From:Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The President of United Church Of Christ in Nations (UCCN) popularly known as HEKAN Rev. Amos G. Kiri has said there must be discipline in the house of God and Pastors must steer the affairs of the Church with the fear of God; knowing that one day, they will give account of their stewardship.
He gave the charge yesterday, during the Ordination Service Of the Newly Promoted Pastors in Kaduna.
According to him as Pastor of a congregation, they should teach their members to live a disciplined life, because respect, they say, is earned.
He cautioned the newly promoted Pastor that for them to be respected they must first and foremost respect themselves.
“ The need for healthy, stable and discipline congregation cannot be over-emphasized.
“Therefore, chaos, sectionalism, tribalism and discrimination must not find a place in the body of Christ.
“You must stand firm against such vices of the Devil. You must rebuke and discipline erring members so that their souls can be saved.
“You will recalled that on 6th October, 2019 we gathered here and ordained some of our clergies who found favour with God.
“ And by the special grace of God, today another set of clergies will be ordained,” he recalled.
He cautioned the new reverends to always put God first in whatever they do.
“Today, you will be leaving back home as freshly ordained Reverends. While rejoicing for attaining this level, remember to honour God with your new title. God has elevated you to this position to glorify himself in all your daily endeavours.
“Don’t ever think that been ordained as a Reverend means you have “arrived” or the final level you can go. Consider your elevation today as the beginning of another level of work.
“In other words, all of you that will be ordained in a short while must know that more responsibilities will be added to your normal work more than when you were Catechists.
“Therefore, you must be proactive in your approach to your work schedules. Improvement of your handling of Church affairs must be noticeable by all.
“Your quality of preaching, teaching, leading and management of God’s flock entrusted to you must change for the better.
“Your families, relations, friends and the Church will be watching you expectantly for positive changes. Don’t disappoint them.
“As you put on the priestly robe and collar from today, many will congratulate and praise you, advice and counsel you.
“I must however warn you against sycophants and about whom and where you go to seek knowledge and advice or counsel.”