has announced some major changes in the Church. The changes include the retirement of the Church’s National Overseer, Pastor Joseph Obayemi. Adeboye made the announcement while addressing RCCG Ministers on Sunday, 7 August, 2022. He hinted also that the person that would take over from him as the General Overseer will be a young man. The RCCG which is currently celebrating its 70th anniversary was established in 1952 by Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi who passed on in 1980. Adeboye has served in the position of General Overseer for more than 40 years and still counting. In December 2016, Pastor Adeboye appointed Pastor Obayemi as the church’s Overseer in Nigeria. Obayemi was given an additional portfolio to serve as the Overseer of the RCCG in North Africa in 2021. He was also addressed as an Officer-in-charge of Nigeria. But Pastor Adeboye announced his retirement along with some others during the Ministers’ Conference. Obayemi is in his 70s. Adeboye disclosed that the retirement age for all RCCG pastors will now be pegged at 70 years. He said however that some of them may be given lesser roles after retirement. Pastor Sunday Akande is to replace Obayemi as the RCCG National Overseer. He will serve for a period of two years while Pastor Kalu Ndukwe will serve as the Overseer of the Africa Continent. Adeboye said the position of the National Overseer of the church will now be on a two-year tenure basis while the pastor occupying the position will operate from the redemption camp. All churches in the camp would henceforth report to him. He will also represent Pastor Adeboye in special assignments. Also affected by the changes is Pastor Johnson Odesola who had been in charge of the Administration and Personnel of the Church. He was relieved of the

RCCG Pastor To Christians: “It’s Not Enough To Pray, Collect PVC and Vote” – Naijanewsdirect

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has underscored the need for people especially Christians to rise and vote during elections and not only to pray. Pastor Timothy Olaniya, Deputy Rector, Redeemed College of Technology, Redemption Camp, made the call on Sunday during a seminar organised by the Directorate of Politics and Governance, RCCG, Oyo Province 1. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the seminar held in Ibadan  and had as its theme: “Nigeria Politics and Governance: The Church Approach”. Olaniya, also the Pastor in Charge of RCCG Lagos Provincial 12, remarked that the era was gone when the church would only pray and relax without taking further steps to vote. “The church has prayed and will keep on praying as part of its Christian responsibility for the nation. “But after praying, we cannot just sit down. Prayer will not use leg to go and collect PVC and vote, it will take people to rise up and do so. “Christians should rise, let’s see how God will use us to rescue our country,” he said. Olaniya said the RCCG was following the directions of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) to raise a department for politics and governance. “The Foursquare Gospel Church, Deeper Life, Redeemed Evangelical Mission and others have also started to establish the department. “All over the 36 states, we have gotten the Directorate already under the CAN and PFN, not only the RCCG,” he said. He remarked on the need for the country to have leaders who are ready to serve selflessly with contentment, like Daniel in the Bible. “We need people who will make a difference, be trusted with money and power without compromise. “Christians in politics must do the work righteously and maintain their integrity, more importantly, we must not leave prayers outside what we do to be divinely

Pastor Adeboye Says, “Cry If You Wish But Don’t Cry For Pastor Dee, He Is Resting In Glory” – Naijanewsdirect

During the Farewell Service in honour of his late son at the Youth Centre, Redemption Camp, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye admonished christians to cry if they wish but shouldn’t cry for pastor Dee (as Dare is fondly called) because he is resting in glory.   It was the first time Adeboye would speak on his son’s death. He spoke on Tuesday in a pre-recorded message played during the Farewell Service in honour of his late son at the Youth Centre, Redemption Camp, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Dare was buried in the presence of friends, family and church members on Tuesday afternoon. Speaking at the farewell service, his 79-year-old father said, “Cry if you wish but don’t cry for pastor Dee (as Dare is fondly called) because he is resting in glory. Cry because you are the one still fighting the battle. Anyone who has caught a glimpse of heaven will not be crying for Pastor Dee because there is no comparison between heaven and earth. But then fight courageously because, on the resurrection morning, we shall meet again.” “I want you to know that God who knows the end from the beginning knew long before the foundations of the world that what has happened was going to happen. And because his word is forever settled, he said all things work together for good to them that love God. We may not understand now, but what has happened is going to work out for our good.   “In one of his sermons, Dare himself said God does not need a visa to pay you a visit or to do whatever he wants to do in your life.   “And I have told you before, death is not a function of age. Young people die, old people die, children die. And it

Presidency Replies Pastor Adeboye, “We Will Not Be Intimidated Into Making Hasty Decisions” – Naijanewsdirect

The Nigerian Presidency on Monday, insisted that it would not be intimidated into making hasty decisions over the issue of restructuring that has been prescribed by many as the solution to the Nigeria’s disunity.   This was in reaction to the recent call by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and some national leaders for the country to be restructured.   Pastor Adeboye while preaching last Sunday, at a symposium in Lagos, had posited that Nigeria must restructure or risk disintegration.   But in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Presidency cautioned that such utterances are unpatriotic and unhelpful.   The nation’s seat of power said rather than make any decision that would not be in the interest of the nation, the president would only consider working with the legislature on such issues of national concerns. “The presidency responds to the recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country with factions giving specific timelines for the president to do one thing or another or else. In their language, ‘the nation will break up’.   “This is to warn that such unpatriotic outbursts are both unhelpful and unwarranted as this government will not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time when the nation’s full attention is needed to deal with the security challenges facing it at a time of the Covid-19 health crisis.   “Repeat: this administration will not take any decision against the interests of 200 million Nigerians, who are the president’s first responsibility under the constitution, out of fear or threats especially in this hour of a health crisis.   “The president as an elected leader under this constitution, will continue to work with patriotic Nigerians, through and in line with the parliamentary processes to finding solutions to