By Mary Agidi
Towards ensuring that Ministers of God in Celestial Church of Christ, CCC, have full knowledge of God and are spiritually sound, the church has witnessed the matriculation of its first set of 38 students of the Church Theological Seminary.
This was the brainchild of the Ondo/Ekiti Arch Diocese with the headquarters in Oba-Ile road Akure, which serves as the first CCC theological seminary in Nigeria and even worldwide.
In his remarks, the Ondo/Ekiti Arch-Diocesan head, Most Sup.Evang. Ayo Adeyemi noted that the purpose of the seminary is to provide a platform for enlightenment and re-orientation for would be clergies, to train them on thoughtful attributes of leadership and to provide forum of understanding the ethics of stewardship and liturgy. He said others are to promote mutual relationship between clergy and laity, to adequately equip the teachers with words of God for better soul winning, and to make the targeted audience to be abreast of trends of changes in the society and its values.
According to him, the Seminary will offer certificate in diploma in courses which include, homiletics, comparative religion, Christian foundation, church administration, counselling and marriage, evangelism, and pastoral ethics.
Others are faith and prayer life, demonology, Bible Survey and Eschatology.
According to him, the conception was borne out of the reasons that some workers of the church on field display some performances that are not worthy, hence the need to groom and equip them with the words of God.
The Pastor, Spiritual Head of CCC worldwide, Rev. Pastor Gabriel Omoge charged them to be focused, and dedicated in order to achieve success in their endeavours, praying that as they were been matriculated, God will also give them grace to conclude the programme successfully.
He enjoined them to concentrate on the word of God, to fear God, noting that to be spiritually sounded like great servants of God, they must depend solely on Jesus Christ so as to continually hear his voice.
He noted that as Christians, they should be mindful of their utterances, avoid sinful jokes, indecent places, and let changes be seen in them as being truly born again.
The Acting Rector of the Seminary, Superior Evangelist Babatunde David appreciated the Arch Diocesan Head for his efforts to ensure the take off of the college through financial, moral, and spiritual support.
He also commended his co-lecturers and the students for their cooperation, and charged the students to allow the school to pass through them in behaviour, utterances, movement, activities, and even spiritual upliftment, saying they have been set aside by the Holy Spirit by giving them the opportunity to be among the pioneering students.
He advised them further to be good ambassadors of the seminary.
His words: “The duration is six months as a certificate course we are running; this set will now graduate to diploma set, we are trying to affiliate with the University of Ibadan’s religious studies, we have gone there and take their curriculum”.
A representative of the students, Most Sup. Popoola appreciated God for the grace to be partakers, and also appreciated the supreme head of the Church for his fatherly role.
Also speaking, a student, Sup Evang J. A. Olorunfemi from Owo CCC said his decision to enrol in the school is to know more about the word of God, to evangelise and win souls for Christ.
On her part, a female student, Sister Ojomo Tosin said “It’s a good beginning for Celestial Church of Christ. My goal is to get deeper in the word of God and for the word to work better in my life so as to make heaven and rejoice with the heavenly Saints.