Be servant leaders, Akinbiyi urges newly consecrated Bishops
By Folasade Afe
Leaders have been urged not to see their positions as a privilege but as responsibility.
This was said by the Archbishop of Anglican Communion, Ondo Province, Most Rev’d Gabriel Akinbiyi at the consecration of five Bishops during the weekend at St David’s Anglican Cathedral Church, Ijomu, Akure, Ondo state.
In his sermon, Akinbiyi said Episcopus means Bishops which also means Overseers, Protectors or Watch while Protector or Watch is a religious term. The Archbishop said God gives particular attention to His followers and therefore everybody in a place of authority, be it bishop, governor, politician, policemen or women should be Overseers and protectors. “In fact, women should be Overseers of young couples. “God is not only an Overseer but also an Avenger.
According to him, God watches over everybody either good or bad without sleeping quoting Psalm 21. He also cares, so everybody in a place of authority should be able to care for their subjects. Most Rev’d Akinbiyi said, in 1Peter chapter 2 verse 25 that Jesus is described as a Shepherd and a Bishop, he therefore admonished the Bishops to see their positions as a responsibility and not a privilege.
He said that in case they are not posted to where there are privileges, they will not be able to disappoint God.
“In the Sun or in the rain, as a Bishop or Overseer you must not complain. Be there to be different, follow the footsteps of Jesus, practice what is written in 1Peter 1 verse 5”.
He admonished the consecrated Bishops to be servants and not lords. He told them to uphold the servanthood side of their offices while the privileges and rights should be relegated, saying “think less of the blessings of the office but of the sacrifices there in.”
“Be lousy about the cross but remain silent about the crown, emulate the character of Christ, Jesus came to serve and not to be served, please be there to be different for God”. He advised the consecrated Bishops to give reference to God and to always have concern for the people.
The following Bishops were consecrated, Ven. Joshua Sunday Oyinlola, the Bishop Anglican Diocese of Irele, Ese Odo. Ven. Oluwaseun A. Aderogba, The Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Jebba. Ven. Ebenezer A. Okuyelu, The Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Osun North East, Ven. Festus O. Sobanke, Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Omu-Aran, Ven. Christian O. Onyia, Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Nike, Enugu State. The consecration was performed by the Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of Nigeria, the Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh.
At the event were all the Archbishops, Bishops of all Anglican Dioceses in Nigeria, the Governor of Ondo state, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the Deans in the church of Nigeria, the Chancellors, Deji of Akure, Oba Ogunlade Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, and priests in Anglican communion.
The topic for the consecration was “Task Committed to Bishop in The Body Of Christ.”