Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Anchor International Outreach Ministry and President of Anchor International Youth and Teen Work Academy (AIYTA), Dr. Bolarinwa Omotosho has said the greatest asset of any nation is human capital.
He made the observation at the maiden convocation ceremony of the Academy in Lagos on November 12..
The academy also hosted the 2022 Train-the-Trainers cutting-edge book project conference. The dual event took place at the West Africa Theological Seminary.
Omotosho said, “the greatest asset of any nation is not the empire or structure acquired but the right people they discovered, mentored, empowered, and exposed to leadership opportunities. It is the human capital. If the people in a nation are deficient in character that nation will destroy itself. It will destroy institutions that exist in the nation. Nations fall and rise depending on the character of the people and how they have been trained to handle leadership”
He appealed to the over 500 church leaders from different denominations at the event to invest in human capital in their ministries and churches.
Omotosho stressed also that the solution to any organization’s problem is not domiciled in the infrastructures and empires of the organization but in the people
“The difference between a developing and developed country, organization, or church is just the leaders with the right attitude,” he added.
Train-The – Trainers Cutting – Edge Book Project
Dr. Omotosho told journalists at the events that the Train-the-Trainers cutting-edge book project conference was organized by Anchor Leadership Academy (ALA).
“It is truly a joyful time as we are able to train church leaders, pastors, missionaries, and evangelists who are thirsty to know God’s word more and impact their world.
The purpose of the training according to him is for the leaders to build Godly homes, which is their primary constituency. “It is also intended for them to shepherd God’s people, disciple next-generation leaders, and in turn equip them to train others,” he said
At the event, a free Charles Spurgeon Study Bible, a set of books, and ministry enrichment e-books including a Bible Dictionary, were distributed to the over 400 participants
Also given out for free were a Dictionary on Christian Ethics, commentary, a concordance, a workbook, and a conference kit worth over $350 each
Appreciation by Recipients
We sincerely thank the organizers and facilitators of today’s programme. May God continue to enlarge your coast and bless you — Lt. Col. (Ven.) BG Newton Director, Directorate of Chaplain Services Protestant Nigeria Army.
Thank you to Anchor Leadership Academy for the Spurgeon Study Bible and books. May the good Lord Continue to bless you richly and abundantly— Pastor Dr. Eugene Ukaoha, Senior Lecturer, West Africa Theological Seminary.
Thank you for the impartation of knowledge. We unlearn, learn and relearn. Plus the books and study bible, you are great. May your source never dry. — Pastor Gabriel Babalola, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lp Province 12Hqs.
I am highly grateful to the leadership of Anchor International for the successful graduation, training, and gift of the bible and books. The Almighty God will continue to bless you, keep you and bring you to your desired heaven in Jesus’ name. – Pastor Babjide Ajigbon, Prevailing Word Bible Church.
Thank you so much Anchor International Outreach Ministry for the great investment in our lives and ministry. The good Lord will replenish you eternally in Jesus’ name. – Pastor Solomon Jacob Nkopeti, The Apostolic Church Nigeria.
I say a fat thank you to the Anchor Leadership Academy. God bless and increase you in all ramifications in Jesus’ name. I was not only blessed but filled with more knowledge of what God has called me into. More grace! More Achievement!. – Pastor Adeshola Olugbenga Alabi, Light and fire Christian Church of God.
This Progamme was a success. I enjoyed every bit of it. Kudos to the organizing committee. Rev. Dr. Omotosho, You are a blessing to our generation. You are an astute programme planner and I can’t quantify your resilience, doggedness, and humility. You are an amazing man who is always ready to attend to as many who comes your way. You are a man of uncommon affection – Pastor I.D.O Akinpelu, Christ Apostolic Church.
I hereby express my profound gratitude to Almighty God and appreciate Anchor Leadership Academy for your love and care, as well as the study Bible and books offered to as many that were registered thanks —- Revd David Olayinka, Emmanuel Baptist Church.
