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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Trinity House Celebrates Sixth Anniversary…To Hold Youth Entrepreneurship Seminar


Trinity House will be celebrating its sixth anniversary on Sunday July 24, 2016 at the church’s main auditorium, Zion Centre, situated on Trinity Avenue, through Water Corporation Road, off Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. The event will hold by 9.00 am.

Inaugurated on Sunday July 18, 2010 at the Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos in a ceremony witnessed by church leaders and large cross section of the Nigerian society, the church is a non-denominational, free flow Christian worship centre powered by leaders, professionals and leaders to be with the vision to build a people of change, influence and impact.

The church, which obtains its motto from the book of Acts chapter 10, verse 38, “Everywhere he went he was doing good,” intends to be a voice to leadership across all spheres of society and challenge leaders to do the right things in the right way that will bring about a positive change. Speaking at a media conference held on Monday July 18 to herald in the series of events for the anniversary, the Senior Pastor of the church, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo said, "We intend to ‘take the church out of church’ to meet the people and their needs."



The sixth anniversary celebrations began on Saturday July 16 with a six-hour praise program organised by the women’s group of the church, The Timeless Woman. It featured artistes such as Tope Alabi, Efe Nathan, Big Bolaji, Onos, The Trinity Voices amongst others. This will be followed by an anniversary praise night on Wednesday July 20 by 6pm. On Thursday July 21, the church will be hosting youths to an entrepreneurship summit. The event, tagged ‘Today’s Youths, Tomorrow’s Leaders’, is being organised by the church’s leadership training school, the Trinity Leadership School (TLS). Pastor Bayo Rotimi, the minister in charge of the TLS said this is another of the church’s own way of contributing to the development of the Nigerian nation through the capacity development of her youths. The event will feature speakers such as Leke Alder, Tara Fela-Durotoye, Peter Bamkole, Kate Henshaw, Fisayo Okunsayo and Funke Soyibo.




The Trinity Leadership School is one of several initiatives of the church set up to achieve its vision of bringing the impact of Christianity beyond Christians and the immediate Church into the larger society. With its 14 NGOs and various welfare programs, Trinity House is a church that goes beyond the walls of church to reach society to change lives and transform nations. Pastor Ighodalo noted that the Church must become actively involved in nation building, governance and politics. “Nigerian youths need to be mentored to start taking up their rightful leadership positions. The military incursion into Nigeria robbed us of that natural process of succession but now sixteen years after democracy has taken roots, it is time to start thinking of the future and the government cannot do that. Individuals, organisations, churches must step into that role”. He commended the Buhari administration for its anti-corruption drive noting that the rot and decay in the system is quite deep and will take time to heal. He however also enjoined the government to come up with a clearer vision of where the Nigerian nation is headed both economically and politically.  

Friday, April 29, 2016

AgriHub Plans to Take Made-in-Nigeria Food Global

In a bid to combat the recent economic turmoil and increasing dollar crunch, AgriHub has taken it upon itself to organize a workshop aimed at encouraging production of local food products that would easily replace the international brands on the shelves of retail stores and supermarkets in Nigeria.

The workshop is geared towards sensitizing the populace in patronizing “Made in Nigeria” products since it will be impossible to compel consumers to purchase substandard products in the name of patriotism. The workshop will also comprehensively educate Nigerian producers on how to improve Made-in-Nigeria products while ensuring they are competitive in terms of packaging, branding and quality.

While speaking on the AgriHub workshop, the facilitator, Aderinoye Aderonke, bore her mind on the challenges besetting entrepreneurs in the country: “The challenge with most entrepreneurs is they believe the capital outlay required in packaging their products to international standards is high. Another belief that seem to possess prominence is that one needs to travel and meet with foreigners to come up with designs and packaging solutions that would meet international standards. Meanwhile, a lot of these solutions can be sourced locally and are affordable.

The AgriHub workshop for May 2016, with the theme “Simple steps to take Made in Nigeria food” is a multisector workshop that will provide actionable solutions to food processing, packaging, marketing and distribution.  It will present solutions that are locally available and simple tips on how to market and reach a wide audience without breaking the bank.

It is also aimed at providing a learning and networking avenue for small and medium agribusiness owners and stakeholders to determine challenges and help improve current systems and procedures in doing business.

