It is no longer news that Bishop David Oyedepo founder/General Overseer of Living Faith Church also known as Winners Chapel sacked about 40 Pastors in the employ of Living Faith Church worldwide in Ekiti State.
It was reported that Bishop Oyedepo, sacked the 40 Pastors of the church for not meeting up with the targeted money they were supposed to rake in into the purse of the church.
The Internet is awash with people advicing the sacked Pastors to seek redress in court, while others advised them to take their cases to Gd in prayer. One of such persons is popular media personality, Morayo Afolabi-Brown, she urged the sacked Pastors to take their grievances to God.
She made this statement on her verified Instagram page @morayobrown on Sunday, following the report on the sacking of 40 Pastors at the church.
According to her: “God is the real MD (Managing Director) of any Bible believing Church. If you get ‘sacked’, take your grievances to Him, not the media. Only He can compensate you, not the rabble rousers on social media.”
This was after one of the sacked Pastors, Pastor Peter Godwin, claimed that the church sacked him and about 40 other pastors in Ekiti State for failing to grow their respective parishes.
In a trending video, Pastor Godwin, said he was employed on August 28, 2020.
He said that he was invited with about 40 of his colleagues by the state Pastor on July 1, 2021, but was sacked for failing to grow the income of the church.
According to Pastor Godwin: “When I got there, I saw other Pastors too, over 40 of them. So, I joined them.
“A few minutes later, we were issued a letter. I opened the content of the letter to see what was there and I saw that it was a sack letter.
“So, I called the management the next day to find out what happened since I wasn’t involved in any dubious activity or evil act. I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
According to a senior Pastor of the church: “The Living Faith Church had the vision in the year 2019 to open 10,000 rural churches nationwide.
“By the close of the year 2020, over 80 per cent of these cottage churches had been built following a prototype designed and constructed by the church professionals. Then came the human factor.
“Ordinarily, pastoring in Winners Chapel had followed a pattern of training and discipleship since its foundation 40 years ago. However, in view of the massive recruitment to take charge of the new 10,000 churches, many who were neither spiritually nor morally prepared found their way into positions of authority as Pastors-in-charge,” our close source said.
“Ab initio, rural churches were never intended to be money spinners; rather, they are money guzzlers because the main church solely built, equipped and maintained both the church and its pastors-in- charge,” the pastor said.
According to him, the story in circulation about these churches not making sufficient income was therefore patently false and misleading.