9th November 2016
Today at Success in Business & Career (SBC) we speak to Pastor Sunday Adelaja (SA) – a Gifted Pastor, Teacher, Evangelist, Author and Businessman based in Ukraine (Europe). Pastor Sunday is the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Embassy of God Church, reputed as one of Europe’s largest churches.
Interviewer: Wilbert R. Mutoko [Author, Life Coach, Personal Finance Coach, Business Mentor, Corporate Trainer, Educator, Pastor, Marriage/Relationship Counsellor and Blogger].
(SBC) Pastor Sunday Adelaja, welcome and thank you for spending time with us at Success in Business & Career.
(SA) Thank you for having me Wilbert.
(SBC) Can you start by giving our followers a brief background of yourself, your experience, education and current career status?
(SA) I am a Nigerian. I studied Journalism. I am the Senior Pastor of God Embassy Church. The rest can be found on my blog.
(SBC) Pastor Sunday, what is your favourite meal and drink?
(SA) I am not keen on any particular food or drink. I eat anything.
(SBC) What is your motto and what drives you?
(SA) I want to subdue the world for Jesus Christ. I want to impose God upon my generation.
(SBC) Is there a set of values that you live by?
(SA) Jesus died for me. I must live for Christ. My life is no longer mine, but it is Christ that lives in me
(SBC) People talk much about the need for mentorship. What is your take on that? And who are your mentors?
(SA) I learn from many people across the world, in different spheres of life.
(SBC) What about your wake up time and sleep time? How many hours do you normally sleep and why?
(SA) I go to bed after 12 midnight. I sleep 4 hours, wake up to do some work, then I sleep another one hour. Then I am up for the day.
(SBC) Wow! That is so inspiring, Dr Sunday. Would you like to tell us anything about family?
(SA) Wow! Family is the only thing that one has. All other people will leave one day or the other, but family sticks with you. So, family is precious.
(SBC) WOW! Pastor Sunday, this is amazing so far. Now, to get where you are there is a story, how did it all start? How did you become born again and ultimately a mega church pastor?
(SA) God saved me while watching a TV programme. 6 months later I left to go for school in Russia. The rest of the story is everywhere on the internet.
(SBC) Pastor Sunday, did you have any life-changing experiences that put you on the path that led you to what you’re doing today?
(SA) I had an encounter with the Lord soon after arriving in Ukraine. I was frustrated and wanted to go back to Africa. I prayed for God to reveal my purpose. Thank God because Jesus appeared to me and revealed that I had to become a minister of the Gospel.
(SBC) Pastor Sunday, you lead a mega Church, yet you are also a life coach, entrepreneur, speaker and author! Can you share some tips with small churches on how to grow their congregations?
(SA) Firstly, make sure that you become a friend of God. Secondly, be widely read.
(SBC) Pastor Sunday, you have spoken in various platforms and organizations around the world. Can you tell us more about that?
(SA) I have spoken for the United Nations, Japanese Parliament, Israeli Parliament, Bill Clinton Foundation, and United States Senate etc.
(SBC) Pastor Sunday, I must say that you are a prolific writer. I have read and enjoyed some of your amazing books such as ‘Church Shift’ and ‘Money won’t make you Rich’. Can you tell us more about your books and products?
(SA) (Laughs) I have written over 300 books, but I plan to write 1000 books. My other books include ‘Kingdom Driven Life’, ‘Who am I?’, ‘Only God can save Nigeria – What a Myth?’ etc.
(SBC) Pastor Sunday, apart from pastoring and writing books, what else do you do?
(SA) I do many other things. I do teaching, training, coaching, mentoring, blogging, pastoring etc. I do as much as possible.
(SBC) Pastor Sunday, what has been the most interesting part of your ministry?
(SA) Seeing people’s lives changing is my greatest delight.
(SBC) What has been the most distressing part of your ministry?
(SA) People showing no gratitude
(SBC) Where do we see Pastor Sunday Adelaja in the next 5 to 10 years?
(SA) I see myself in Africa, starting in Nigeria, then the rest of Africa to help the continent to become first world.
