Nigerian Pastors Using Celebrities To Boost Church Attendance Under Fire As CAN Condemns New Trend
October 12, 2017 – Nigerian Pastors Using Celebrities To Boost Church Attendance Under Fire As CAN Condemns New Trend
The Christian Association of Nigeria has criticised the attitude of some churches, especially in Abuja, in inviting secular celebrities and entertainment stars to boost attendance at their programmes.
The General Secretary of CAN, Musa Asake, condemned the new trend saying it would only distract people from the teachings of Christ.
He said rather than the ‘‘church learning from the world, the church should be imparting the world.’’
It is now common for some churches to publicise upcoming programmes and services by printing massive bill-boards and circulating posters, bills, fliers to announce the attendance of actors, musicians and other celebrities at such events.
At times, local and international gospel acts are invited alongside these entertainment icons to boost attendance.
Years ago, this would have been an anomaly as the church is believed to frown at allowing the vestiges of worldly influence invade its terrain.
Recently, however, the trend seems to have changed, at least with some churches, with the invitation of A-list Nollywood celebrities, musicians and comedians to church programmes- perhaps to attract more crowd to such events.
Early last year, two churches, Action Faith Int’l and Prevailing Power Assembly in Abuja invited Nollywood star, Patience Ozokwor and Osita Iheme (Paw Paw) respectively to some of their events.
Also, last year, House on the Rock Church invited Akpopororo, a comedian, to its annual programme, ”The Experience”, also to perform.
And most recently, Firehouse Church, Nyanya invited entertainment stars, Ini Edo, Desmond Elliot and Osita Iheme in August and actress cum comedian, Funke Akindele (popularly known as Jenifa) in September.
We learnt that these churches invited the celebrities to their events to shore up attendance and also motivate their members to elicit more commitment.
October 13, 2017 at 12:38 AM
WRONG TREND AND UNNECESSARY PUBLICITY STUNTS.WE HAVE DERAILED SO BAD IN TEACHINGS OF CHRIST.ONE CAN EVEN SKYPE OR STREAM CHURCH SERVICE AT THE COMFORT OF THEIR BEDROOM WITH ONE FLIMPSY EXCUSE THAT THE TAILOR FELL SHORT IN SEWING HER NEW DRESS.gOD OF MEN ARE HOLDING TIGHT THE PULPIT THROUGH BULLY,RAISING FUNDS BY FORCE AND BY FORCE.FEW PERCENTAGE OF THEM STILL DO THE RIGHT THING.ITS SHOCKING SEEING CHURCH FOLLOWERS ON BARE FOOT AND OUT OF ALIGNMENT SHOES WHILE PASTOR RIDES ON A LAMBORGINI WITH NUMEROUS PAIRS OF LOUBOUTIN SHOES.LET THE NEEDLESS ADVERTISEMENT STOP.
October 13, 2017 at 1:58 AM
there noting wrong in bringing celebrities into the church everybody needs christ
they are human and not saints we are all sinners . so pls mr or mrs iron bar keep your mouth shut
October 13, 2017 at 5:49 AM
So to you there is nothing wrong in bringing musicians, comedians and secular celebrities into church programme right? I wonder if you know the mission of those guys invited into the church. Comedians will appear on the alter or platform to crack jokes sending several church attendants into laughter and all sort of musicians playing all manners of songs and all of that happening right in the house of God and you find no problem with that? I wonder what kind of church you do attend personally. Those who need christ doesn’t come to church to stage a comedy to crack people up during a moment that should be marked by complete spiritual upliftment. Those pastors inviting all sort of musicians into the house of God with the intent of singing secular/ Godly musics should be question by CAN. This are fake men of God that have allowed all sort of worldly influence infiltrate the house of God with negative impact in the lives of churchgoers. The lifesaving truths found in the holy scriptures has been obscured and completely replaced by life of secularity among pastors. Firm stand has to been taking by CAN against this so called men of God in this regard.
October 13, 2017 at 9:28 PM
@binbo u are quite wrong wt ur observation concerning iron bar