I am a student of a campus in Nigeria and I attend a well known fellowship on campus. What you are about to read is a must-read for every Nigerian student and even the soon to come, anticipating students. We all should read this, you can share so others can read too.
The issue of titles in Campus Fellowships in Nigeria has been so baffling, I had thought and thought about this and I end up asking myself, why do things have to be like this? Are we even following the scripture like this? Yet we parade ourselves as the most holy and religious people on earth. May God help us.
One common thing in Campus Fellowships is Titles; Papa, Mama, Apostle, Fire, Prayer Machine, Popsy, Mumsy and lots more. An average Christian student can not go to the general Chapel of prayer or prayer ground on campus and be at rest; because he does not want to be seen by his mates, he knows they will start eulogizing him shouting and honouring him with several titles, when he had just gone to talk to His Father in prayer.
Executives in Campus Fellowships are at very risky ends. They automatically become Papa and Mama. Yes, they are executives and are looking after the sheep in that position but that does not mean they stopped being a student like you. Please let these people serve in peace because they are meant to serve. We are meant to pray for them, not taunt them with unnecessary titles of who they are yet to be or may not even be.
A Fellowship President tends to see himself already going into a pastoral or even apostolic ministry as we commonly know but that may not be what God has in plan for him. The evangelism coordinator by means of default already sees himself becoming a missionary after school all because of what people call him.
Am I saying it is not good to think like this? Am I saying they cannot become these things? No! But we should always remember that these people are young lads like us and they need more of our prayers than the unnecessary titles we pin on them. Even most of these titles are not given out of sincerity, they are whining.
Your roommate was chosen as an executive then you stopped relating with him like you used to. You started calling him big big names. This is someone that is begging God because he was overwhelmed by the position, he thought he could talk to you about his fears but there you are, mocking him with Titles. It is not good!
I feel so pained by this and I did my research and confirmed it is the same in almost all Campus Fellowships in Nigeria. Why??!
We are brothers and sisters. These executives are God’s gift to the church. Let us stop treating them as if they are robots. We should even pray for them, they are going through a lot that they may not tell you. Please pray for them. They are making a lot of sacrifices and it takes only grace. Pray that Grace will abound for them. Stop giving them insincere titles. Even when you celebrate God’s grace in them, celebrate it with genuinity, look out for them, pray for them and in your own little way, care for them. You necessarily don’t need to celebrate a person by plastering titles on him or her.
These people have listening ears, yet they can’t tell you so much about themselves. For example, a Welfare Coordinator: she looks out for the welfare of others and provides their physical needs and even try to help them with their spiritual whereas she herself needs some money. She can’t possibly tell those she is looking out for.
Some of our executives still have their weaknesses. Please do not build pride in their hearts unconsciously. It is only a privilege to serve and if you will celebrate them, do it with sincerity, look out for them.
We are brothers and sisters, not Papas and Mamas, even those words are not biblical but that is a discussion for another day.
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