The largest church in Africa, The Redeemed Christian Church of God has expanded with the creation of additional 21 provinces across Nigeria.
One of the major exercises that follow the annual convention of the mission is the creation of the new provinces, but this year was different as the General Overseer, Pastor E. A. Adeboye said that there will be a delay to enable him pray over the recommendations made by concerned senior pastors.
According to the revered clergy, “I got a list of expected provincial headquarters and for the first time, all those who inspected the list were asked to sign at the back. I will carry it to my Father in Heaven, if He (God) says yes, we will announce the new creations.”
ENCOMIUM Weekly reliable gathered that 45 new provincial recommendations was made by the inspection team which comprises of Church Growth Officers, among which 21 new provincial headquarters were created and 24 still under investigation. In the Redeemed Church, a province is expected to have a minimum of 45 areas, and each area is expected to have at least three parishes.
The 21 states that benefitted from the approval of the provincial headquarters are – Lagos (2), Ekiti (1), Rivers (2), FCT Abuja (1), Ogun (2), Cross River (1), Akwa Ibom (1), Oyo (2) and Kogi (1), while those 24 states that are yet to be approved are – Lagos (5), Osun (1), Kwara (1), Rivers (1), Enugu (1), Adamawa (1), Plateau (1), Kano (1), FCT Abuja (1), Ogun (1), Edo (1), Akwa Ibom (1), Abia (1), Borno (1), Bauchi (1), Sokoto (1), Oyo (1), Ondo (1), Delta (1), and Kogi (1).
An insider in the church informed ENCOMIUM Weekly that this is the first time the general overseer will not approve a recommendation made to him by the CGOs.
“We are not surprised by this new measure taken by Daddy G.O. because, many of the existing provinces are not performing to expectations, and they cannot be scrapped but allowed to grow. I believe Daddy is being careful to avoid such mistakes.”