Experts in the field of branding, processing, packaging and marketing with experience spanning FMCGs and multinational organizations will facilitate sessions and provide insights on improved technologies and local available solutions affordable to small and medium agro processors to make their products compete globally. As part of the take-home benefits of the workshop, participants will be able to: address challenges in the food processing, identify affordable world class packaging solutions, identify new and traditional food marketing channels; determine business opportunities to export, determine business opportunities to import, understand the increasing shift from consumption of unpackaged, unbranded food to stronger demand for packaged and processed food, get onsite support and discount on photography, packaging and marketing solutions for your business, learn basic social media and IT hacks that can be used in promoting one’s business to a wider audience.

The workshop, which takes place on the 11th of May, 2015 at Quad T events Centre, Gbagada opposite UPS by 9am, is open to individuals who seek financial freedom through agro-business as well as small and medium agro-processors seeking to learn how to make their products global competitive using locally available solutions.

To register for the event visit www.agrihub.org



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

IamMindful Official Launch



Africa's indigenous youth platform "IamMindful" co-founded by Eniola Toluwalase and Tola Odumosu, had its official launch and released its mobile app at a colourful ceremony that took place in Lagos recently. The mobile app is geared at ensuring the platform meets its aims and objectives.

IamMindful is sponsored by Mindful of Youths Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organization, birthed to highlight the need for parents, adults and society at large, to be mindful of the issues that affect young people; such as their upbringing, career, relationships with different segments of society and of course, their total and all-round wellbeing.

IamMindfuls' main goal is to raise (and have in its official database) over 10,000,000 (Ten Million) people all over Nigeria and beyond, signed up on the #IamMINDFUL platform, with the aim to champion their drive of being mindful of issues that affect their lives, including but not limited to;
1. the way they live
2. the consequences of the choices they make
3. the impact of the friendships they form
4. The general outlook at life and how they respond to it.

The connecting link or heartbeat that neatly ties this together as an unbreakable anchor line, is for young people to progress beyond themselves and be mindful of issues that affect others, the society they live in (with footprints locally and globally) and to respond positively to same.

At its official launch party held at the Springboard Hall, Trinity Avenue, Ligali Ayorinde, Victoria Island, students and high profiled individuals were in attendance. Some of the guests present were renowned Nigerian actress Mrs Taiwo Ajai Lycett, Mr Evans Akere (CEO Vanskere), Mr Lanre Oyegbola (Chief Imagination Officer, Boomerang Africa), Mr Praise Fowowe (Relationship Coach), Mrs Omotayo Omotosho, Toby Grey, Mrs Yemisi Mobolurin and many more.

The campaign unveiled the brand ambassadors who will carry the message of the project to their fans and followers. These include the likes of Japheth Omojuwa, Mrs Taiwo Ajai Lycett, Teju BabyFace, Uti Nwachukwu, Segun Dangote, Toby Grey, Xtreme, Timix and Gospel Force.

The chairman and chief host of the initiative, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo spoke on mentorship as an effective tool for youths.

The Mindful Mobile app is available on Google play store and everyone is encouraged to download, upload their pictures and share what they are mindful of.








Thursday, March 10, 2016

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

TIMELESS - The Luxury Edition

The TIMELESS Living & Style Luxury Edition is a special limited edition that provides a barometer of taste and sophistication. It curates the world’s finest experiences and products for our discerning, high-end audience. Topics include forward-thinking ideas in luxury fashion, destinations, cars, interior decor, technology, premium watches, fine jewellery, and fine cakes and chocolates.

This coffee table print edition brings together high-end experiences and trends from around the world and will enjoy a unique distribution by private subscription, direct mail and targeted placements in hotels, airport and private banks lounges, restaurants and at events. Written not only to engage our elite audience, it also offers a stunning piece of artwork readers can hold right in their hands, and use as their personal gateway into the world of luxurious living. Offering an inimitable sensory experience, it's a timeless collection that one keeps going back to over and over.

It provides a unique opportunity for luxury brands and advertisers to present their products and services.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Extreme Makeover Boutique Conference (EMBC) 2015



Extreme Makeover Boutique Conference (EMBC), is an outreach designed to bring peace, perspective and purpose to today's busy woman. Essentially a day of fun, food and fellowship; the EMBC desires that women everywhere enjoy authentic fellowship, tackle real life issues in a relaxed atmosphere and are able to let their hair down. It is an opportunity for women to be pampered physically and spiritually.