I want to use this medium to appreciate God for an unspeakable gift to this generation by sending you to equip this present generation of ministers. May the Lord continue to strengthen you and guide you accordingly. It is my prayer that you will finish well. God bless you. – Pastor Emmanuel Edet Udo, The Apostolic Church Nigeria.
New Doors for Anchor Leadership Academy in all of Southwestern Nigeria
Omotosho said the academy will expand the train-the-trainer leaders’ cutting-edge book project to all of Southwestern Nigeria in the first quarter of 2023.”
The ministry according to him will also work with some major denominations and organizations to provide training for their ministers, workers, and youth.
He expressed appreciation for the new opportunities opened to the academy while also thanking all partners and donors for their generous support.
“We are strengthening and committed to placing the Bible and other resource materials into the hands of individuals who desires to study to show themselves approved,” Omotosho added.
AIYTA Maiden Convocation
Omotosho said the maiden convocation is another landmark achievement in the academy’s quest towards excellence and greatness in raising Next-Generation Leaders in Nigeria
He said, “This is a historical event because this is the first Youth and Teen Work Professional Academy in Nigeria and it will remain indelible in our memory. In May 2021, Anchor International Youth and Teen Work Academy (AIYTA) had its first cohort residency with 85 students from different churches and organizations. Today we have trained 425 children and youth work catalysts, of whom we are graduating 16.
Dr. Omotosho, appreciates all the special guests, AIYTA students, and all the church leaders at the conference who also double as witnesses to the AIYTA 1st convocation ceremonies.
He commended the entire adjunct at AIYTA, particularly from Lagos State University, and express gratitude to the guest speakers: the National President of Nigeria Youth Work Association (NYWA), Hon. Ben Odumayo, who was ably represented at the event by Mr. Michael Akanni, who praised AIYTA for its leadership in equipping youth workers for the purpose of raising next-generation leaders in Nigeria.”
At the event, His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Michael Abodunrin, former Chairman of the Nigeria Baptist Convention and Chancellor of Bowen University, delivered a speech on leading leaders versus leading followers;
Pastor A. F. Amode, Area Superintendent at the Apostolic Church Nigeria, declared this combined event open.
The Rt. Rev. (Lt. Col.) CJ Njoku, Chief of Staff, Directorate of Chaplain Services, Protestant Nigeria Army, delivered the keynote address on the topic: Why Leaders Fall.
Omotosho said of his wife, Priscilla a member of the BOT that she delivered an equally compelling speech on the home cell’s proven healthy growth principle.
“I cannot quantify her contributions and support, but God will keep you and spear your life in Jesus’ name, especially everyone who helped make today a reality.” He said.
Anchor International Youth and Teen Work Academy and Anchor Leadership Academy are arms of Anchor International Outreach Ministry, a non-profit, Christ-centered interdenominational ministry established to raise healthy, productive Next Generation Leaders.
The goal is to produce leaders that will give themselves towards the advancement of the well-being of young people in this generation.
The academy has cultivated partnerships among different organizations, to equip next-generation leaders for nation-building, since our incorporation with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 2006.
With the aid of our strong network in Nigeria and some other African countries, we are raising next-generation leaders that will be committed to kingdom work and also be relevant in society In Nigeria and across Africa.
Omotosho disclosed that the academy is also combating the increase in domestic violence, drugs and substance abuse among young people. It is also poised to address cases of child abuse, rape and campus harassment, human trafficking, and commercial exploitation of children.
He said also that the academy is working seriously with the appropriate government bodies and agencies to get accreditation and approval for Anchor International Youth and Teen Work Academy (AIYTA). This according to him, will enable our students to be certified as associate members, full members, and fellows,” he added.
Currently, Anchor International Youth and Teen Work Academy (AIYTA) is dedicated to providing its students with access to these services with a 100 percent tuition scholarship all we accept for now is asking the students to pay application fees.
The AIYTA program is designed for professionals and those who have been called to and are interested in developing their competency in children’s, youth, and teen work.
This also includes children workers, social workers, councilors, school chaplains, teachers, mental health workers, and school administration. Contact 08094826640