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Adeboye urges churches to leverage social media for expansion

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Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, RCCG General Overseer. Photo: WIKIPEDIA

The General Overseer (GO) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, yesterday, charged churches in Nigeria to leverage social media and other veritable tools in expanding the frontiers of the church in the new normal.

Adeboye stated this at the opening ceremony of a three-day international conference with the theme, “Emerging Mega Churches In The Global South And Beyond: Trends, Trajectories and Impacts” held at the RCCG Redemption Camp, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The event was held to address the eruption of mega-churches in Latin America, sub-Sahara Africa, and the Asian Pacific areas referred to as the Global South.

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The conference was organised by RCCG in collaboration with the John Templeton Foundation, United States (U.S).

Adeboye stressed the need for Nigerian churches to explore the reasons churches in the Global South had continued to grow so enormously in the ever-competitive global religious environment in the last 30 years.

The General Overseer, who was represented by Pastor Johnson Odesola, said the mega-churches in the Global South had continued to spread religious frontiers to the Global North, including Europe and North America

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He described growth as “a global phenomenon.”

He said most of the mega-churches shared similar and identifiable characteristics in leadership model, technology, and religious idiosyncrasies.

Adeboye stated further that the churches had arguably continued to affect the lives of members positively as well as shaped their relationships with their various societies.

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According to him, most of the mega churches are largely Pentecostal charismatic in outlook.

The cleric, however, noted that the churches and their leaders had attracted scholarly attention and public scrutiny “partly due to the problem of lack or inadequate commitment to the concept of good corporate governance because of the problem of accountability.”

The Convener of the conference, Prof. Are Adogame, in his remarks, said that the conference was preparatory to project research of 20 diverse mega-churches in 10 different countries.

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He listed the countries as Elsalvador, Guatemala, Brazil, India, Ghana, and Kenya.

Others are Nigeria, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the South- Korea.

Adogame said the project, to be funded by John Templeton Foundation, would be carried out by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, adding that the findings would be disseminated to the public.

The conference, which is expected to end on Thursday, drew scholars, experts in religious studies, religious leaders, and other stakeholders from across the globe.

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