The Anglican Archbishop, Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Alexander Ibezim has cautioned priests in the diocese to stop lobbying for promotion in course of their duties.
Ibezim who gave the warning on Saturday during the 2021 Lenten Prayer convention themed, “More than conquerors”, at the Emmaus house, said they should rather work hard to justify their elevation.
He said they should view the convention which is annually organised as an opportunity for such elevation.
He said, “God wants to use this convention to elevate our pastors even to the office of a bishop, so you don’t need to lobby for promotion.”
The Prelate also underscored the place of evangelism in the church, enjoining members of the laity to make themselves available for soul winning.
He however warned that the office of the evangelist was not for those who had nothing doing, stressing that such persons would constitute burden to the church.
“This year’s edition of the prayer convention is not ordinary. God said he’ll bless Awka diocese with 30 evangelists. But those who are interested must have a source of livelihood. You don’t need to join if you don’t have any meaningful thing you’re doing.
“Even those into business must be sure their businesses are thriving before considering being an evangelist. You must know that church is not a dumping ground.
Ibezim further urged the intending evangelists to be humble, reminding them that they were called by God and not man.
“One of you have been mocked. They said there was a day you were praying and nothing happened. God wants to use that your disability to anoint you to showcase you to the world. Don’t let anyone despise you.
An evangelist is a regenerated servant of God with a special ability. He becomes a blessing that once he opens his mouth, God will honor his words with signs and wonders.
Earlier, the expositor Ven. Goodness Amechi described conqueror as someone who overcomes, subdues and dominates.
He identified challenges confronting the Nigerian citizenry to include insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, disasters and calamities, but assured that those who put their trust in God would overcome.
“Overcoming means subdue, conquer, dominate. We’re battling against kidnappers, disasters and calamities, but we’ll conquer because everyone wants to succeed, victorious and triumph,” he added.
Highlights of the event that was attended by over 1000 parishioners included bible studies, testimonies and prayers.