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Pastor James Owolabi
CHICAGO
Youth Pastor on the south-side of Chicago
Interests: Church Planting, Leadership Development, Customer Service, Leadership Articles, Indian food, Amazon.com. Podcasts BOOKS!! Preaching in Alaska every year! Lemon Pepper, Good Books!!! Good Bible Teaching, Great Music,Preaching, Chinese Buffet, Shepherds Conference, Learning from great Leaders, Hanging out with my Father Solomon Owolabi, The Bible, Learning, Starbucks Soy Chai Tea, Preaching to Middle School Students, Middle School Ministry, Indianapolis, Walking, Chicago, Leadership Development, Youth Ministry, Good Books, Podcasts, Planet Fitness, Traveling and Family.
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God is so kind! God is so good to me!! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Evangelist and Educator
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Dear Young and Gifted Leader, Apathy comes slowly and is very subtly, but its affects are deep. My concern is that apathy is slowing you down and draining you. That is why I challenge you to resist apathy and embrace self discipline. This can be easier said than done, a simple solution to help cure any apathy that could be lingering is reading. By incorporating reading as a daily habit you can fight against your fleshly desire to be apathetic and actually see positive change in your life. I love you and I believe in you. Respectfully Pastor James Owolabi Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Evangelist and Educator
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After returning back to my home in Nigeria I was immersed in a culture that was all to familiar and simultaneously foreign. 20 years is a long time to be gone from a place that used to be all I knew. I hope that the new knowledge I will be sharing impacts your life and enhances you as a person. One of the first things I noticed after returning to Nigeria was how westernized everything has become. The native people of Africa are now wearing more western styled clothing in place of the traditional African patterns, they are also speaking english regularly and have even adapted to using American figures of speech. Even though the electricity was inconsistent, the weather is different and of course the infrastructure of roads has still not come up to North American standards, the country was heavily laced with westernized values. Having spent more time as an adult in America than my upbringing in Africa, I’m so grateful to understand my native language and it felt amazing to communicate in my native tongue. It honestly disappointed me to see the increased pursuit of western culture was causing Nigerians to start to losing their roots. It... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Evangelist and Educator
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“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭ Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Evangelist and Educator
God is working in Chicago! It is an honor to partner with Youth for Christ and New Begginings Church of Chicago! Respectfully Pastor James Owolabi Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Evangelist and Educator
May 2018 Ministry Report Dear Family and Strategic Prayer Partners. The month of May brought many great blessings and revelations. It is making me look forward to what the next few months have in store. I am writing this email to update you and inform you about the newest changes that are going on. As you know in March 2017 I began my ministry partnership with Youth For Christ (YFC). I have thoroughly enjoyed the partnership and all the opportunities that this organization has given me. At the beginning of this year they honored my faithfulness and commitment to them by doubling my salary and giving me additional hours to spread the gospel on their behalf throughout the week! Even though we finished the year strong and I enjoy this ministry relationship it has been difficult financially. The salary they give me only makes up 40% of my overall need. Because of this I am now pursuing other ministry opportunities to supplement my income or fully support me. My desire is to stay in Chicago to continue my work with teens on the Southside and YFC, however I am applying to "ministry positions" in the greater Chicago area. Please pray... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
This class will meet every Sunday for the next 2 weeks. We won’t meet in June, 2018 “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6:18 (NLT) PRAYING THROUGHOUT DAY KEEPS THE DEVIL AWAY! “Now, when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?” The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
In the Bible, God describes Himself as a Father. If you have never had an active father, nor a perfect father, in your life, then it is hard to understand God as a father... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
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Twenty years ago, I moved to North America, and my God has been so good and faithful to me! In the past two decades, God has enabled me to be mentored, educated, and trained as a Christian leader, become a proud American citizen, and faithfully serve the Body of Christ in North America as an evangelist and Pastor to teenagers. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
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In my two decades of student ministry, one thing I’ve learned is that the hardest mistakes to correct are from words I had spoken without first thinking of the consequences. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
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Dear Prayer Partners, Wow! God is so good! Colorado! Florida! Illinois! Tennessee! Oregon! God has been so kind to allow me to serve churches and schools in these states during the past three months! It has been such a tremendous joy to see God working in the hearts of His people! In the past three months, I have been to 5 different venues in 5 different states, preaching to over people 1,000 people! It is amazing to see the people of God respond to the Word of God in such great ways. It is awesome to see teenagers across the country, especially on south side of Chicago, connect with Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Savior! Thank you for all your prayers, comments on social media, and encouragement! You all are the big group that God has used to fan the flame of evangelism and discipleship in my heart and mind. These events allowed me to share with the people of God what God is doing through partnership with Youth for Christ in Chicago, and in my home church. Praise God! He has also provided 30% of my monthly support through Youth for Christ! Please pray that God will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
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In February, 2017, I had informed the Young Knights leadership team of my desires to pursue other ministry opportunities that God has been calling me to. The leadership team requested that we pray more about this while continuing to serve Christ together. Well, after much prayer,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
