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Pastor James Owolabi
CHICAGO
Pastor.Speaker.Evangelist.
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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Posted May 1, 2024 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
34 months and 12 days ago, I faced the darkest day of my adult life - the day I lost my father. It was as if death, that cruel thief, had personally targeted me. My world was shattered, leaving me in a six-month long haze of anger, doubt, fear, and shame. The period was marked by unexpected and unpleasant family squabbles, disagreements with church leaders, and self-inflicted pain. Hopelessness engulfed me. At 42, I was drowning - financially, relationally, emotionally. Single and feeling betrayed by the Holy Spirit, I was bitter at God, feeling like a forgotten and foolish character in His grand narrative. Years before, I had chosen to move to one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to lead a group of hurt teenagers from broken homes. In two and a half years, we mourned the loss of 10 of these young souls. Ignoring the advice of friends, mentors, and my father’s pleas to join him in Africa, I believed my calling was in Chicago for five years. My only prayer was that God would allow me to return to Africa, marry in a bride quickly, work alongside my father, and give him the joy of grandchildren. But God the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2023 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
I recently spent three hours in the bank, waiting for three documents to be printed. I was waiting for them to process three documents for me. It was very frustrating because I know this would never happen in America. It broke my heart to see my own people being sloppy and unprofessional in many aspects of their lives. I've had to fire teachers for being late to school and encourage pastors to arrive on time for staff meetings, as they found punctuality challenging. It pains me that people die in hospital rooms, including employees and pregnant women, due to a lack of urgency. This is a result of a learned helplessness that we have adopted. That's why I choose to build schools, to raise a new generation of young people who can think biblically, strive to do their best, and not let mediocrity dominate their lifestyle and mindset. If you're a Nigerian reading this, let us start being punctual. Do your job well. Don’t make people wait three hours just to print a document. Print it and let them go without expecting a gift in return. Let’s change this, Nigerians. I hope and pray that our nation will be great... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2023 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
I recently spent three hours in the bank, waiting for three documents to be printed. I was waiting for them to process three documents for me. It was very frustrating because I know this would never happen in America. It broke my heart to see my own people being sloppy and unprofessional in many aspects of their lives. I've had to fire teachers for being late to school and encourage pastors to arrive on time for staff meetings, as they found punctuality challenging. It pains me that people die in hospital rooms, including employees and pregnant women, due to a lack of urgency. This is a result of a learned helplessness that we have adopted. That's why I choose to build schools, to raise a new generation of young people who can think biblically, strive to do their best, and not let mediocrity dominate their lifestyle and mindset. If you're a Nigerian reading this, let us start being punctual. Do your job well. Don’t make people wait three hours just to print a document. Print it and let them go without expecting a gift in return. Let’s change this, Nigerians. I hope and pray that our nation will be great... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2023 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
I recently spent three hours in the bank, waiting for three documents to be printed. I was waiting for them to process three documents for me. It was very frustrating because I know this would never happen in America. It broke my heart to see my own people being sloppy and unprofessional in many aspects of their lives. I've had to fire teachers for being late to school and encourage pastors to arrive on time for staff meetings, as they found punctuality challenging. It pains me that people die in hospital rooms, including employees and pregnant women, due to a lack of urgency. This is a result of a learned helplessness that we have adopted. That's why I choose to build schools, to raise a new generation of young people who can think biblically, strive to do their best, and not let mediocrity dominate their lifestyle and mindset. If you're a Nigerian reading this, let us start being punctual. Do your job well. Don’t make people wait three hours just to print a document. Print it and let them go without expecting a gift in return. Let’s change this, Nigerians. I hope and pray that our nation will be great... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2023 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
