Oyedepo and pastors’ saga: It’s okay to sack, after all, it is business – Seye Olaniyonu

Oyedepo and pastors’ saga: It’s okay to sack, after all, it is business – Seye Olaniyonu

What is the fuss over the sacking of some pastors of the Living Faith Church? Why are people always eager to bash Bishop David Oyedepo?


Oyedepo has never said he is running a charity organization. The man is running a business; a business empire built on an un-Christ-like approach. But the most important thing is that it is a successful business. And in business, it is all about hiring and firing. If the numbers are not adding up, you take action.


Unfortunately, the “growth index” of the affected churches did not meet “heavenly” standards”.


But on a serious note, this man is running a business empire. For the avoidance of doubts, Oyedepo did not get to his current rarefied position by being a sucker. Indeed, he got there by adopting ruthless business principles taught in places like Harvard Business School.


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Two universities, multiple schools, thousands of churches and one of the largest auditoriums in the world. You don’t build all these by tolerating failures.


However, dear Bishop, please avoid the urge to “shalaye” as we say on Twitter before Lai Mohammed decided otherwise. All these explanations, “ko nesestri now.”


“We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failures. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.”


The statement above, made by the popular man of God in a viral above, is not necessary.


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We know you adopted the Machiavelli approach here, something from the Mafia Manager. But this one that you are now saying; “We are just simply obeying God and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God!”


Sir, we know that you did a performance review, running through the numbers before you booted the pastors out. Their failure is not about the Holy Spirit and all. It was all about Naira and Kobo. Hence, we can do without the confusion. Don’t confuse us, please.


Maybe your review also failed to take in the specificities of the economic crunch in some of the states these axed pastors were based in.


Sir, in Ekiti, it is only Yahoo boys that have money and most businesses have re-strategized to ensure their patronage. Perhaps, you should inform your pastors in the state. In Benue State, they can even use some subsidies from the Church. Governor Samuel Ortom is a notorious serial debtor. He is owing workers in the state.


In conclusion, sir, the competition to keep meeting those growth indexes is getting harder for these pastors. Just swallow your pride and send some of these pastors in your flock to the Lagos Business School. They may need new strategies on pushing back the competition across the country because the competition in your industry is harder than that in the music industry.

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