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Kalu Aja: What Is The Point Of Church Service If The Congregation Is Hungry?

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Kalu Aja, the Chief Executive Officer of AfriSwiss Capital Assets Management Limited and a financial expert has questioned the need for church services if its members and congregations are hungry.
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Kalu Aja, the Chief Executive Officer of AfriSwiss Capital Assets Management Limited and a financial expert has questioned the need for church services if its members and congregations are hungry.

Aja said;

“I am not talking about religion. I am talking business, wealth creation, leveraging the power of the crowd. The churches needs to concentrate on wealth creation to build the Nigerian economy. After Jesus preached, he fed them. Christianity is a verb. The Church should be showing how to survive a harsh economy”.

Nigeria is home to some of the largest mega churches in the world with a capacity of over 100,000 members in a single gathering. Dr. Paul Enenche’s Dunamis International Gospel Centre located in Abuja has a sitting capacity of 100,000 members, while the David Ibiyeomie’s Salvation Ministries has sitting capacity of 120,000 members.

David Oyedepo’s Living Faith Church also known as Winners Chapel has over 50,000 sitting capacity and there some other churches including Redeemed Christian Church Of God, RCCG, Mountain Of Fire And Miracles Ministries, MFM, The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement, Christ Embassy that tens of thousands troops in weekly to worship.

The financial expert argued that the church has failed in harnessing the power of the crowd to save the Nigerian economy because some of the churches boast of members in their millions, while founders flaunt wealth. He said the churches and pastors should be a vehicle that drives employment and economic growth in the country.

Nigeria’s unemployment rate is growing at an alarming rate of 33.3 per cent which translates to 23.2 million jobless people. Most of them are youths, according to the National Bureau of Statistics report published in March 2021.

Aja asked;

“What has your church done for your brand and product lately? You attend a 100,000 church, but that church can’t print a brochure and showcase a new brand every week for free?

“Has your church organised a ‘promote my hustle day’? Where the church will rent a trade fair and you can show your product for free? Or does your church own a shop in a market where you can display your SME products?”

The CEO however listed four ways Nigerian churches and their founders can salvage their members from poverty and joblessness.

The AfriSwiss boss said, churches could, “Train them (members) to start business; give them the advantage of low-cost credit; promote their brands and reduce their costs.

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