Bishop charges clerics to be good Christian examples

The Bishop of Ilesa Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Osun State, Right Reverend (Dr) Samuel Olubayo Sowale, has tasked the new deacons and priests to be good ambassadors of Jesus Christ and the Anglican Communion in general as they engage in evangelism at their various places of work.

The cleric stated this at the Ordination Service of two deacons and five priests at St. James Anglican Church last Sunday.

According to Bishop Sowale, their main focus should be to win more souls into the house of God even in hostile communities.

He said with the Holy Bible at their disposal, they should be able to confront demons and others that may constitute block to evangelism.

During the ordination, the seven deacons and priests vowed not to take part in homosexual and other crimes forbidden by the Holy Bible.

Bishop Sowale, however, warned the new clerics to see themselves as servants of God and not boss over the congregation.

While delivering his sermon at the occasion, Venerable Timothy Opeoluwa Kujenro, who stated that healing of people started from the Anglican Church at the beginning, noted that new generation churches copied such healing programmes to establish their various churches.

Speaking further, Venerable Kujenro saluted the courage of Sowale, describing him as one of the bishops who upheld the tenets of Anglican Communion.

The deacons and priests were Emmanuel Oluwatoyin Badmus and Ore Ofe Oluwa Folarin ordained as deacons; Tope Yinka Akinpeju, Matthew Abiodun Akintoye, Joseph Obenga Famusiwa, Stephen Olufemi Omolade and Emmanuel Ademola Adedoyin, who were ordained as priests.