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If “WE” are NOT making sacrifices to reach the next generation with the message of the Gospel, then “WE” are simply “playing” Church. If we want to reach this next generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then we must be willing to make hard sacrifices - whatever it takes to reach them. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
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Empathy is “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another”. Once you’ve secured empathy, that is the first step in the right direction to connecting with your students’ needs. Moving forward, I encourage you to make an effort to understand where kids are coming from when they are defiant... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
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January 19-22: Avon, CO at Vail Church with Pastor Jason Taber February 4: Chicago, IL at North Side Gospel Center with Pastor Bob Anderson February 25: Tampa, FL at Temple Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Clark Allen February 26-28 : Vail, Colorado at Vail Christian Academy with Pastor Jason March 3-5: Vonore, TN at Vonore Baptist Church with Pastor Jeremy Shaw March 18: Dallas, OR at Salt Creek Baptist Church with Pastor David Curtis March 25: Chicago, IL at North Side Gospel Center with Pastor Bob Anderson May 20: Chicago, IL at North Side Gospel Center with Pastor Bob Anderson May 28-June 1: Panama City, Florida with Pastor Jeremy Shaw June 10-24: Nigeria West Africa with Missionary Solomon Owolabi July 9-14: Ocean Park Washington with Dunes Bible Camp Edited by Andy Gehron (DefendingTheLord.com) Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
"Megachurches often conduct leadership seminars around the world. Such seminars may make the naïve assumption that leadership is culture-free and that anyone from any cultures can teach it. They often claim they are teaching the “Biblical model” of leadership, not realizing that the way they read the Bible is already influenced by their cultural theories about leadership"- Leading Across Cultures" by James Plueddemann ." (p 27) Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
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Dear Friends and Family, I am excited to let you in on something radical that God has been doing in me and through me in the past year. In 2017, I received two invitations to churches, inviting me to serve as a speaker. Both events were well attended and God moved in a mighty way. As 2017 was drawing to a close, I began to receive more invitations to speak outside of Chicago. Below is my current calendar for the first three months of 2018: January 19-22 in Avon, Colorado with Pastor Jason Taber February 4th in Chicago, Illinois at North Side Gospel Center with Pastor Bob Anderson February 25th in Tampa, Florida at Temple Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Clark Allen February 26-28 in Vail, Colorado at Vail Christian Academy with Pastor Jason March 3-5 in Vonore, Tennessee at Vonore Baptist Church with Pastor Jeremy Shaw. March 18th in Dallas, Oregon at Salt Creek Baptist Church with Pastor David Curtis. Over the past ten years, God has given me unique and amazing opportunities to serve churches, camps, and Christian organizations as a guest speaker. I have been blessed to serve the body of Christ in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Florida,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
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Dear Strategic Ministry Partner, Thank you for your generous donations last year! The faithful support from you in 2017 exceeded my expectations. Let me personally thank you because together we have reached over 1,000 teenagers and children on the southside of Chicago! You were an important part of this success because you obeyed the Lord and sacrificed your financial resources to encourage me to fulfill the calling that God has placed on my life. God allowed me to stand and teach the Bible to over 1,000 different kids at 50 events and 10 different venues in 2017. We saw over 10 youth give their life to Christ and over 100 youth rededicate their lives to Jesus. I personally got to see teens and adults follow the Lord in believers baptism through partnerships with churches and nonprofits in Chicago. Download 014A1640-27D9-4910-8BB7-43C8C73C1409 2017 was a year of preparation and education about the dynamics of being a pastor in the inner city. Over the past 24 months in Chicago, God has taught me that in order to sustain this ministry I need to be realistic about the demographics of the teenagers I serve and the socioeconomic status of their families. Pray for my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
Dear Gifted Teenager, I am tired of hearing you give excuses about how people are holding you back from achieving your dreams. There is only one person holding you back. . . that is you! You are allowing past mistakes and hurts to stop you from doing what God wants you to do. I am challenging you, as your pastor and mentor to start embracing your strengths and celebrating any weaknesses. Find people to help you cover those weaknesses and move on. Do not let them hold you back as you push forward! Challenge yourself to do hard things and refuse to allow disappointments to drive your decision making process. I’m praying for you and I’m very proud of you! Respectfully, Pastor James Owolabi Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Evangelist and Educator
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Kindly look at your calendar and let me know if you are available to meet me. It would be a blessing to catch up with you and share with you what God has been teaching in Chicago. Kindly look at your calendar and let me know if you are available to meet me. It would be a blessing to catch up with you and share with you what God has been teaching in Chicago. Kindly look at your calendar and let me know if you are available to meet me. It would be a blessing to catch up with you and share with you what God has been teaching in Chicago. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Evangelist and Educator
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God has been Faithful! You have been kind!!!! Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Evangelist and Educator
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If I am wise and prudent, God will entrust me with a wise and prudent woman. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Evangelist and Educator
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If I am wise and prudent, God will entrust me with a wise and prudent woman. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Evangelist and Educator
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Evangelist and Educator
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We cannot worship God and worship our desire for acceptance of our peers. Pleasing people is rooted in self worship. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Evangelist and Educator