Baba Aladura Approves New Guidelines on Ordination….By Mike Oduniyi
His Most Eminence Baba Aladura David D.L. Bob-Manuel, the Prelate of the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Worldwide, has approved a new set of guidelines for the ordination of members in all provinces and branches of the Church.
The new guidelines, which have been put in place to help achieve a more orderly ordination process and a service that is solemn and edifying, amongst others, set the release and conclusion of ordination recommendation and inputs from all provinces for their members, for the month of March of the ordination year.
According to an official statement issued by the Secretary to the Order and SAG, Elder (Dr.) Napo Emuchay, HME Bob-Manuel also directed that all payments, including the issuance of clearance by the accounts department, should be concluded one clear month before the ordination date, following which no further payments from ordination candidates would be accepted nor would they be issued clearance.
Consequently, candidates who failed to meet the payment deadline, would have their ordination rescheduled to the next year of ordination, the guidelines stipulated.
“Provinces are cautioned against issuing ordination recommendations and receiving payments without first obtaining approvals from the National Headquarters.
Ordination top up charges by provinces must not exceed one third of the National ordination fee only,” the guidelines stated.
It further cautioned against ordination malpractices as sanctions await any member involved in flouting the new directives, adding that provincial chairmen would
also be held responsible for ordination malpractices.
To ensure orderliness, the Prelate directed that all ordination candidates will have to be accredited and tagged two hours before the service commences, while the candidates will process into the church.
Provinces were also directed to ensure that their choirs are well-prepared for the ordination service, ensure the provision of enough chairs, canopies and screens to accommodate any overflow of crowd, ensure uninterrupted power supply and also well marked area outside the churches for the sale of ordination materials.