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CHURCH SCHOOLS: weapon of oppression for the poor in Nigerian church? Mark 16:15 KJV

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CHURCH SCHOOLS: weapon of oppression for the poor in Nigerian church? Mark 16:15 KJV

Mark 16:15 KJV

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”

Education can never be separated from the church. It is the part of evangelism.

After the authority of the Christian religious body has established schools as part of the church and belonging to the church – and having used church money to build the schools without going to the banks or financial institutions to get loans for the school project, the authority of the top mega Pentecostal churches in Nigeria will constitute a committee to run the school as business enterprise to make money  (profit ) for the church authority from the poor church members whose money was used to build the church schools.

And when the concerned who have a heart for the poor and any right -thinking members raise any issue as regards how come the children of the poor in the church are unable to attend the church schools built with the church money as a result of the exorbitant school fees charged by the church authority. The church   authority will then refer them (the concerned and any right -thinking members of the church) to the committee set -up to run the school.

The church authority already has a ready –made or prepared answer for them. They will tell the church members that the church school has been handed over to the committee to manage. By this dubious strategy, the church authority has devised a scheme to silence the voice of the concerned members of the church who have a heart for the poor.

When the Christian missionaries first came to Nigeria/Africa with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, education in those years was affordable, inexpensive, reasonable, almost free and within everyone’s reach. – it was accessible to ordinary Nigerians. They offered scholarship schemes to enable those who could not pay to have the opportunity of going to school and get educated. When the Christian missionaries came to the continent, one of the enticements used to attract Africans was education, which was made freely available. They (the Christian missionaries) provided unique high academic and moral standards in the society, which were some of the distinguishing, exceptional qualities that set them apart, aside the little or no school fees for all and sundry to enjoy.

Today in Nigeria, schools operated by the Christian religious bodies most especially the top mega Pentecostal Churches in the country are among the most expensive in the country!

As a result, these church schools are not within everyone’s reach in the church. These church schools have gone out of reach of average church members and public because of the huge profit the church is targeting.

Most right-thinking people and the concerned members of the church who have a heart for the poor in Nigeria are now wondering why this should be so.

Are church schools established by and belonging to religious Christian bodies supposed to be this expensive that has become a “no-go area” or “no-go zone” for the average church members or the poor?

What negatively attacked their senses of justice, charity, compassion and mercy of these top mega Pentecostal Churches for the poor church members?

Why the authorities of the missionary schools or church schools should mainly focus on money making and creating education inaccessible to ordinary Nigerians? Churches are meant to be charitable institutions to help the poor and the needy, and not profitable and money making ventures.

Mission education should be poor-friendly.

Soul-winning for the kingdom of God and raising an educated work-force for more efficient and effective church system were the reasons the missionaries had in mind, while our present day top mega Pentecostal Churches have other intentions in mind – the intention of their mindsets are all about making money from average church members and public.

In Nigerian Pentecostal churches, church schools are business ventures where the poor in the church are not shown mercy, as their plight is not considered in the area of the church school for their children by using part of the tithes and offering to help educate them (their children). They prefer investing in the church buildings and private jets rather than in the lives of the children of the poor who cannot afford the exorbitant school fees.

The church in Nigeria is registered as charity organization (non-profit making establishment) – and this is the reason why they don’t pay taxes. They use the church buses as school buses for their schools – and the parents still pay money for school buses to transport their children! This is injustice but where are the weightier matters that the Lord Jesus speaks about in Matthew 23:23 KJV “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” The word “faith” in this scripture means faithfulness.

The heart of God is always for the poor and the question is where is the practice of faithfulness of the heart of God for the poor in the heart of these top mega Pentecostal churches? That is to demonstrate practically and faithfully a heart for the poor in the church.

The top Pentecostal churches in Nigeria have branched out (diversified) into money making business ventures which are made up of profit-making units like printing press/ publishing houses, bakery, pure water business / bottled water manufacturing business, owning expensive private schools, airline business, real estate investment business while enjoying their privilege of tax-exempt status from the Federal Government of Nigeria.

