Top 5 Pastors in Nigeria who are Business Savvy and Worth Listening to for Business Insights
One of the grievous errors of this generation is assuming that God is uninterested or has nothing to say about other aspects of our lives apart from religion. When it comes to the issues of money, sex, etc. for instance, many people won’t think of going to the bible, or to a servant of God (the 2 being the closest physical representatives of God). However, the Bible which is the word of God is full of teachings and words from God that cuts across every aspects of our lives – including business. Furthermore, if God has something to tell us about business, it should not be thought impossible that He can use His men to pass across messages on any subject too. That is why I have decided to share with you about top 10 pastors in Nigeria who are business savvy and worth listening to for business insight.
- Bishop David Oyedepo
Bishop David Oyedepo is Nigeria’s wealthiest preacher. Ever since he founded the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry in 1981, it has grown to become one of Africa’s largest congregations.
The Faith Tabernacle, where he hosts three services every Sunday, is Africa’s largest worship center, with a seating capacity of 50,000. Bishop Oyedepo owns four private jets and homes in London and the United States. He also owns Dominion Publishing House, a thriving publishing company that publishes all his books. He founded and owns Covenant University, one of Nigeria’s leading tertiary institutions, and Faith Academy, an elite high school.
Looking at the track record of this man of God, it simply stands to reason to consider him as a mentor by business owners who want to build thriving and successful businesses – he definitely has something to teach in that regard.
- Pastor Godman Akinlabi
Godman Akinlabi is the Lead Pastor of The Elevation Church, Lagos, a non-denominational church founded in 2010 with a God-given mandate to ‘make greatness common’. He is a seasoned and highly sought-after speaker, trainer and consultant who has taught and inspired people in conferences and churches around the world. He is an ardent scholar who holds a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Akure; a master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos; an MBA from Manchester Business School; and was part of the 2018 Class of Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management program of the Harvard University (SPNM18).
Godman is the visionary behind several initiatives, interventions and community outreaches such as the Pistis Foundation, a non-profit organisation established to be a model provider of empowerment opportunities for the economically challenged with its focus areas on education, health and shelter, Elevate 200 churches, a weekly outreach that began in 2010, which focuses on feeding, training and empowering the less privileged, as well as several large scale Soup Kitchens and free medical outreaches for the less privileged that have held all over Lagos state. He is the convener of several events and conferences targeted at empowering different people groups in Christian ministry, business and the polity. Some of those events include the Exponential Conference for Pastors and Church Leaders; Vantage Forum, an annual business & economic outlook event; the Hangout which is a conference for singles, a mentorship program for young men called “Man Up”; Better Half Media, a ministry that is positioned to positively influence marriages and relationships; and Business Roundtable which is an initiatives that helps to empower persons in business, the workforce and in government.
- Pastor Sam Adeyemi
Sam Adeyemi is a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. He teaches that God wants us to lead and succeed in every area of life through his television, radio broadcast, publications, seminar and books. Pastor Sam Adeyemi is a highly sought-after conference speaker, who has impacted millions of people around the world. He is known for teaching practical biblical principles to help people succeed and become role models in every area of their life. He is also the host of the popularly known motivational program Success Power which airs on radio and television stations in Europe, US, and Africa. Sam Adeyemi has authored numerous books including the best sellers Parable of Dollar, Success Is who You Are, Second Revolution, Ideas Rule the World and many more.
The teachings of pastor Sam Adeyemi on business and leadership is particularly potent as many people have testified to a life of success and progress owing their ability to follow his simple but practical business and leadership teachings. Pastor Sam Adeyemi is a life and business coach of international repute. Apart from being the founder and Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre and Success Power with headquarters in Nigeria, he is a faculty member of the prestigious and popular Global Leadership Summit. Pastor Sam is known to have raised political and business giants through his coaching and mentorship programs. He is worth hearing. Those already in business, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs would also find the teachings of pastor Sam Adeyemi very helpful as they could review how they started, where they are going wrong and what adjustments they need to make to re-position their businesses.
Top among pastor Adeyemi’s topics (messages and books) on business include, “7 reasons why you should start your business today”, “Doing business God’s way, among several other topics.
- Dennis Inyang
Dr. Dennis Inyang is one of Nigeria’s cutting-edge ministers with a mandate to take the gospel to the nations of the world. He serves as the Presiding Pastor of Sure Word Assembly, Lagos, a place of excellence where worshipers are taught to live by faith in God’s Word and win in every area of life.
Pastor Dennis Inyang is known for his uncompromising drive for excellence in life and ministry. Weekly, he influences millions of people through his popular television programme, Power for Living.
Before going into fulltime ministry, Pastor Dennis Inyang had his stint in business, working both as a consultant and CEO of some companies. A 1985 graduate of the University of Calabar, Nigeria, Dr. Inyang is the Founder of Excel Africa, a Faith-Based Organization promoting excellence, servant leadership and enterprise development in Africa. He has authored several life-changing books, including his best-sellers, “You are Sitting on a Goldmine” and “No Second Fiddle”. He is a conference speaker known for his rare insight and grace in such areas as dominion, business, marriage and leadership.
- Pastor Olumide Emmanuel
Pastor Olumide Emmanuel is the President of the Truth of Calvary Ministries (TRUCALMS), and the Senior Pastor of Calvary Bible Church, a fast-growing and prophetic Church in Lagos. Pastor Olumide Emmanuel sits on the board of numerous businesses and directly manages some of them which include Common Sense Ltd, a group of businesses with interest in real estate, publishing, consultancy, tourism, training etc., Fingerprints Investment Club (FIC), Parable Ventures Ltd (PVL), Wealth Creation Network (WCN), Dynamites Forum International (DFI), an NGO and many others.
He is the host of numerous conferences and seminars including the popular “Wisdom for Singles”, “Wisdom for Couples”, and the “How To” Seminars (How to be a bestselling Author, How to be a millionaire, How to be an exceptional leader, How to be a success in life, How to build a successful business, etc.) He is also the host of the weekly Sunday Business and Leadership School (SBLS). Pastor Olumide Emmanuel is a best-selling Author of over twenty books and an international motivational speaker with emphasis on relationship, leadership and investment.
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