Chairman, Board of Governors, Baptist Theological Seminary, Kaduna, Engr. Andrew Yakubu, has charged the newly installed President of the Seminary, Rev. Professor Moses Audi to be willing to accept constructive criticisms for better leadership service.
He said, “I charge you to be willing to accept constructive criticisms from those who work with you. Develop a ‘thick skin’ over comments by people on issues over which they may disagree.”
Engr. Andrew Yakubu, a former Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), while making the charge before the installation of Rev. Professor Moses Audi as the new President, Baptist Theological seminary, Kaduna, said,
“Because of the privilege and responsibility of being President of this Seminary, you are hereby enjoined to reflect on what Jesus Christ says to His disciples that they did not choose [or appoint] themselves to the service of preaching the message of the kingdom of God and to model to all who would come to faith how a Christian is to live out the life of kingdom principles.”
Engr. Yakubu added, “I charge you to remember that you are chosen by Christ, not because you are the best of people, but as a demonstration of the surpassing grace of God. You will need to remain ever grateful to God for such a great privilege and high responsibility.
“I charge you to remember why Christ appointed you to this position, not to lord it over those you are a leader, but to serve, and service in this context is giving yourself for the wellbeing and the flourishing of this community of faith. You are called to build on the foundation others have already laid, not to tear down what they have done.”
The former Group Managing Director, NNPC stressed, “I charge you to remember that your greatness as a leader is not in how much power you exert over people, but in the way of humble service to God through this community.
“I charge you to remember that as a leader, you will not always get the support of some people if you are to do what the Lord has appointed you to do, but this must not bother or deter you so long as you are at the centre of God’s will for your ministry here and as long as you do what is right before the Lord.
“I charge you to look up to the person who has appointed you into this position. Be patient with people, be faithful, be courageous, and trust God for guidance for every decision you make. Build a team spirit in your leadership with adequate consultation with those on your team on sensitive issues.
“I charge you to be willing to accept constructive criticisms from those who work with you. Develop a ‘thick skin’ over comments by people on issues over which they may disagree.”
He assured the new President of the Seminary of his personal support and encouragement and of other members of the Board.