The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) has advised pastors to uphold their integrity in the service of God in order to restore the glory and sanctity of the church.
In a communique issued at the end of its five-day South-West Zonal Pastors Conference, ECWA said that lack of integrity in the life of some pastors was a major problem affecting the church and the society.
The communique, jointly signed by Rev. Abel Asubiaro, and Rev. Samuel Irokogbemi, noted that holy living, authoritative preaching and teaching of God’s Word would curb the vice.
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It expressed displeasure and condemned in totality, sexual immorality among pastors, thus enjoined them to live above board spiritually and morally.
According to ECWA, the training of pastors is also crucial and should be holistic to assist them meet socio-political, economic, philosophical and psychological needs in a dynamic world.
The communique acknowledged with concern the high demand of pastoral work and its implications on the health of pastors.
“The ministers of God are implored to take their health seriously. Adequate rest, annual leave, and regular medical check-up to know their health status from time to time should be done,” it said.
Besides, it expressed concerns over the spate of heinous crime, violence, killings and insecurity in the country.
“Kidnapping has become a lucrative business in Nigeria, and the rescue of the victims resulting in huge sums of money being paid as ransom to the kidnappers.
“Further puts untold hardship on victims and their families, thereby exacerbating their poor financial condition.
“Therefore, we urge the Federal Government and all security agencies to take urgent and definite steps to tackle the issue,” it said.
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It also called on the federal government to explore all measures to expedite the release of Leah Sharibu, one of the Dapchi school girls and all others that were still held captive by Boko Haram terrorist group.
The communique prayed for peace in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Kogi and Bayelsa States, thus encouraged the electorates to go out en masse to vote for the candidates of their choice.
It appealed to all politicians to shun violence and the use of thugs during electioneering campaigns, as well as avoid electoral frauds such as vote buying, ballot box snatching and rigging.(NAN)