EMBC hopes to inspire women to celebrate what could be the most exciting stage of their lives and is open to women from all walks of life from the ages of 21 years and above. Past EMBCs have had participants with age range from 20 to 68 years young!

Previous editions of EMBC have held at Lagoon Waters, Four Points By Sheraton and Intercontinental Lagos respectively, all in Victoria Island, Lagos attended by over 2,000 women, with themes as varied as True Beauty - By the Book; Re-Inventing Your Life from the Inside Out; Celebrating You, Celebrating Life; and Arise and Shine.

Extreme Makeover 5 with the theme “A New You!” will hold on Friday, 1st May 2015 at The Ibru Gardens, Louis Solomon Close, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos. This May Day Event will be hosted by celebrated actress, presenter, producer and writer Iretiola Doyle. The event, which runs from 9am till 5pm, will be divided into different segments and participants are encouraged to participate in sessions most relevant to them as well as the general sessions.

Celebrated comedian Seyi Law, international jazz singer Yinka Davies, Radio Personality Dan Forster, FADAN President Funmi Ajila-Ladipo, Celebrity DJ/Banker DJ Biso and Comedian Mandy will be on hand as judges and to host different sessions of the event.

Attendees enjoy learning new things, networking and participating in various workshops on finance, career, nutrition, and spiritual growth. Attendees also participate in activities including spa treatments, make-up sessions, Karaoke competition, photo shoots, fashion exhibitions etc. The Women's Fair is also a big highlight of the day as many attendees are afforded the opportunity of shopping for women related products and services. The conference is free to all partcipants and is organised by the Scarlet 2 Snow Ministries (scarlet2snow.org), an NGO committed to transforming the lives of women through various fora and outreaches.  


Monday, November 10, 2014

Myles Munroe: A Kingdom Driven Life By Ayodeji Jeremiah





Myles Munroe is a man of many talents. He sings, plays piano and guitar, sculpts, paints, writes books and is a gifted speaker. He does acrylic work, watercolour and oil painting and also loves to read. With these abilities and with three degrees from the Oral Roberts University in Fine Arts, Education, and Theology, he could have gone in a lot of different directions after graduation.

Growing up in the Bahamas, however, gave Munroe a different idea of how he should spend his life. “I came to ORU with ministry on my mind,” Munroe said. “I didn’t come to ORU to look for a wife or to get an education [in order] to get a job,” Munroe said. “I came to ORU because I already had a passion in my heart to make a difference in my country.” His success earned him the 2004 Alumnus of the Year award from Oral Roberts for distinguished service to God. Munroe has also received the highest award possible from the Bahamian government: the Silver Jubilee Award for providing outstanding service to the Bahamas in the category of Religion. In 1998, he became the youngest citizen of the Bahamas ever to receive the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), an award bestowed by the Queen of England. Munroe started public speaking at the age of fourteen and by seventeen could gather 5,000 people in one location and had his country’s Prime Minister as one of his guests.  

What motivated Munroe was the feeling that “most of the people in developing countries, like the one I’m from, about four billion people worldwide, were victims of oppression, and that oppressive impact has developed a mentality that is not conducive to the fulfilment and the maximization of their potential. Most people of colour come out of that environment with their . . . self-esteem . . . damaged. So, my passion still is to restore [what was lost] from the impact that oppression has had on billions of people.” To do that, Munroe felt that people needed to hear a good Word. “I was set free personally when I began to discover the original message of the Bible: what God had created man to do and to be,” he said. “That really motivated me to teach that to as many people as possible, to . . . help people discover their real purpose.”  

After completing a master’s degree in administration at the University of Tulsa in 1980, Munroe returned home and started Bahamas Faith Ministries International, a Christian growth and resource centre that now includes leadership training institutes, a mission’s agency, a publishing company, a television network, radio and Web communications, and a church community. It’s a global work that has touched more than 80 countries, as Munroe conducts seminars and fulfils hundreds of speaking engagements each year.  

“My vision,” Munroe continued, “is wrapped up in one statement: I exist to transform followers into leaders. My philosophy is, trapped in every follower is a leader. My belief is, if that person is placed in the right environment, the leader will manifest himself or herself. As I teach a seminar, I teach the information that creates the stimuli, spiritually and academically for them to tap into their ‘hidden leader.’’’ The “unbelievable” response worldwide has given Munroe a vision for a “leadership incubator” where, he said, “after you finish your academic studies, you come to me, I put you in this environment, and then you come out the other side as a leader.” Munroe says his ultimate goal is to establish a world-class leadership institute that will attract members of Congress and Parliament, legislators, doctors, lawyers, “people who make decisions,” he said. “And the school would be built on biblical principles.” After all, he said, “all true leadership training steals all of its information from the Bible.”