God is a promise keeper. He never forgets His promises to His children, and He has never forgotten His promises to the children of Israel or His various promises in the Bible. The Bible states that if you trust in God, He will protect you. It says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." If you trust Him in all your ways and acknowledge Him, He will take care of the problem. The issue is that most of us do not trust God; instead, we tend to talk to people about our problems. God wants us to talk to Him, not to people. So, when you talk to God, ask Him for wisdom, and when He gives you wisdom, take action. Don't just sit around waiting for a miracle; make plans, set goals, and develop habits that will help you achieve those goals. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2023 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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As you journey through life, it's normal to have dreams and aspirations. However, as a believer, you have to recognize that it's not just about your personal aspirations but also about your God-given purpose. God has a unique and specific plan for your life, and it's important to yield to his leading and direction. As Christians, we are called to reject mediocrity and allow God to use us to change the world. We must move beyond just dreaming and take action towards fulfilling the purpose that God has for our lives. It's time to step out in faith and pursue those dreams that God has placed in our hearts. For the past 20 years, it has been my dream to start my own school. Despite the challenges and naysayers, I held on to this vision and finally took a step of faith by starting a small preschool. God has blessed our hard work and dedication, and we currently have 15 students and two class teachers. We give God all the glory for his mercy and grace in helping us achieve this feat. Our school, Catalyst Christian Schools, is committed to raising future leaders who are not just academically sound but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2023 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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In all that you do, never allow fear to hinder you from making any plans for the future. Remember, God’s plan is not always easy but His timing and strategy are perfect. In the scripture above, you will find that the main character in the passage is not Joseph or his brothers, but the sovereign God of heaven whose plan cannot be delayed or stopped by anyone. God’s plan cannot be thwarted. Why? Because He is our creator, sustainer and Lord of all. “Therefore, hide yourself in him; the name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it, and they are saved” (Proverbs 18:1). No power of the devil can stop the plan of God for your life; His will for your life will always come to pass. Keep in mind that nobody can assault you without God’s permission. Children of God, you are indestructible unless God calls you home. Today, many Christians are more afraid of a witch doctor than God. Learn to not allow the fear of evil men and women stop you from moving forward with making plans for the future. I am here to tell you that no demon can destroy or attack you without God’s permission. Why? Because you are a child of God, and should not be afraid of evil men and women. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2023 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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God protected Joseph and He can protect you, too. Do not allow fear to hold you hostage and keep you from setting specific goals in your life. If you allow fear to dominate you, you will not set big audacious goals for your life. When you are afraid of people laughing and talking about you, you will never know the power of God. When your life is driven by fear of people, you will experience burning out and bitterness. Why? You can never please people. When you decide to trust God completely and take action, nothing can stop you. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2023 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
Hey Friends!!! I am working on launching a podcast!!! Here are 21 questions I will be asking leaders around the world!! Help me with some feedback after reading this questions. What are the three lessons you have learnt about hiring the right people? What are the three best business books you have read in the best five years? What are three bad habits you have been able to quit that have made you a successful business owner? What are three qualities that hold you back from hiring certain individuals? What are three qualities in a man that makes your wife uncomfortable with him being your friend? What are three habits that set good business owners apart from great business owners? Tell me about your morning routine ( three things you must do) before you leave the house and ( three things you do) after you get to the office? What three things to develop yourself every week? What are the best three lessons you have learnt about parenting your daughter, son or children? Tell me about a time you failed and what are three lessons learned from it? Who are your mentors and how do you find them? What are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2022 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I want to use this opportunity to thank you all for being part of my life. The past six months has been a very difficult one for me, but also a blessing in disguise. During this time, God has really surprised me. In February of this year, the young lady I had been courting for five months (I met her in October 2021) informed me that she was pregnant with another man's child. This broke my heart deeply and I refused to embark on my search for a godly wife. However, in March of 2022, I was privileged to meet a young lady whom I proposed to in May. By God’s good grace, we will be getting married this fall. Our engagement video.. She is a lovely woman who loves Jesus deeply and desires to serve Christ with me. She's twenty-eight years young and sixteen years younger than I, but loves the Lord. She is a fantastic young lady with a passion for ministry. She has some experience in youth ministry in a local church. She is also a college graduate from a Nigerian university. She is very passionate about reaching the next generation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2022 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
