The head pastor of the Mount Nebo Baptist Church, Rev. Galison George, has dispelled such notions that money rules out the possibility of selecting a good leader, even though nowadays honor and leadership are bestowed on people in churches on the basis of the amount they give in tithes and offerings, and meeting other financial obligations.
In an interview with the Daily Observer following the induction of several individuals, including Mrs. Dialokai G. Kemayah, Magdalene T. Dagoseh, Dee Maxwell S. Kemayah and B. Alexander Ajavon as Deacons and Licentiate, Rev. George said that giving a leadership position to an individual on the basis of his or her wealth, or what he or she pays in church creates a selfish and a proud attitude which God—whom they serve, or should—resists.
Rev. George, referencing qualifications set by the Christian Bible, said leadership in the church is guided and known by moral character ranging from honesty to integrity, and that selecting anyone to serve as a pastor, a deacon, or a licentiate requires a person to have these traits.
He furthered that electing or selecting a person as a leader must not be on what people think they can get from the individual, but should examine the person’s qualification and moral standing in society, noting that receiving from a person before making him or her a leader gets the person to feel that the position is his and cannot account to people he or she leads.
Those inducted in various positions at the Mount Nebo Baptist Church are people holding positions in government and in the private sector.
In separate views, three of the inductees strongly opposed the perception that their selections were on the basis of their positions in society.
For Dee Maxwell Kemayah, president of the Liberia Business Association, (LIBA) ascending to the position of Deacon in his church was based on his own motivation to serve.
According to him, he is conscious of his duties as a Deacon to serve the pastor’s table, the Communion table, and the benevolence table, which involve the poor.
Mr. Kemayah indicated that these three areas in the church need someone with a dedicated mind who is selfless and morally reputable and that leadership whether in the church or in society needs one with good moral conduct.
He called on religious communities to properly make use of the good aspects of their doctrinal teachings to impact society in their leadership role, making it (society) peaceable for all.
Madam Magdalene T. Dagoseh, she boasted that despite being in government at the Ministry of Gender and Development, she has a clean record in the midst of allegations of corruption in government.
She said her selection to serve in the position of Deacon did not come because she pays more money in offering and tithes, but because of her record of honesty and dedicated services recorded for more than ten years now.
Mrs. Dialokai G. Kemayah, who was inducted as a Licentiate, is a Social Worker and operator of the popular Ma Watta Clinic in Paynesville.
A Licentiate in church is another preacher, and in this view, Mrs. Kemayah said it is commensurate with her social work and clinical duty because as a health worker you are obligated to bringing spiritual and physical relief to patients who visit the clinic.
“Not all conditions people bring to the clinic are physical; some are spiritual and require counseling. I therefore see my role as Licentiate as a complementing factor to my counseling work to better impact patients and lead them to the church,” she said.