Dr. Munroe’s number one love and preoccupation is his family (his wife and two children). They have been married for 27 years and have enjoyed their life together. “We have had a wonderful marriage and we expect to live and die together. We are a great example to our kids as it relates to loving your spouse. I love my wife with all my heart. We are best friends and she makes me happy. My son, Myles Junior, is 21 years old and my daughter, Charisa, is 22 years old. They are currently pursuing their master's degrees at ORU and they both have a clear vision for their lives, and they have the full support of my wife and I. Given what he gained at ORU, Munroe couldn’t think of a better place for them. “I would never exchange ORU and the experience I had there for anything in the world,” said the former missions director. “What I’m doing now, I can say that ORU had a significant role in preparing me [for it]. “ORU inculcated in us that you could be a strong believer in a very difficult environment and make a very positive impact.” My wife is my partner in my work. She is also a public speaker and also undertakes teaching and training in our conferences. We do everything together. Ruth Ann and I got married when we were 25 years old. What attracted me to her was that she was so busy fulfilling her purpose that she didn't need me. I think if a woman needs a good husband she should not look for him but she should instead be preoccupied pursuing her dreams and vision.

To those who have rejected Christianity as a tool of cultural oppression, Dr. Munroe says, “I believe that religion can be, and in many ways, is a source of oppression because in many cases religion is built on traditions and belief systems that do not allow the adherent to that religion to think for himself or to question those standards or traditions. In many ways religion is also used to minimise thinking. From the Leninist perspective religion seems to have a paralytic effect on people in that it doesn't allow them to be progressive in their thinking or expansive in their views or to be developmental in their perspective of life. I can see why. This has led me in my own journey to conclude that there is a distinct difference between religion and the Kingdom of God. Jesus' message and His work was a practical, need-meeting, life transforming philosophy. We, therefore, need to revisit and rediscover the Jesus of the four Gospels and the message He taught, and compare that to the religion we have developed called Christianity.

His message to Christian leaders is that they should, in this time of social crisis, economic stress, political uncertainty and domestic unravelling of homes, become proactive. It is no longer acceptable for them to sit back and prepare people to leave earth. We need leaders who will prepare people to live on earth ­a faith that integrates itself with society and confronts and engages the society. We need leaders today who are not afraid to confront the issues and the people who are damaging the society, whether they are political leaders, gang leaders or even fellow ministers who are not living up to the standards that they should. We need leaders today who are willing to pay the price to be different.

His primary influences in life he says are his parents and Revd. Oral Roberts. “My mother and father were very strong believers and their impact on their children (there were 11 of us) was very positive. They taught us to dream big, to believe and to have faith in ourselves. They always made us believe that it was possible to achieve our dreams. The other person who impacted my life was Oral Roberts. I began to read his material at a very young age. He was born with tuberculosis and almost died but by a miracle he lived to establish a worldwide work through his ministry. Among the other persons who impacted my life was Dr. Turnel Nelson from Trinidad and Tobago; Dr. Fuchsia Pickett (deceased founder of the Fountain Gates Ministries, Texas); and Andre Crouch, contemporary gospel musician, has influenced me musically. These are just a few of the many people who have influenced my life.

On the basics that one needs for success, Dr. Munroe believes that every human being was born with a natural gift. He also believes that every human being was born with a purpose - to fulfil something specific on earth. “Education is important but you don't need education as a primary prerequisite to success as many of the people who are successful in the world are not necessarily well educated. If you want to be successful in life, you should never seek success. Instead of seeking success, seek to become a person of value. Successful people are those who have made themselves so valuable that people are willing to pay them to be who they are.

Dr. Munroe advises the black man on how he can transform himself into a leader in the society especially in countries like the United States, Jamaica and South Africa where they can’t even find jobs. He believes that in order for the black man to transform himself into a leader, he must first change the way he thinks. For example, the "black man" tends to look for a job rather than look for opportunities for business. “What we need to do is to stop looking for people to engage our gifts or to employ us but rather to become creative and let our own gifts create opportunities for us. I want to challenge every black man to start thinking about creative opportunities rather than employment. I am convinced that everyone was born with a seed of greatness and that they have the potential to turn that seed into a fruitful tree and to let that gift bring them success. So, I challenge our people of colour to begin thinking of themselves as producers rather than consumers, to become productive rather than dependent and to become deployed rather than employed.