But it is a well-known fact that these Churches are not carrying out charitable activities for the poor and the needy in their respective churches according to expectations but building empires, using revenues / profits from their businesses to purchase and own private jets and renting out apartments in the church camps during their convention and other special programs, renting out commercial property (list of offices, shops, filling stations, warehouses, bank buildings, supermarkets, restaurants and canteens) and running transport business) in the church camps but they do not pay mandatory land use charge to the government.

Nigerian government is not taxing religious institutions – government is not imposing any tax on Nigerian churches for generating large sums of money as profit from the above mentioned commercial activities going on in the top mega Pentecostal churches in the country and they are still enjoying the benefits of tax-exempt status.

Therefore in Nigerian Churches, since the tax is not imposed on the profits accruing from such commercial activities, the top mega Pentecostal churches should show and practice the three weightier matters of the law according to Matthew 23:23 by making education to be available, accessible and poor friendly to the children of the poor church members of their denomination.

Some General Overseers and their senior pastors will say “It is not possible to set up a school with tithes and offerings. Forget it!”

And these pastors are saying that it is not possible to set up a school with tithes and offerings and that we should forget it!

Are they contradicting and denying the word of God they preach or they don’t apply and believe the word of God that says with God nothing shall be impossible – what is impossible with men, are possible with God –  Luke 1:37 KJV, Mark 10:27 KJV and Luke 18:27 KJV “For with God nothing shall be impossible…. And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible…. And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

When it comes to the Nigerian church, it is not possible to set up a school with tithes and offerings but it is possible to buy private jets and construct gigantic building projects with tithes and offerings that will benefit the General Overseers and their senior pastors!

When it comes to using part of tithes and offerings to help and benefit the average church members in the area of making it possible for their children to attend the church schools, it is not possible!

These pastors don’t even have faith in the word of God they are preaching to their church members!!!

When the church members come to them for help, they will tell them to pray, fast and have faith in God to help them but they don’t have faith that God can use the part of tithes and offerings to set up free education program/scheme or affordable school fees for the children of the poor and average members in the church so that there will be equality in quality education between the children of the poor and the rich.

I believe that Jesus Christ set up the church to help the poor in whatever form. By this mindset of our Lord Jesus Christ, the church schools should be set up by the General Overseers and their senior pastors to help the children of the poor in the church because the quality education that their children cannot access in the private schools will be made available for them in the church schools.

For any pastor to say it is not possible to set up a school with tithes and offerings, is that particular pastor saying the word of God is telling lies when it is written as quoted in the aforementioned scriptures above that with God all things are possible – that what is not possible with men are possible with God? No, God forbid! The word of God never tells lie – the word of God is always truth (John 17:17 (KJV) “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”) – let all the men be liars but God is always be true: Romans 3:4 “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar….”

If any pastor tells you that it is not possible to set up a school with tithes and offerings and such a pastor is still maintaining that stand, it means that the pastor does not have faith in the word of God he is preaching, and it also means that he is saying that the word of God is telling lie when the word says all things are possible with God.

If that pastor does not change his mind that it is possible with God to set up a school with tithes and offerings, please tell him to go to Port Harcourt, Rivers State (the South South region) Nigeria and ask of the Founder / General Overseer of the Omega Power Ministries popularly known as (OPM), Apostle Dr. Chibuzor Gift Chinyere.

Apostle Chibuzor Gift Chinyere has proved the truth of the word of God that it is possible to set up a school with tithes and offerings – and proved wrong any pastor who says tithes and offerings cannot be used to set up a standard school. You can confirm this truth on this website (

And apart from using tithes and offerings to set up high academic standard schools with high quality education free of charge, he has also used tithes and offerings in the following areas for the benefits of average church members (the poor and the needy) and public including the Muslims ( : rehabilitation empowerment, alms-giving, OPM Free education with free four sets of uniform, free sandal, free launch, free computer training, free text and exercise books, fully air conditioned class room and equipped modern laboratory, Scholarship schemes and education financial assistance/support for those who want to study abroad, free restaurants for public,  a Multi Skill Acquisition Centre such as oil and gas, carpentry work, tailoring, rig welding, free driving school, free accommodation (free modern estate for the poor and the needy), free state-of- art specialist hospital for the pregnant women, free massive farm land for people who are interested in farming with free quality seedlings etc. – all these with tithes and offerings!

