Sam Adeyemi, Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, and keynote speaker at the third annual conference of the Church Administrators Society of Nigeria, CASON, held in Lagos at the Sheraton Hotels and Tower, Ikeja on Monday September 26, said he was deeply convinced that if Jesus Christ were still in His First Coming with us here on earth, he definitely would be on social media to reach mankind, build and grow The Church. Do you agree with him?
Just before Adeyemi came on the video screen with his address, CASON President, Pastor Oluseyi Oladimeji, had told the suite full of pastors and church administrators the same thing too, in his welcome address. He is just as convinced that The Church must use the Internet to its fullest capacity – like Jesus would – if soul winning and growth remain the top goals of The Church.
CASON Conference 2016 tag is ‘Increasing Ministry Impact Through Media Technology’. Four other speakers also made presentations that support the theme:
Tunji Abioye, CEO, Fuel Communications – “Creating Ministry Mileage Through Marketing Communications.”
Chude Jideonwo, Managing Partner, Red Media – “Enhancing Ministry Impact Through the Internet, Social Media and Mobile Applications.”
Kunle Hamilton, CEO, Virgin Consulting and President, Shaddaiville Ministries – “Avoiding Bad Press and Managing Media Crisis.”
Funke Egbemode, MD/Editor-in-Chief, New Telegraph Newspapers and President Nigerian Guild of Editors – the main theme.
In her submission Mrs. Funke Egbemode, herself a deaconess, urged church administrators in Nigeria to leverage on media technology for soul winning by creating, hosting and sponsoring educative and attractive programmes that would address the needs of their church members, especially the young people, thereby, impacting on church’s growth. She advised church administrators to use radio and television stations as well as print and social media for evangelism.
“The harvest is ripe, but few hands are there. We need to go the extra mile, using different approaches and media technologies. A talk show like, ‘The choice of your spouse determines whether you will go to heaven or hell’ on TV will attract a number of people. If we want to take ministry on air, let’s make sure that the programmes are irresistible. We all listen to radio in some cases on our way home from work. Imagine slotting in a Christian programme on a popular radio programme that has a great audience” she said.
The Vice President, CASON, Pastor Steve Akoni, explained that CASON exists to bridge the knowledge gap between church managers and their counterparts in the corporate world to engender an effective management of resources and manpower in churches and other faith-based organisations.
Attendees were treated to tea and lunch breaks with many of them openly testifying to the value the conference speeches added to their knowledge of church administration.
COVER: CEO, Fuel Communications, Mr Tunji Abioye; CASON President, Pastor Seyi Oladimeji; MD, New Telegraph, Mrs Funke Egbemode; CEO, Virgin Outdoor, Dr. Kunle Hamilton; and Managing Partner, Red Media, Mr Chude Jideonwo[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]