His main objectives for the next five years include becoming a New York Times best-selling author. He plans to establish the facilities for a leadership institute to train leaders around the world and he intends to see that his children are married to good people who can be an asset to them in the world. “My son and daughter are a major part of my goals because if you don't leave a successor in the world then you are a failure. Whenever challenges come I meet them with a determination that I will overcome. You never succeed in life without tests and trials. Failure to me is always temporary.”

The biggest message Dr. Myles Munroe has been preaching on over the past few years has been on The Kingdom of Heaven. The astute Man of God has been teaching and studying and meditating on the Kingdom message for the past 20 years and has churned out multiple books loaded with fresh insight and understanding. Dr. Myles elaborated on the role, purpose and power of The Holy Spirit in the Kingdom of Heaven. He identifies the Holy Spirit as the Governor of The Kingdom. “The message of the Bible is not about a religion, the message of the Bible is about a King and His Kingdom and His Royal Kids. The Bible is about a Kingdom, that means it is about the dominion of a King over His territory.”

Dr. Myles gives us a definition for kingdom. “A kingdom is the governing influence of a king over his territory impacting that territory with His will.”

The first saying of Jesus Christ is found in Matthew Chapter 4:17, “And from that time forward, Jesus began to declare, proclaim or to preach, Repent because the Kingdom of Heaven has arrived.” The teacher wanted hearers to understand that Christ came to introduce a government with a territory, and not a religion. “All kingdoms have territories; the territory that is immediately under the King’s rule is called his domain. But all kingdoms historically also have territories that are owned by the king, but they are not under his direct physical rule. That territory takes on a different name, it is called a colony. Where the king lives physically is called his domain, where the king rules, but not in the physical, is called his colony.” “Earth is not in Heaven. Heaven has a King. Heaven therefore is the direct domain of that King, so when you refer to Heaven, you refer to it as the Kingdom of God. Heaven is the original country, the home country, the domain of God.”

Dr. Myles explained that God created the universe as an extension of His Kingdom. “Earth is a colony of Heaven. (A foreign place) The purpose of a colony is to extend the kingdom of that king to that foreign place. Kings and kingdoms administer their will in their colony through governors.” “The way a king administrates a colony is through a governor. It is the way a king extends his influence to a colony; he doesn’t do it directly, he sends a person to live in that colony representing him and that person is called a governor.” We must return to this very important message as it is the original message of Jesus, Whom we claim to represent.” Truthfully speaking, how many Believers are walking around preaching this message today? We find in Matthew 10:7 that Jesus specifically instructed the disciples to preach this one message: “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” “Jesus tied His return and the end of the age to specifically this message of the Kingdom (Matt 24:14)…and said that when we (the church) get this message “of the Kingdom” and preach it; ‘not our doctrines or denominations or our own theological beliefs or tenants’ to the world, then the end will come. “I have taught this Kingdom message in over 50 nations and it continues. We have received and continue to receive thousands of emails, letters and phone calls attesting to the life-changing impact the Kingdom Message is having on the hearers, and we are glad. Many have said it was the missing link in their search for spiritual fulfilment and answers many of their lingering questions beyond Christianity. Hundreds of pastors and Bible schools have now adopted the Kingdom Book for their ministries.”  

“I have been teaching the Kingdom Message for over 20 years now, but it is just beginning to be received and understood. My books entitled “Understanding The Kingdom”, “Rediscovering The Kingdom” and “Applying The Kingdom” all provide detailed instructions about the Kingdom message and they all continue to be big sellers. Dr. Myles rightfully reminds that it is “the only message we have been given as the Body of Christ. “Saints, our eyes have been opened to the truth that we are God’s colonies.  Jesus is Our King and the Holy Spirit which He sent, is our Governor. We have been made aware that Jesus asked us to preach a certain message, The Gospel of Jesus Christ with the assurance that signs and wonders would follow; that message is simply this, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