I believe all other big churches in Nigeria can do these with God through the tithes and offerings.

I have heard some people say that he doesn’t have the word – he is not into sound doctrine but we that have the word (the sound doctrine) should do the same thing, the good works he is doing to impart Christianity in Nigeria and the whole nation at large.

He is training the future generation – the future leaders. He is imparting life and adding value to life.

The missionaries established free schools which made it easier for some of these GOS (General Overseers), some of the pastors, some of our grandfathers and fathers to have free Western education. Most of these GOS were educated through missionary schools free of charge. As they gave Jesus Christ to our fathers and grandfathers, they also gave free education.

But in Nigerian churches, today the story is different. The General Overseers and their senior pastors will collect tithes and offerings from the poor and the rich in the church to establish expensive schools with the exorbitant school fees.

Those poor in the church contributed their poor widow’s mites towards the establishment of these church schools, the General Overseers and their senior pastors will put exorbitant school fees that will deny their children the opportunity of attending the schools because they are unable to afford the very expensive school fees charged.

I understand that tithe and offering could be sufficient to build the edifice and structure of the so called university but it won’t be enough to run it to achieve the standards and pay for professors and workers of the place – I know that the lecturers in the university would receive good salaries and must be well paid.  However, the church authority can still make the tuition free affordable for average church members since tithe and offering could be sufficient to build the edifice and structure of the so called university.

Hope the Nigerian churches have not lost humanity in them that they are supposed to demonstrate for the poor!

The opposite of mercy is wickedness in the kingdom of God.

The church has shown the height of wickedness to the poor in the church who have contributed their tithes and offerings (their poor widow’s mites) towards the establishment of the church schools – and they are being denied by the church authority for their children to attend the school because of the very expensive school fees charged.

No big church in Nigeria borrowed money from banks or financial institutions to build schools, it is the tithes and offerings from the poor and the rich in the church that the church used to build the school.

One of the ways for the General Overseers (GOS) to say thank you to God and appreciate Him for making them General Overseers (GOS) because they did not make themselves the GOS, is to make the church schools free for the poor who cannot afford the exorbitant school fees so that their children can attend the school thereby exposing them to quality education or make it affordable for those church members who can pay so that everyone in the body of Christ will be very happy and thanking God always as education cannot be separated from the church.

One big pastor in Nigeria even takes the Christian community in the country for granted and played on wise Christians’ intelligence (insult their intelligence) by saying that God told him that he should increase the school fees – and if anyone criticizes it, the Holy Spirit will slap such a person! This statement is outrageous, ridiculous and unreasonable.

When the church trains the children of average church members in their church schools, they are training the future generation for Christ – they are training the future leaders for the kingdom of God on the earth.

Buildings and private jets are not the future of the church – they are not the future of the kingdom of God in the world.

In the church schools, Christian virtues and moral values will be planted and inculcated in their lives.

Buildings and private jets have no future Christian virtues and moral values in the spirit realm in the kingdom of God – they don’t add value to human life in Christianity. If the rapture takes place today, the buildings and private jets go nowhere but human life with pure Christian virtues will be raptured.

The church schools can be used as tool of planting and nurturing Christian virtues and moral values in the lives of the children as they will be trained in Western education in the mission schools.

The authority of the church school board headed by the General Overseers should be more interested in embedding Christian virtues and moral values in to the lives of the children than the money they are making from their schools.

A careful research work  and survey conducted revealed that a lot of money in millions (and at times in billions) is coming into the church every Sunday; what are General Overseers and mega prosperity gospel pastors doing with it?

Think of this and meditate on it – if a faithful pastor can use church money to build a quality standard school, why not use the same amount of money to run and sustain it?

