PFN Lagos: The way forward.

By Bolaji O. Akinyemi.

Act 2:1 KJV And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

The promise of the pentecost came on a day, not just as it was scheduled but met a preparation and preparedness. It wasn’t a half way thing, their preparation was full before they were filled with the Holy Ghost!

The Bible never left us in doubt of what they did to have an experience different from the Jews who were in the Temple celebrating the Pentecost! There were two different gatherings in the city of Jerusalem on the same day in the name of same Pentecost. There were the Jews in the Temple who were celebrating the feast as they had always done yearly, but there were those to whom religious celebration was going to end who were ushered into the experience, an encounter read also by the other party in the city but not understood. There was the group in the upper room without a priest, but ALL with one accord in one place. The word accord means unanimously do something. They were with one mind and one passion.

PFN Lagos State had experienced disunity in the past two years, a division centered around leadership politics.

In the Pentecostal pattern of leadership appointments shown to us by the first church later in Acts 6, as they grew in pentecostal virtues, mundane things were no consideration in the administration of the social life of the church.

There is absolutely nothing wrong to desire to become the head of the Pentecostal Family of Christ in Nigeria, but to set the system on fire and pollute the minds of people who are not privy to your secret intent for which they are nothing but pawns in your push for inordinate desire is most dangerous to the health of the body.

We all are contributors to the disunity that engulfed the PFN in Lagos State one way or the other. Understanding authority and leadership, I have stayed with the National Leadership all through the trying period not because they were perfect but because they are the ordained of God over the house for this season. It is however unbelievable that those who are admonishing us to pray and support our political leaders for their understanding of spiritual ideology will challenge the spiritual authority over them for political reasons.

A leader I have great respect for wrote me; “the very man just resigning from top echelon in the leadership of PFN’s South West zone as the Vice President to the National President. He has been with Archbishop Idahosa as a committed member and serving the body more than 38yrs. Rev Toyin Kehinde has been a committed, serving and duly registered member of Lagos PFN for the past 25 years. You now brought Yemi Davids, a non registered or serving member to pilot the affairs of PFN in Lagos State. How on earth should you as National President give a directive for election to be conducted and supervised by him as Zonal Vice President and you turn around to annul the election probably your prefered perceive candidate did not emerge as a winner. You now order for another election to be supervised by the National Secretary who actually and officially represented you as the National President. Is this not an open display of fraud and shame nationally and internationally? The National President and his allies once again has put PFN Lagos in a troubled water”.

I have just one question to ask, was Yemi Davies candidate in the previous election? If not, I disagree with the notion that the President was interested in who becomes the Chairman in Lagos. The glory to glory was a doctrine of necessity. And please, let’s not take our eyes from the complications that the last election became to our fellowship life as Pentecostals, when tribes were promoted over the bond of faith by politicians. Unbridled tongues and determination of political elements to offer the church as a sacrificial lamb on the altar of politics inudunated the National Leadership with complaints they could not ignore.

I expected those fanning the ember to have resigned when it was obvious they weren’t going to conduct the election and not thereafter.

In the last election I anchored my hope of greater fellowship of love in PFN Lagos State on a man who is not Yoruba nor Igbo, for the balance required; Rev Esosa Ize-Iyamu, I prayed for, and spoke to few friends about within the limited time the process allowed. My candidate had 8 votes, the Winner 10 votes and Rev Yomi Kasali 7 votes.

The election is over and we have not just a chairman but an Exco Team to be led by Pastor Yemi Davies who is a team player and pastor of a multicultural church with little or no emphasis on tribes. Our Deputy Chairperson is not just a mother in Israel, but a labourer of note along with her late husband whose contribution saw the PFN Lagos move us to this pedestal of greatness.

Yemi Davies is the Chairman, Rev. Mrs. Janet the first female deputy chairman, who emerged in the unanimous spirit of the day of Pentecost, a virtue we all can trust to see her support Yemi Davies for a peaceful and successful stewardship to PFN Lagos. The Scribe of the house, Rev Udo also elected unopposed, what a privilege to have the nucleus of every Exco, the Secretary in the same one spirit of the house. The chairman is directly above two offices unanimously supported by all present. This alone should allay our fears. For the office of the Treasurer, trust was unanimously placed on Pastor Sola Osumakinde.

Time to build is now! Let’s rise and build the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria Lagos State Chapter.

Dr. Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder. He’s also President Voice of His Word Ministries and Convener Apostolic Round Table. BoT Chairman, Project Victory Call Initiative, AKA PVC Naija. He is a strategic Communicator and the C.E.O, Masterbuilder Communications.Email:bolajiakinyemi66@gmail.comFacebook: Bolaji Akinyemi.X: Bolaji O AkinyemiInstagram: bolajioakinyemiPhone: +2348033041236