The Bishop of Diocese of Lagos West, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. James Odedeji, has advised newly ordained Dean and Cannons of the Church to be watchful, endure all afflictions, and be dedicated to God.
The Bishop emphasised the need for the ministers of God to “preach the Bible in season and out of season”.
Odedeji gave the advice on Sunday when he was ordaining Ven. Adegoke Agara as the 5th Dean of the Church and the institution of nine cannons at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja, Lagos.
“Seven years ago, I was installed here as the third Dean of this Church, three years after Oluyemi was inducted as the fourth Dean of the Cathedral, exactly three years and two weeks another one is being installed.
“We are here again to write another history of the cathedral, this is a strong warning to those who are called to serve God, they should be mindful of all things.
“As a man that has chosen to serve God, you should possess the five ingredients of a Godly man,” he said.
Jesus on the cross
The cleric urged the newly elected dean and cannons to understand the purpose of their callings as it will help them to practise what they need.
“You must understand your purpose, keep it in your front always, it will help you make choices that will help you closer to your purpose.
“You have to understand why you were called. You should take time to plan, the secret of your success depend on your preparedness.
“Planning can be tedious and meticulous, remember that champions are not made in the ring but they are recognised in the ring, the danger of inadequate planning is obvious failure,” he said.
Odedeji urged the newly ordained ministers of God to be passionate about their goals in life, they should avoid being a short distance runner but marathon runners,” he said.
Responding, Agara said that with God on his side he would be diligent in prayer and stand firm in the word of God.
He said he would be dedicated to the things of God and proffer solutions in times of difficulties and uncertainty. “We will impact on the nation and preach the gospel to which we have been called,” he said.
Rev. Cannon Olugbenga Aboderin, one of the newly ordained cannon, said the essence of the induction was the Church recognition and appreciation of their efforts, adding that it would encourage them to do more. “Cannon means authority, so it means that we will stand and defend the word of God.
“We will be fruitful in our ministerial duties and be more focused in things of God; we will be reminded that our duties belong to God and the Church.
“We will seek support from God and not man when we are in trouble, we will not play with the word of God; we will stand on the doctrine of the Church and be faithful to our calling.
“We will minister undiluted gospel, and when members are discouraged, we will be there to encourage them,’’ he said.