Saints of God, whenever we choose not to allow the eyes of God to lead us and the voice of God to lead us, we will get ourselves into trouble. The title of this sermon is "Don't trust your eyes"than you. I want you to really remember that God is wiser than you. You are not wiser than God. Don't trust your eyes, trust the voice of God. Your eyes will mislead you.Trust God's instruction, direction and correction. Follow his eyes for he is wise!! That is why we are commanded to obey the voice of God and not the voice of men. “Now Jacob heard that he had defiled his daughter Dinah. But his sons were with his livestock in the field, so Jacob held his peace until they came. The sons of Jacob had come in from the field as soon as they heard of it, and the men were indignant and very angry, because he had done an outrageous thing in Israel by lying with Jacob’s daughter, for such a thing must not be done. On the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2022 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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This school will host 200 students in Nigeria. If God is speaking to you, let’s talk! Respectfully Pastor Owolabi Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2022 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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Dear Young and Gifted Leader, Do not waste your life. Every single day, for the rest of your life, work on your gift. Develop your gift. Listen to your coaches. Work twice as hard. Do not repeat the same mistakes. Think!!!! You are a masterpiece in the hand of the master. Every pain has a purpose. Your life is a gift from God. I love you am praying for you. Your Catalyst Coach Pastor James Owolabi Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2021 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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Dear Colaboures in the Lord’s Vineyard, ​Thank you for being a blessing to my ministry in Nigeria. It has not been easy relocating to Nigeria. Smooth seas don't make good sailors. No doubt, 2021 was a difficult year for but God has truly been faithful. Over the past 10 months, since the sudden and unexpected home-going of my father, I have seen God move in amazing ways and use us to change the hearts of young people in Ogbomosho. We held a conference for preteens that challenged them to embrace the skill of setting goals and reaching their God-given potential. Each speaker at this event challenged the teenagers to discover their God-given plans for their lives and pursue it with discipline. Over 100 preteens attended this event. Students were challenged from the word of God to embrace a lifetime of discipline and hard work. In September of this year, I started Bridge of Grace Baptist Church in Ogbomosho. Bridge of Grace is growing steadily, especially in our children’s Bible club and Wednesday night teen outreach sections. I was privileged to preach at the Commerment services at the Bible College which was started by my father and currently under the leadership... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2021 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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“Winning’ is not defined by me or your parents or even the market…it’s defined by you.” - Gary Vaynerchuk Dear Young Leader and Gifted Leader, Never forget your manners. Being polite & honest with your team and customers will not cost you any money. It would increase employee productivity and generate repeat customers Customers come in all shapes and sizes and so do their attitudes. When they go low into the abbeys of conflict, we go aboard the plane of emotional intelligence and fly high into the clouds of wisdom. Being calm and polite is not easy when you speaking with an unkind, annoyed, hostile, or aggressive customer. It requires special emotional management skills. You need wisdom to control of the fire of tension by speaking with tact and by watching your tone. Amidst your highest level of professionalism, never forget your manners. Watch your tone! You are a Nigerian we are loud.😂😂😂 We have learned that the best way to win a prospective client is by killing them with kindness by thinking carefully and quickly about when to speak, and when to be quiet. Being polite is not easy but possible with most customers. We Nigerians are rude and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2021 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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Dear Friends and family! Use this link and code to purchase my book for $9.99 on my birthday. https://square.link/u/KL5XcL3I. I love you and am praying for you. Respectfully Pastor James Owolabi www.jamesowolabi.com/donate Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2021 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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Just landed in Nigeria. Get back to Christin Education and Encouraging national Pastors. Just landed in Nigeria. Finished an amazing ministry tour in the United States Preached 70 times, 5 states, 10 unique audiences, over 100 souls saved and many lives recommited to Christ. Wow! What a ride!! One of the best summers of my life!!! Thank you all for your prayers and financial support . Jeff Pierce that breakfast was delicious. Karlene Toren dreaming of home cooked Jamaican food while jet lacked in Lagos (Thank you it was so good). God! Thank you! www.jamesowolabi.com/donate — feeling thankful in Ikeja G.R.A, Ikeja. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2021 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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I officially moved from Chicago to Nigeria on April 28 2021 to become an educator. By the time you read this letter, I will already be leading an elementary school and helping pastors my father trained in the ministry. Here are several ways you can pray for me right now. Ask God for: 1. 