If OPM can manage (sustain) the schools and twelve free estates in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, I believe the top mega Pentecostal churches in Nigeria can also build and sustain their church schools. There is a lot of money that comes into the church headquarters every Sunday!!!

God’s money should be used for God’s people, part of the tithes and offerings should be used for educating the children of the poor in the church schools. No amount of money from the tithes and offerings is too much for the future of our children by the church. If Nigerian church still wants to make money from the church schools, the GOS and their senior pastors can make the school fees affordable for average church members.

Any big Pentecostal church in Nigeria may say they are trying in humanitarian schemes and charity works as a ministry by their own standard but to whom much is given, much is expected/required: Luke 12:48 (KJV) “…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

It was commented in the report of Chris Irekamba that “High fees being charged by mission schools, especially tertiary institutions owned by churches in Nigeria, is a big headache to Christianity in Nigeria.”

It is one of the little foxes of the pastors that is killing and destroying Christianity in Nigeria.

I want to believe that the schools run by churches are mission schools – this supposes to be the ideal situation. Mission schools or church schools are not supposed to be for money making but should be poor friendly so that the children of the poor church members are not denied access to quality education.

In the report “How missionary schools can Operate, make profit and be accessible to ordinary Nigerians” reported by Chris Irekamba and published in the Guardian newspaper((, 20 November 2016 documented that he is very convinced that those churches are running ‘private’ schools and not ‘mission schools because of the high fees being charged by them – they are out there to make profit!

Therefore, they are simply capitalists in pastor’s clothing running businesses, with the sole aim of making profit, and not just breaking even. They should not be regarded and respected as Christian leaders, but Christian businessmen in pastor’s clothing using the church as an umbrella / tool to run their money-making ventures which school is part of.

It was noted in the report the notion or understanding that the cost of education is high and hence, the church should charge higher school fees is very non-humanitarian!

God set up church system for humanity on earth to be charitable institution, and not profitable one.

The churches are not to be business centers for commercial purposes.

The pastors may say the schools are trying to break even, and not to make profit. And many may believe that.

But ‘mission schools’ or ‘church schools’ are not supposed to break even at all costs, but educate the populace by all means – this is what the practice of true Christianity is all about.

The church should run its schools as charity, by lowering the school fees and using tithes, donations and offerings of the church members/stakeholders, which were used to start them, to sustain and manage the schools.

Some of the church leaders have not been sincere with their flock, and Christian leaders in Nigeria have unfortunately lost their greatest assets: Trust and Integrity.

Through the tithes and offerings, it is possible for the big Nigerian Pentecostal churches to make education in church schools (mission schools) affordable or free.

Mission schools should not be established primarily for profit making but they should be for the training of the future generation (our children) so that they can occupy the earth for the kingdom of God in all ramifications of life in line with biblical principles, just like the whole of America is built on the foundation of God (in God we trust).

The exorbitant school fees charged by the church school, which average church members cannot afford to pay, are making them not to trust their Christian leaders. But if the church schools are mission schools indeed whereby the school fees are affordable or free for the poor members, God’s name will be glorified without any reproach to the Church.

Chris Irekamba in his report commented “The first missionary churches that came to Nigeria in the 18th and 19th centuries namely: Methodist, Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and Baptist Churches introduced education along with the gospel.

So, through them, schools were established, which were known as missionary schools. Most of these schools were established primarily to promote the missionary work and to enlighten the people to be able to read and write, especially the Bible. Beyond this, the missionary schools were meant to provide Western education, as well.”

He (Chris) mentioned further in his report that the church, as at that time, charged little or no fees, as most of the expenses were borne by the church. The church had no intention to make profit from the schools. Many that could not afford paying for their school fees were sponsored by missionaries. And of course, many present well-known religious and political leaders were beneficiaries of the mission schools.

But some of these General Overseers and their senior pastors who were beneficiaries of the mission schools are the ones presently charging exorbitant school fees in their respective denominational church schools!

Presently in Nigeria, however, there are hues and cries and agonizing complaints from church members and public over the exorbitant school fees being charged by so many private church universities of top mega churches, which have gone far above the reach of poor church members.

