1 A cleric, Tony Okeiyi, Deputy Superintendent of the Apostolic Church of Nigeria, FCT, has urged young Nigerians to be creative and focused in bridging the leadership gap in churches.
2 Okeiyi told the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the church’s 2022 International Youth Conference on Wednesday in Kubwa, FCT.
3 The theme of the conference is: “Understanding the times”.
4 The clergy said young people should be allowed to understand church doctrines so they can become better leaders in the future.
Okeiyi said the gap between church leaders and youth could be bridged when they participate in serious church administration activities.
He said it was important to prepare a successor for the church, adding that in doing so they needed to be closer to the affairs of the church.
“We need to bridge the gap and in doing so, we need to enable young people to participate in leadership.
This will allow them to learn on the job.
“If we really want to achieve the purpose for which Christ has called us, we must bring young people closer to the business of the things in the church.
“I am convinced that hard work pays off, so young people have to be very serious in everything they do,” he said.
“When you become a liability to yourself as a young person, you become a liability to your parents, the community, the church and the nation,” he said.
He advised every young person to be creatively active wherever they are and to be fully involved, whether in the community or in the church.
Also speaking, Apostle Samuel Inyang, national youth leader of the church, advised young people not to be rushed in life but to always seek God in all things.
“We are going through a period of turbulence, anxiety and uncertainty, living below the poverty line.
No matter the situation, there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
“Knowledge without understanding is baseless and meaningless, when you only know time; you miss the meaning of it,” he said.
He advised the young people to walk on the basis of visions and not instincts to follow God’s plan and purpose and to be patient,” he said.
Also speaking, FCT Metro youth leader in the church, Prince Okokon Peter, described the conference as a success, adding that the youths experienced the glory of God in its fullness.
“The conference gave young people an opportunity to understand that this is their time in the apostolic church and the need to make use of it,” he said.
He advised young people to be firm and committed in whatever they do, adding that they will take their place in the apostolic church.