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Are Pastors/ Go's Fair To Us?

When i was growing up,i attended primary and secondary schools that were owned by missionaries. During my years there,we were given almost free books while the school fees were nothing at all because they were owned by churches. But these days,the institutions owned by churches are beyond the reach of the poor. Is it covenant university? Redeemers university?etc that we are talking about? even the church members that owned these institutions cant afford to send their kids there,so you can see that these pastors did not put into consideration the poor members in their church before fixing the school fees,even the rich one amongst them are also complaining. So you can see that these pastors/Go's are not FAIR at all.

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Do you mean these pastors are businessmen? Are they beign fair to ripe off innocent people?

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Is either they are greedy or wicked.

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@devonian,you are very correct. The schools owned by muslim does not charge high school fees. Then why are our so called pastors greedy?

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NO, they are not fair to us at all.

1. They do not tell us the truth.

2. They use the weakness of their congregation to exploit them. (tithing, offering, seed sowing, love offering, special offering and all that )

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Those church schools you referred to were established, owned and run by mainline churches: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, and Baptist, to mention a few. The rationale for the education enterprise you described was Mission and Evangelism. These new generations with their General Overseers (GO's) quintessentially differs. Their focus is to make money and prosperity in abundance.

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Whenever you see the church formed a so called 'ministry/mentor program/project' which has 'Incorporation/Limited' words attached to its title, BEWARE - slowly but surely the church will use you(if you joined those ministry) for its business purposes.

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You guys should have requested for a refund.

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60% is both the rich and the poor members put together. It was a trick,cos the school now belongs to the pastor's family, not to the church as promised by the general overseer when he was sourcing for the funds.

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Oh well. If the objective was to provide education members can access, then i guess its 419. But 60% is not bad, you have to make it completely free to achieve 90-100%. Then you have to increase the church takings like offerings, tithe, first fruit (add second fruit) to fund it.

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@zikkyy, okay tell about what happened in my former church here in kaduna. The general overseer announced that there is need for the church to have a school,were the members can send their kid at an affordable rate, the whole members came together to make sure this dream is realised. By the time the school finally commenced,it was only about 60% that was able to send their kids there because of the high school fees that was being collected. What i am saying in a nutshell is that those pastors/GO's always brainwashed their members when it comes to things like these because they will be the ones to benefit from it.

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Maybe they are.

Again, it depends. Why did they contribute? was it because they wanted to identify with the project (i.e. my church owns a school)? was it because they must abide by the request of the G.O? was it because they wanted a stake (i.e. become shareholders)? or was it because they were looking forward to good and affordable education? If they were expecting affordable education for their kids, then maybe they were not thinking.

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@zikkyy,are you now saying that the members are fools per-taking in these establishment?

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It depends. Like you said it was a contribution/donation from church members, not a stake purchase. So they cannot be seen as shareholders in the business (if the objective is to make profit). I am not sure church members were told the proposed school/education project will be available at a discounted/low fee before they made the contribution. So they can send their kids if they can afford it.

But if you still view them as shareholders (being members of the church), then they will have to wait for dividend from profit.

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Segyemaro,

This is what happens when folks put their trust in man instead of God through his Son Jesus Christ. Now every "Church" is really a Church though they might call themselves that, we need to get that straight. They are business men and not what you guys call them.

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Are you now saying that those that contributed towards the planting of the schools dont ave right to send their kids there?

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I dont think the promoters had charity in mind when they were setting up these schools. IMO, i would say part of the objective will be fund raising for the church (i.e. to complement other sources of church income). If the objective of setting up the school was to make profit, i dont think the school fees is that bad. I dont believe the schools are owned by the church members either. It's either built in the name of the church (as an organisation) or probably in the name of the G.O, but not a collective ownership.

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@ogajim, we are talking about institutions belonging to churches. Are these schools not soppose to be free? Mind you these institutes were built with the various offerings from members.

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This has been one of my problem with Nigeria so called big men of God.

I had the opportunity to discuss this with a member of RCCG whom the father is a top pastor in the church. She lost out of the debate becoz she could not defend such an unjust acts of some churchs in Nigeria. I dont think that is fair neither is it biblical. The school was built by every lil kobo directly or indirectly contributed by the poor from the church. Am very sure on the last day they will have this question to answered to God if they dont repent from such acts of greediness and revised their stand on using God's property as a money making venture, instead of a relieve to the poor and lil once among us.

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@manmustwac, the meaning of GO means general overseer,i hope you know how powerful that title is in this country nigeria.

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I think he means "General Overseers".  This is a Nigerian/African thing, most churches don't have them - at least not with that title.

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what do you mean by Go's?

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