I went to college and have a degree in theology, but there was not one class on the Kingdom. I read the four Gospels and it was the only thing that Jesus preached. That was a very strange contradiction to me. The Spirit of God has been speaking about the Kingdom for years, but we are finally listening and that’s exciting to me. We will see the true impact of the Kingdom if we keep preaching it. What we call signs and wonders and miracles are simply the evidence of the presence of another government – the Kingdom. A kingdom is not a religion. It’s the influence of a government over a domain or a territory. It’s the impact of a king over a territory. That’s why it’s called a “king-dom” – a king’s domain. So miracles, signs and wonders are not for entertainment. Miracles are not supposed to be used as a point of attracting believers to big meetings. Miracles, signs and wonders are supposed to show that another government, another authority, another power, another Kingdom is present. The more we preach the Kingdom, I guarantee you the more we will see miracles taking place; I mean on a daily basis. Just like any government impacts the land over which it rules, so will the Kingdom of God impact the world when we begin to appropriate its authority and power. That’s what Jesus did.

Dr. Munroe believes there’s a great need for spiritual fathers that being one of the greatest lacks in the Body of Christ. “That is why there is so much immorality, unethical behaviour and corruption. Families are disintegrating, divorce is skyrocketing, rebellion is in the Church, and congregations are splitting. I am certain this is the result of a lack of fathering. We have many great preachers, fantastic singers, awesome teachers but very few fathers. Fathers are difficult to find because fathering has more to do with care than with charisma. It has more to do with responsibility than with performance. It has more to do with leadership, accountability and love than with fame, exposure and glory. Fathering requires a commitment to nurturing and developing others rather than using and benefiting from others. In the Body of Christ lately there seems to be a tremendous pursuit of titles. It’s amazing that everyone wants a title but no one wants the title of father. They are pursuing the titles of bishops and apostles and prophets and evangelists, but how come no one desires to be a father? We are in dire need of spiritual fathers. We have very few people who are willing to lay their lives down for the sake of the development of other people. Many leaders today have not been properly fathered. My hope is that there will be fathers who will be strong enough in character to rebuke and correct and to restore some sanity to the people who are in leadership positions who have not been fathered.

On why he prefers to teach rather than preach, an approach that seems largely acceptable by a lot of people, he says that is because that is what Jesus did. In his view, the difference between preaching and teaching is very important. To preach means to declare, to pronounce or to announce. To teach means to train and instruct for change. Preaching doesn’t change people. Preaching may attract, give information, alert people, even convict people, but teaching brings understanding and you cannot change until you understand. You cannot grow until you have information. That’s why Jesus taught. Jesus never preached to the disciples. He preached to the multitudes, but He taught His disciples. He announced the Kingdom to the multitudes but He taught the Kingdom to His disciples.

As to the biggest challenges to spreading the Gospel in developing nations; Dr. Munroe believes that the only ones that can reach these people are the people themselves. “I believe that the greatest way to win the Third World is to win the Third World people first and let them go back into their own culture and into their own environment and share the Gospel. One of the greatest obstacles is the misconception of who Jesus is. Many Third World people I work with have a concept of Christ that comes from what religion calls Christianity. In many ways Christianity has misrepresented Christ in a very terrible way. I’m talking about hundreds of years of history that has really damaged the image of Jesus. Many of these people don’t want to hear about Christianity. Secondly, in many of these countries there are very strong cultic religions, and those religions have also twisted the concept that people have of Christ. We need to correct that. Thirdly, in many of those countries there is a misconception of God and the reason why Christ came to earth. We have misrepresented and almost made Jesus Christ synonymous with democracy. That’s dangerous because Christ is a King, not a president. Finally, poverty and corruption are major issues in many of these countries because of poor leadership that was a product of oppression. People have been dispossessed. They have been raped of their dignity, their self-concept, self-worth and self-respect. Christianity is not enough as a religion. These people need restoration of self-concept and in many cases the religion of Christianity does not provide these answers. Many times it can provide the religion but it doesn’t provide restoration of the quality of life that people need to have to believe in themselves. So these are some of the issues that we need to look at in the 21st century and I hope the Church will take another look at what makes effective missions.

