|Urhobo Historical Society
God's Kingdom Society:
REPORT OF MINISTERS’ CONFERENCE
|Subject:||2003 GOD'S KINGDOM SOCIETY (GKS) MINISTERS' CONFERENCE REPORT.|
|Date:||Wed, 09 Jul 2003 20:00:41 +0200|
|From:||God's Kingdom Society <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|To:||Urhobo Historical Society <Urhobo@KinsFolk.com>|
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
REPORT OF MINISTERS CONFERENCE 2003
Glory, honour and adoration be to JEHOVAH, the Architect and Sustainer of the entire universe Who is now gathering His people into His Kingdom through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
is with joy in the Lord that I convey to you the report of the 2003
Conference held in Salem City Warri from Thursday June 19 to
highlight of the opening session on Thursday was the address of the
to all adult members of the Lord’s Ministry, on the Conference theme,
TOWARDS THE MARK”. (Philippians 3:14) The President emphasized the
essence of the
calling of Ministers, which is to turn people to righteousness, stating
is by continued dedication to that task to the end, that they shall be
by God with salvation in His Kingdom fully established. The Vice
Brother S. C. Nwaeke, who returned from the United Kingdom,
The Conference devoted substantial time to the hearing of reports on various areas of the work of God. These include Evangelism (by The President, delivered by the Publicity Secretary) Business (by the Vice President, delivered by the Financial Secretary, Brother O. D. Akinwale) Works and Maintenance (delivered on behalf of the Vice President by Brother T. O. Ugoji) Secretariat Report (given by the General Secretary) Finance and Accounts (by the Treasurer) Education (by Brother J. E. Ikoba) Properties of the Church (by Brother G. O. Ifeacho).
the reports, it was evident that God’s hand is on the Church for good.
Lord’s Ministry thanks God Almighty for the strides attained within the
under review. Apart from the spiritual growth and the spectacular and
awe-inspiring instances of deliverance given members by God, it was
to Conference that the Certificate of Occupancy of a parcel of land at
has been handed over to the Church by the
The Lord’s Ministry will continue with the current policy of ensuring that lectures are well planned for and packaged properly in order to have the required impact.
The Conference saw the urgency of ensuring increased funding and sustenance of the Watch and Pray Programme in terms of production, airing, purchase and maintenance of equipment. The Ministers expressed great uneasiness that the Watch and Pray Programme is not being broadcast in Abuja and Lagos the political and commercial nerve centres of Nigeria. Consequently, a Central Watch and Pray Fund will be set up to which all members will contribute. Also possible investments that will yield steady revenue for the Church to fund Watch and Pray Programme will be pursued vigorously.
It was resolved that during the rainy season, Station Ministers should hold doctrinal Services and advertise such very well in order to sensitize the public while outdoor activities especially in rural areas should be intensified in the dry season. Also the Students’ Fellowship in the various higher institutions of higher learning should ensure that they place banners or sign boards advertising the GKS in their various campuses.
To enhance the drive for evangelism, a Committee headed by the Vice President was set up to work out the activities for the year in the area of evangelism and report back to the Executive Board for ratification and implementation. Other members of the Committee are Brothers G. O. Ifeacho, F. E. Adedokun, J. E. Ikoba, C. U. Eze, S. M. O. Ayavoro, B. T. Hart, and O. D. Akinwale.
A number of doctrinal issues were discussed at the Conference. They include the issue of Jephthah’s vow and whether women will rise in the Better Ressurection at the same time as the patriarchs to rule in the light of Matthew 8:11; Luke 13:28,29.
The Ministers discussed extensively once again the issue of whether Jephthah killed his daughter for a burnt offering or whether she remained an unmarried woman who was dedicated to the service of God. The position of the Lord’s Ministry is that the story stresses the importance of and blessing in keeping one’s vows. What the Church had been emphasizing right from her infancy is knowledge of the basic doctrines of the Church, the belief and practice of which will lead one to salvation by God’s grace. Whether Jephthah killed his daughter or not is not explicitly stated in the Bible. We should preach what we know and leave out what is not clear until such is revealed. (See John 3:11; Philippians 3:15,16) Entangling ourselves in the argument over whether Jephthah killed or did not kill his daughter is not a prerequisite for salvation. Members should therefore allow the issue to rest at this point.