100 Donors ($25.00 each month) who will support my efforts in Nigeria with financial resources. https://www.jamesowolabi.com/donate 2. Door openers: strong relational networks and powerful connectors in Nigeria. People of means that can help me navigate the corrupt nature of this nation’s way of doing business. People of integrity are lacking here, so I need trustworthy people to help me. Honest workers like carpenters, painters and contractors. 3. Disciples, people who will allow me to teach and train them, I want to build teams committed to the vision and philosophy God has given me, with the same heart and mind. I want to build five schools and plant 5 churches in Nigeria in the next 25 years.($250,000.00 dream) 4. Discernment in relationships and safety while living in Nigeria. Nigeria is a very dangerous country. I am a prime target for robbers and people who want to kidnap... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2021 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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Dear Friends and Family! God’s grace has sustained me during this season of deep anguish and immense sorrow. Your prayers, financial gifts, phone calls, and notes of encouragement have sustained me during this difficult season. The past 90 days have been the hardest day of my adult life. It has been difficult learning to trust God day by day after the sudden and unexpected home going of my earthly father. My father was the greatest gift God gave me. He was a passionate soul winner, a courageous church planter, a brilliant pastor, a generous father, the best father a son could have, and an effective Christian educator. His impact on my life has been felt every day of my life in every facet of my life. I love him so much and miss him deeply every day. His life has reignited in me a passion to return to Africa to continue the work and ministry that God has given him. My ministry with Youth for Christ in Chicago has come to an end. It is a new season of ministry in Nigeria and the United States. I will be the spending summer months in the United States and the rest... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2021 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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My heart is broken and my heart is sad....... Two weeks ago I got the tragic news that one of my team members suffered a major health setback. Andy has been my executive assistant and one of my virtual editors/content creators for the over five years. Andy has edited all my sermons, all my articles and has been a major contributor to my ministry while choosing to be behind the scenes. For the past fives years Andy has been a faithful friend, patient mentor, personal coach, intelligent friend and passionate supporter of my ministry. I love him so much. Please pray for my friend Andy and for God to heal him. Our God is a healer. Andy is just irreplaceable .......but God is a good God and a wise God! I am really sad ..... PRAY FOR ANDY..... On a positive note this past two weeks has been a wonderful week filled with God’s blessings and goodness. 20 students praying to receive Christ in Chicago and preaching seven times in two different states to seven different audiences has been a real joy to my soul. God was SUPER kind to me this October and November and the people of God... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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My heart is broken and my heart is sad....... Two weeks ago I got the tragic news that one of my team members suffered a major health setback ( a severe stroke... he is my age ...). Andy has been my executive assistant and one of my virtual editors/content creators for the over five years. Andy has edited all my sermons, all my articles and has been a major contributor to my ministry while choosing to be behind the scenes. For the past fives years Andy has been a faithful friend, patient mentor, personal coach, intelligent friend and passionate supporter of my ministry. I love him so much. Please pray for my friend Andy and for God to heal him. Our God is a healer. Andy is just irreplaceable .......but God is a good God and a wise God! I am really sad ..... PRAY FOR ANDY..... On a positive note this past two weeks has been a wonderful week filled with God’s blessings and goodness. 20 students praying to receive Christ in Chicago and preaching seven times in two different states to seven different audiences has been a real joy to my soul. God was SUPER kind to me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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Teaching the word of God to teenagers is vital to their development. Only the word of God can change the hearts and minds of teenagers. Let’s connect teenagers to the heart of God by intentionally teaching them the word of God. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.
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While we love providing students with a place where they can play basketball, hang out with their friends, play board games, among many other things, our main goal is to introduce them to our Savior. Our biggest desire is for students to enter into a lifelong relationship with Jesus. We take about 5-10 minutes each day to sit down and do a devotional with all of our students. We recently spent a couple of days talking about giving God authority over our lives. That following weekend, we have a student who reached out saying that he wanted to give God authority. This is why we do what we do. Respectfully Pastor James Owolabi #yfcusa #yfcchicago #yfccitylife Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at Bible Teacher. Pastor.Educator.