“I am convinced that the last world on earth is the Third World; that God has now turned His face toward them. I am convinced that the greatest spiritual movement on earth is about to emerge and it will not emerge from the First World or the Second World. It will emerge from the Third World. It has already begun. I am a part of it. I represent them. The largest churches that exist today and the massive growing emerging ministries are in developing countries. I believe that God is going to transfer the responsibilities for winning the world in this century to the Third World people. Also keep in mind that the largest segment of the world’s population is in Third World countries. So it is very natural for the Lord by His wisdom to move among those people to win their own people. If the second and first worlds are wise, they will begin to learn from the third world and find out what’s going on and not to try to impose their brand of Christianity on the third world because it will not and cannot work. God is raising up people without anyone’s permission. He is calling them. He is anointing them without anyone’s sanction and the greatest leaders in the world to come will be third world leaders used of God. They are going to be products of their culture and God is going to use them to impact the world. And my prayer is that the Second, First and Third World believers will cooperate and not compete with each other and see the world won for Jesus.

On the benefits of networking with other ministries, Dr. Munroe says no one man can win the whole world but all men together under Christ can win the world. God will never place His program in the hands of any one person or one ministry. He’s too smart for that. But He will make it necessary for all of us to have a piece of everything and that’s why we need one another. One of the weaknesses of the Church in history is the spirit of exclusivity and isolation. That’s why denominations were developed. One move of God thought that it was the move of God and so they began to believe that previous or future moves could not be moves of God. This is very sad. The world seems to be wiser than us because it realizes it has strength and it has weakness and that’s why you have what they call merging companies. Some of the most successful companies in history are those that merged with other strong companies. The Church needs to learn that lesson and begin to network. Networking is first understanding your strengths and weaknesses, appreciating the strengths of another and then joining your weakness to that person’s strength so that you can be stronger. We will not make it in this 21st century without networking. Networking requires, first of all maturity, secondly, the ability to submit to another man’s strength. Without those two added elements we remain prideful and weak.

On how we can break down the barriers between races and cultures in the Body of Christ: Dr. Munroe asks everyone to reduce ‘ourselves from every race to one race and that is the human race.’ “As long as we consider race beyond human race there will be racism. We need to get a revelation of what it means to be human. Racism and bigotry is not only related to pigmentation of skin. It can also be related to differences of opinions or differences of methods. We can be a racist between denominations and belief systems. The source of racism is low self-esteem, low self-worth and a poor self-concept. Once you realize how valuable you are as a human and recognize that everybody else is also made in the same image as you are, then equality is an automatic result. The greatest command in the law is the secret to destroying racism and that is to love God with all your heart, your soul, and your strength. Then love yourself and love your neighbour to the same degree that you love yourself. Until you love yourself, racism will always be present. Racism is a sign of self-hatred. I don’t care if you speak in tongues. I don’t care how many miracles you work. If you have problems with people who are different from you, then you are still suffering from self-hatred. If you discover and really understand God and love what God is and who God is, then you’ll naturally love yourself because you are made in His image. It’s impossible for you to love God and hate your brother.

One of Dr. Munroe’s key messages is “everyone is born for a God-given purpose and potential to fill that purpose.” How does he see the apostolic and prophetic ascension gifts helping believers recognize and walk out their purpose? “The Apostle Paul said Christ gave to the Church some gifts, some functions. They are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to train the saints for the work of their ministry. That word “ministry” means to exercise their gifts. So the goal of all leadership is to help people under their care to first discover their purpose (the word “purpose” means original intent) and then help them develop the character and skill to execute that assignment. Then the Body will never suffer weakness because each one will bring to the table their gift, their strength. Purpose is the discovery of your reason for existing. Without purpose life is an experiment.

On what he sees as the biggest challenges facing the Body of Christ today and what we can do to address these issues; “The Church is becoming impressed with itself. We seem to be preoccupied with promoting ourselves to ourselves. There seems to be such a clutch for self-promotion, self-labelling, self-advertisement, and self-possession. That is very dangerous because the commission God gave the Church is not to promote itself but to reach the world. Also, the world is being given a very distorted picture of the true message of the Kingdom. Right now religion is the number one problem in the world and we know that all the terrorism that we are experiencing and the fear is mostly motivated by religion. Jesus Christ did not bring a religion into the world. He bought a Kingdom. The world doesn’t need another religion. It doesn’t need traditions and rituals. The world needs a practical application of principles and precepts that will impact their daily lives. Jesus said blessed are those who are poor spiritually for to them belong, not a religion, but the Kingdom of heaven. Only the Kingdom satisfies spiritual hunger not religion.

Originally published in The Christian News in March 2008