Women and Better Resurrection
Following the Ministers Conference report of 1999 about the place of women within the context of Matthew 8:11 and Luke 13:28,29, some members have asked whether women will participate in the Better resurrection. After extensive discussion, the Ministers reaffirmed their earlier position on the matter which is that the account of Hebrews Chapter 11 shows clearly that women will participate in the Better Resurrection. But with particular reference to Matthew 8: 11 and Luke 13: 28,29, they will not resurrect at the same time with the Patriarchs - Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the Prophets as these would be resurrected to team up with faithful Christians alive then to take over rulership of the Kingdom of God on earth. -Isaiah 32:1; Daniel 2:44.
For further enlightenment of members, the facts are as follows: The First Resurrection comprises Jesus Christ and the Anointed Christians. But all those in the First Resurrection are not to rise at the same time. Christ resurrected first, and then the dead apostles were raised up at his second coming. The remaining ones of the apostles’ class who are chosen in these last days, known as the Remnant - like St. G. M. Urhobo - will also be taken to heaven as soon as they die. That is still the First Resurrection. (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:23,51,52; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17) That they rose at different times does not change the fact that they all belong to the First Resurrection. The same thing goes for the Better Resurrection. All those in this category will not resurrect at the same time, but in their own order and their resurrection will be before the battle of Armageddon. Those for the Better Resurrection will all live forever. None of them will die again - unlike the General Resurrection where some, out of disobedience, will die the second death.
CUSTOMS AND PRACTICES
The Conference addressed a practice that has silently crept into the Church: that of sisters who have lost their husbands staying at home without coming to service until the husband is buried. Also some wear dark clothes and some others sleep on the floor. How such a practice came in is difficult to tell except that it may have been borrowed from the customs of those who do not know God in truth. While appreciating the distress of a widow at the time of the husband’s death which will make it difficult for her to attend service, it must be pointed out that it is spiritually unhealthy and smacks of lack of understanding for a Christian widow to abstain from service, until the time of the husband’s burial which sometimes stretch into months. Rather she should attend service after a short while so that she would hear exhortations to strengthen her in the Lord. It should be noted that when wives die, the husbands (that is the widower) continue to come to service and other activities of the Church. This is commendable.
As promised in the 2002 Ministers Conference Report, the Conference revisited the issue of Condolence Assembly, which is still banned in the Church. The Conference commended in the Lord Branches in the Church who despite their request that the matter be re-visited complied with the Lord’s Ministry’s instructions. (1 Peter 2: 13) The Ministers agreed that there is no sin in doing or not doing Condolence Assembly but frowned and felt utterly disappointed at the fact that Lagos State Branches have been holding Condolence Assemblies in the name of Condolence visits, in outright disregard and defiance of the Lord’s Ministry ruling on the matter. With such attitude on their part, unbanning it now will set a bad precedence in the Church. The ban therefore remains. We pray God to help us keep to instructions for our own good. – Proverbs 4: 13; Hebrews 13: 7, 17; Ecclesiastes 9:18.
Conference noted that several sisters in the Church are now keeping to the dress code of the GKS, avoiding indecent dressing that expose the body. We commend such sisters in the Lord. Regrettably however, some are walking outside the track God has laid out for their benefit. Besides some sisters indulge in excessive make up as if they are competing with the peacock in the variety of colours they have on their faces. The Bible enjoins us to exercise moderation in all things and that we should not follow the fashion of this world which passeth away. (Philippians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17) We should not do things for which “the way of truth shall be evil spoken of”. (Romans 2:24; 2 Peter 2:2) The GKS Women Fellowship Committees of the various branches should ensure that they set up units of Sisters to enforce the ban on indecent dressing.
no sister who is not properly dressed or who paints will be shown in
and Pray Television Service programme as they are no good
the God’s Kingdom Society. Notice will also be placed at the gate of
Special Thanksgivings are occasions when members thank God in the presence of His people for His goodness on them. Such thanksgivings are usually followed by donations in cash or kind or both to the Church. Some members however are in the habit of dictating where their material gifts should be placed. In view of that, Conference deems it necessary to educate members that gifts given for Special Thanksgiving or Vows are given to God, Who is being represented by the Lord’s Ministry by His grace and that the use to which such item will be put is at the discretion of the Lord’s Ministry - as she takes into account the needs of other branches. Any member who intends to donate any item for the use of his or her branch is free to do so but should not give such as Special Thanksgiving or for redemption of a Vow.
