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It is a new dawn in the body of Christ in Lagos State, and Nigeria at large, as the church, more than ever before, is making itself ready for God’s divine visitation.
This is evident in the well-laid out programmes that will usher in new wave of spiritual awakening and unprecedented revival that will break all denominational barriers and empower the church for the challenges of this end-time.
“It is such a revival that will spur us to effectively fulfil Christ’s mandate of world evangelisation and get believers ready for heaven. We must arise, set aside all denominational divide and inhibition in response to the Spirit’s call for this crisis hour, and really, it is a crisis hour,” Alexander Bamgbola, chairman Lagos State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said enthusiastically as he rolled out series of programmes that will herald the heavenly outpouring.
According to Bamgbola, the coming events are direct offshoot of a recent ministers’ development and networking summit convened by the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, William Folorunso Kumuyi, aimed at equipping church leaders for kingdom expansion.
Recall that the summit brought together about 20, 000 ministers from all denominations in Lagos for edification, equipping and empowerment of the church leaders.
The CAN chairman, Lagos State, recalled that “The summit delivered on its promise as it is already yielding positive results.”
According to him, “To sustain this momentum, we have decided to leverage this positive development by putting in place networking support programmes that aim at further integrating and empowering the body of Christ.”
He further said that the convener of the summit, Pastor Kumuyi, has volunteered to put in time, financial and spiritual resources to help in this regard.
Bamgbola expressed the optimism that the church and its ministers stand to benefit from the networking support programme, which, he noted, “is the first phase of the church-based networking support programme designed to stimulate genuine revival and growth among the clergy, laity and across churches.”
He disclosed that Pastor Kumuyi has agreed to move from church to church throughout the local governments in Lagos on weekly basis, preaching and teaching from the pulpits of such denominations.
Bamgbola urged interested churches to get in touch with the local CAN chairman to work out arrangements on how they could key into the programme.
The programme, he announced, is scheduled to hold every Wednesday at 6pm, starting from July 10, 2019, and that every edition will be hosted by different churches across the LGAs in Lagos and will be transmitted in real time to all connected churches across the country.
Bamgbola urged CAN-member churches to take advantage of the programme to draw traffic, lead people to Christ, and also retain the people in the church; “that is the goal,” he said.
Announcing another networking programme, the leadership development programme, that he believed would be beneficial to the body of Christ in Nigeria, he said it was designed for church and ministry leaders.
Bamgbola said that the programme, packed with spiritually enriching content, is a hands-on training that will fortify every participant with necessary knowledge, skills, and empowerment for successful God-honouring ministry.
“Church leaders also will have the opportunity for useful interactions and networking; it will be held every Tuesday by 5pm starting July 9, at the main auditorium of the Deeper Life Bible Church headquarters, Gbagada, Lagos,” he said, adding, “It is a golden opportunity that the Lord has dropped on our laps at this auspicious time in our generation. We can use them to attain personal and church growth; it is time to awake to the challenges of the hour; it is time to provoke unto love and to good works.”
Seyi John Salau