Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre Lagos, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, has said the value of any church is measured by its impacts on the society where it exists, not by the number of cathedrals built.
He spoke on Saturday when the church gave out back-to- school materials to various pupils and students across the state for the new season.
The host of Success Power talk show said: “We as a church believe and practice the teaching of Christ on being responsible to the society where we live.
“We noticed the gap and a unit in our church started it over seven years ago and it has since become an annual event for us.
“This year, we decentralized around six various locations like Idimu, Agege, Ikorodu, Lekki, Badagry and Oregun in Lagos so that many people can benefit.
“We are doing 20,000 children this year and the reports getting to me show the pupils and their parents are happy. What is the value of a church if it can contribute to the society?”
Speaking with newsmen, Adeyemi noted though the government is trying its best but urged other church leaders to support governments at all levels in solving the societal issues particularly the educational challenges.
He noted the country needs to be deliberate in taking care of the most vulnerable people as such portends dangers ahead.
He charged governments officials at all levels to maximize the opportunity to create lasting positive impressions.
“Leadership is a phenomena opportunity. Selfishness and leadership don’t go together.
“It is sacrifice that makes the best of a leader’s opportunity. I want to encourage our leaders to pay more attention to these younger lives because they are our tomorrow as a nation.”
The church benevolence unit head, Akinwande Ademosu, said:
“The passion behind the programme annually is tied to the commitment of the church to raise the next generation of leaders.
“We are committed to see transformation in the true sense of it not just in words.
“This massive expense is solely powered by the church without any agency’s support.
“However, we are opened going forward to such so we can touch more lives in the society. It is about the people not the church.”