Also some members refuse to mention God’s goodness to them or do Special Thanksgiving because they do not have enough money to host a party. This is not proper. Some others spend heavily for entertainment of guests but deposit only a relatively small amount for Special Thanksgiving to God. This is sheer misplacement of values. It is the one given to God that is more important. The Conference emphasized that Special Thanksgiving is principally the determination to do the will of God because of His goodness on one. Giving of token donation to God for the continuation of His work is also encouraged in the Holy Scriptures. (Psalm 50:14,15; 116:12-14,17-18; Romans 12:1-3; Proverbs 11:25) Members should know this so as to order their priorities accordingly.
Moses O. Owivri has been elevated from Intermediate to the rank of a
Minister by the grace of God. He is redeployed to the Accounts
Salem City. He had been based in
These postings will take effect from the end of August, 2003 by God’s grace.
T. O. Ugoji and O.
M. E. Alihie are now deployed to the
The following members of the Lord’s Ministry have been promoted from General Members to Recognised Members. They are Brothers:
Sisters who have also been elevated as Recognized Sisters are Sisters:
thanked God that all but one of the Nigerian
elections in the calendar for this year have
been held and winners installed into offices.
Conference regretted the violence that attended the elections in
areas and appeals to those participating in the forthcoming council
later in the year to avoid such iniquitous acts as burning of houses,
killings etc. While congratulating those
now installed into offices, we exhort them to rule in the fear of God
so as to
leave a good name for themselves after their tenure. (Proverbs 22:1;
Ecclesiastes 7:1) The Bible says: “He that ruleth over men must be
in the fear of God” and that “Every one of us shall give account of
God”. (2 Samuel 23:2; Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10) On the other
those who lost should accept the results in the spirit of
exhort the government to ensure that the current programme of
local government system in
Rising Crime Wave
The rate of robbery with violence has risen dramatically in recent times and many Nigerians are virtually living under siege. Irrespective of the economic conditions in the country today, there can be no excuse in the sight of God for any one to engage in robbery and the shedding of innocent blood. Whatever is attained by such means is under curse and the culprits will not go unpunished. Scripture says: "Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.” - Proverbs 20:17; see also Hosea 4:1-3.
While thanking God that lecturers under the umbrella of the Academic Staff Union Universities (ASUU) have returned to work after almost six months strike, the Ministers Conference called on the governments, federal and state, to beef up their level of funding to the universities and other tertiary institutions in the country so that the generality of Nigerians who cannot afford private universities will have access to quality education.
Youth Assembly, an annual gathering of GKS youths
to build themselves up spiritually in
the Lord. This year’s assembly is to be held at zonal level on
2. Freedom Day, in commemoration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, – to be held in all the Sundays in October, the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th of October 2003
Feast of Tabernacles, a Feast God commanded His
people to celebrate in this
last day. This year’s Feast of Tabernacles will hold from
Sunday the 14th
Conference took note of the recurring crisis in Warri which has given rise to apprehensions by members about coming to Warri for the Feast of Tabernacles. Though Warri cannot but continue to be the venue of the Feast of Tabernacles, at least for some time to come, there is the need to develop an alternative venue for the Feast in the outskirts of Warri. For the Feast of Tabernacles 2003, Warri is tentatively fixed as the venue God willing. But if the curfew now in place continues, the Feast may shift to Sapele. These two venues will be kept in mind in planning for this year’s Feast of Tabernacles.
commended the Laity for their support for the work of God generally
Conference year. While thanking the members for the sacrifice they have
making in the interest of New Jerusalem, the Ministers prayed God
provide for the members and help them to realise their target in the
forthcoming National launching slated for
Conference ended on
Special Thanksgiving Service was held on
We thank God for helping us to the end of this year’s Ministers Conference and pray Him to help us to implement the decisions reached according to His will for the progress of His Kingdom on earth through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Yours in Christ,
Patrick O. Ekireghwo,
General Secretary, GKS
June 21, 2003.