MAY 2013 STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
By Daniel Olowookere
The Principal of the Redeemed School of Missions Ede Pastor Joel Oke has stressed the place of commitment, humility, forgiveness, holiness, integrity, faithfulness and wisdom in attaining greatness in life and ministry. Pastor Joel who delivered a lecture entitled “The Mystery of Greatness” at the bi-annual Strategic Leadership Summit, which held at the Redeemer’s University Chapel, International Office Complex, Redemption Camp, on Saturday May 13, 2013, noted that greatness cannot be micro-waved, adding that it is a mystery that can be accessed by patience, keenness and a godly lifestyle.
Earlier in his introductory address, the convener of the summit and president of the Strategic Leadership Academy, Dr. Mark Osama Ighile, observed that in a society that has zero tolerance for process; a nation where gimmicks rather than leadership principles are celebrated, a community that applauds results not minding how there were realised, there was need to focus on a brand of greatness that is propelled by Christ-like leadership qualities. While anchoring his speech on Gen. 24:27, Prov. 4:18 and Prov. 14 12, Dr. Ighile stressed the responsibilities of leaders on the path to greatness and amplified the place of grace in destiny realization.
Professor L.B. Kolawole, former Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology Akure, who represented the Vice Chancellor of Redeemer’s University, Professor Debo Adeyewa at the event, articulated the leadership qualities of the convener and drew the attention of the audience to the sensitive role of a credible leader, stressing that if a leader goes astray, his followers would naturally tag along.
Dr Dare Ajayi, Senior lecturer and former director of higher degrees, Redeemed Christian Bible College, who spoke on “The Route” to Greatness and nested his discourse on Mark 3:13 and Luke 2:40 emphasised that discovering of purpose, preparation, focus, wisdom manifestation and divine approval, among others, are critical to true greatness. According to him “Every one who discovered purpose in the Bible, got a mission statement, not a title or rank”.
Also ministering at the summit on the topic “Mistakes that Leaders Make” Joseph Tunmida, President of Rehoboth Ministries Lagos, who used 2Kings 5:1-14 as his key scripture brought to the fore the opportunities for greatness open to all who can key into the principles of leadership. Unfortunately, he lamented, many potentially great leaders have allowed, corruption, indiscipline and carnality to rob them of awesome greatness.
Other ministers, discussants and speakers at the summit include Pastors Oluseyi Alakija, and Emmanuel Adepoju, Drs. Odunayo Arogundade and Onanaye, Ademola Adedeji, G.G. Daramola, Meshack Edevo, Bada Tolulope, Jimi Folasade and Christian Raji and Brother Ayo. The summit which was characterized by drama sketches, special choir renditions and interactive session attracted heads of ministries, pastors and other participants from Ibadan, Ogere, Lagos, the Redeemed Christian Bible college community, staff and student-leaders of the Redeemer’s University.
The bi-annual conference which was moderated by the Presiding Pastor of the Truth Assembly, Ibadan, Pastor Debo Odewumi came to a close with an impartation session and final declaration by the Chaplain of the Redeemer’s University Pastor Olugbenga Akosile and the facilitator of the event, Dr. Mark O. Ighile.
Bro. Olowookere, of the Post Graduate School, University of Ibadan, is Associate Editor, LeaderSpeak Magazine, Scripture Communication Network.