The questions are:

Should mission schools (Church schools) be for commercial (money making or mission purpose in Christianity?

Should it be far above the reach of poor church members, thereby becoming exclusive private universities for the rich and wealthy (well-to-do) members of the society?

How does the church (the body of Christ) raise funds (money) to establish the school?

Is it through the church and its poor members of the congregation?

If it is through the contributions of church members by way of tithes and offerings with cash donations no matter how little it may be for the special church projects, should school fees become so high, unaffordable and inaccessible to the contributors?

In the Spirit realm, many GOs and their senior pastors have grieved the Holy Spirit and disappointed God who made them GOs and senior pastors. The gospel of the kingdom of God includes compassion/mercy for the poor. That is true Christianity.

In spite of the fact that the cost of managing, establishing and running a school is unspeakably high, we must understand that Church schools are meant for missionary purposes (never for money making), as well as for entrenching and spreading the Kingdom of God in the world.

Through missionary schools, many people got converted and became followers of Christ.

As mentioned earlier, other reasons for establishing and managing church school are to inculcate biblical moral values (Christian virtues) in the lives of the students, and help them to imbibe Christian values and discipline in all the areas of human life.

It is expected that students from these mission schools or church schools become good examples in the society and the NAME of God is glorified.

So, the church must not allow the love of profit to blindfold her to the detriment of the gospel the Lord Jesus Christ. It is expected of the church to preach and spread the gospel the Lord Jesus Christ to all creatures, that is, church responsibility of carrying out and fulfilling the mandate of the great commission (Mark 16:15 KJV).

Of a truth in the running of a school, there will always be financial involvement/engagement in varying degrees to provide quality standard education, but the fact remains that mission schools or church schools should be non-profit ventures.

The church can engage in other business ventures like farming, setting up factories, banks (with interest-free loans with the intention of helping many people to set up their own businesses and become self-employed).

Going by the history of the activities of Christian missionaries in the Country since 1842, church schools must remain and stay focused for only mission purposes.

Therefore, mission schools and universities fees should be poor-friendly rather rich-friendly.

In the same report of Chris Irekamba, (, he documented “There is no gainsaying that fees charged by schools operated by churches, irrespective of denominations in Nigeria today, are rather prohibitive.

Some people make the mistake of comparing these schools with the mission schools that some of our fathers and grandfathers attended years ago.

The difference really is in the motive of establishment of these schools.

Issues such as evangelism, soul-winning and raising an educated work-force were the reasons the missionaries had in mind, while our present day churches have other targets.

For some, it’s an additional avenue to fund church work, but for many, it is a capitalist, profit-maximizing venture clothed in the garb of religion. Thus, conscience and even commonsense are thrown to the winds.”

Although, of a truth, in his report, Chris Irekamba found out and stated that the cost of providing quality education, particularly at the tertiary level, in Nigeria is quite high. But he said in the report that at the primary and secondary levels, it beats the imagination why church schools charge exorbitant fees.

He (Chris Irekamba) counseled in his report that “any church organization starting a school should do it for posterity and not as a money-spinning venture.

Our eyes must not be on monetary returns from our investments, but on our contribution to societal well-being.

Every child deserves quality education, including children of the poor.

Indeed, education is a crucial part of eradicating poverty and superstitious beliefs.

Any church organization that does not contribute to educating the masses is failing in its mandate.

A reduction in fees, which will result in an increase in student intake, will not hurt any church funded institution, except for few professional courses like medicine that can’t be crowded for quality impact and output.”

He (Chris Irekamba) further expressed in his report that different Churches have different visions and reasons for investing in education. He made reference to the Catholic Church, given her track record in this sector, has always seen the provision of holistic education as a part of her missionary mandate to “go and teach”.

Financial profit has never been the primary motivation.

He expressed that however, good education comes at a cost. Infrastructure is costly, teachers have to be well paid and good administration is expensive. Tithes and offerings can be used to run the church schools just like what OPM is doing in Port Harcourt.

Nigerian Churches today can raise funds to subsidize their educational projects and keep the school fees reasonable.

He (Irekamba) documented in his report : “Generally, it seems that some Church educational institutions are deliberately priced beyond the poor and ordinary people depending on the initial motivation of the proprietors of such schools. This is left for the general public to judge. For the true church of our Lord Jesus Christ in Nigeria, service to society and compassion should be the overriding objectives.

The church can set up educational institutions that will run scholarship schemes to enable those who cannot pay even their reasonable fees to access good educational at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.”

The Nigerian society in future will have many beneficiaries of this kind gesture to the glory of God through Christ Jesus. He expressed further that “there simply needs to be some way of curbing the excesses in the amount of fees demanded by some church schools or universities in Nigeria.”

Chris Irekamba asked this question: Are there not schools in Nigeria where fees have to be paid in foreign currency? And he offered a recommendation that “to solve the problem, government needs to give some support to Churches with proven integrity in education and somehow regulate those schools without stifling genuine investors.

Churches too have to be compassionate with the poor and underprivileged and price their services accordingly. Our current conditions really demand it!” With God, all things are possible when it is done with the right motive and out of the genuineness of a pure heart.

For instance, Faith Revival Apostolic Church in Nigeria, in her annual convention in 2019, promised to provide free quality education for all her church members from primary to the university level.


Below is the special article I received from one of my friends on 22nd October, 2019:


This article published Tuesday, 13 December 2016 is on Kayz Dekor (kayzdekor) site (

BOWEN UNIVERSITY N650,000 per semester

COVENANT UNIVERSITY N640,000 per semester

BENSON IDAHOSA N500,000 per semester

BABCOCK UNIVERSITY N450,000 per semester

REDEEMERS UNIVERSITY N450,000 per semester


MADONNA UNIVERSITY N350,000 per semester.

All these UNIVERSITIES were built from TITHES and OFFERINGS of the common people who now can’t afford to send their children to these schools today. Where are the morals and responsibilities of the churches as charities in Nigeria?

What is the difference between church and political leadership in Nigeria?

These schools were all built with the sweats of their church members who kept sowing seeds like:

-special offering seed

-first fruit seed,

-redemption seed,

-thanksgiving seed,

-harvest seed,


-pastor’s seed,

-church building seed,

-evangelism seed,

-father’s day seed,

-mother’s day seed,

-children’ day seed,

-Pastor’s cake seed,

-olive oil seed…. etc.

These schools are now elite schools, only for the rich

Politicians’ children.

The gainers then use the profits to buy private  jets to fly  high in luxury, ride Exotic Cars and live in expensive Mansions, while their members, (who are mostly the least of Jesus’ people) sleep hungry.

The next Sunday, they will read Malachi 3:6-12 to these members again without making reference to Deuteronomy 14:22-29 about their own responsibility to these poor members in their churches.

If you think this is unfair, like me, please pass on this message because this is reality and we also need the CHANGE here!!!

Thank God for early missionaries who built schools and gave basic education FREE or NEAR FREE to many of us including the CURRENT LEADERSHIP of these churches and universities.

The TRUTH is a bitter pill to swallow. (The above article published Tuesday, 13 December 2016 is on Kayz Dekor (kayzdekor) site (

To study in detail for a better and deeper understanding, read for free this rich and Holy Spirit filled publication at KDP AMAZON, my book : “Pastor’s Little Foxes: The Secrets Of Pastor’s Little Foxes In The Vineyard”

Note: Proverbs 23:23 NKJV “Buy the truth, and do not sell it…”

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About the author


Olusegun Ibikunle has devoted his entire life to the service of his Master Lord Jesus Christ since 2003, greatly adding value to lives. He is into the propagation of the gospel of Christ of righteousness and holiness on the earth. By the grace of God, he is the founder of the Holy Army of Christ (HAC) Ministries. The ministries God has used to bless the children, the teenagers, the youths and the adults.

He has a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering. The Holy Spirit inspired him to write this book for the edification of the Body of Christ and the benefit of Heaven-bound Christians in the last days (end times).

He is a great life coach. He holds seminars across the globe.

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