(SBC) They say ‘iron sharpen iron.’ Did you have any remarkable mentors or advisors who boosted you to where you are today, what you believe in and what you are committed to do in your work and life? Share with our followers about it.
(SA) I have been influenced by Dr Myles Munroe, Dr T.L. Osborne, Arch Bishop Idahosa, Papa Adeboye, Bishop David Oyedepo, Francis Wale Oke etc.
(SBC) Wow Pastor Sunday Adelaja! That is a mouthful! Where can our followers find your books?
(SA) My books are life transforming materials that can turn them to world changers and history makers. The books are in bookshops around the world and on Amazon.
(SBC) Pastor Sunday Adelaja, what is your take on the current status of leadership, ministry and entrepreneurship in Africa?
(SA) Africa should take the lead right now. It is time for Africa.
(SBC) Ummmm! Quiet touching! Pastor Sunday Adelaja, what do you think should be done to improve Africa? Tell us if there are any steps you are taking in that direction.
(SA) We have to change the mind-set of Africans, deliver our people from superstition, cause them to believe in themselves, and change the value system of our people. I am putting a lot of things together for Africa as we speak.
(SBC) Let’s talk about Pastor Sunday Adelaja the man! Give us a bit of your social and family life.
(SA) I am married to my wife Pastor Bose Adelaja, and we are blessed with three children – 19 year old boy and two girls 16 and 13. We are happily married and enjoying the process.
(SBC) That’s so good to hear Pastor Sunday Adelaja. What is the craziest thing you’d like to achieve/attain?
(SA) To see Africa lead the world
(SBC) What is the worst experience you have gone through in life and in ministry and what lessons have you drawn from it?
(SBC) If you could spend time with someone who has attained the kind of success you are looking to reach, what questions would you ask them?
(SA) I don’t know anybody who has done what I want to do. So it will be difficult to answer this one.
(SBC) What social cause(s) do you support/advocate for?
(SA) I want to end poverty
(SBC) Pastor Sunday Adelaja, if you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would be your occupation?
(SA) I would be a journalist and authoring books etc.
(SBC) How do you manage doing ministry and business at the same time? What challenges do you face in this regard?
(SA) No challenge (laughs). I can do many things at the same time.
(SBC) I am aware that you have fought numerous battles in Ukraine concerning ministry. Would you please share some of your experiences?
(SA) (Laughter) Many battles, yes! I have gone through more than 20 law suits in Ukraine, but that’s fine. People have brought up false allegations several times; people have betrayed me and let me down and told lies about me. But that is life, there are better experiences (laughs).
(SBC) How many people do you work with?
(SA) So many of them
(SBC) How do you solve leadership challenges among your team members?
(SA) We sit down and talk to help them understand
(SBC) How do you manage career and family at the same time? What challenges do you face in this regard?
(SA) No challenge. I put my priorities right. I don’t trivialize my family. I make sure wife and children are satisfied and ministry follows.
(SBC) Most pastors struggle with financing (start-up capital and working capital). How is your experience, and what advice can you give?
(SA) I have lots of advice on this in the book ‘Money won’t make you rich.’ I urge pastors to read the book and it will help them a lot.
(SBC) How do you network in order to increase your contacts?
(SA) I just reach out to people and help them reach their dreams.
(SBC) Many pastors and speakers struggle with marketing and selling their work. How do you do it?
(SA) I advise them to learn marketing skills and copy from those doing it well.
(SBC) What advice can you give to singles as they prepare for marriage?
(SA) Singles should prepare themselves for marriage. They need to read about marriage. They also need to understand that they will have ten times their challenges after marriage as compared to when they are single. So they must be ready.
(SBC) What advice can you give to married couples for them to avoid divorce and to enjoy marriage?
(SA) First of all, each spouse should look for the interests of their spouse, rather than focusing on their personal interests. Secondly, they must never assume that their spouse is obliged to do anything. Each spouse should take it as a privilege to have someone to live with. Thus they should not be demanding, but understanding and forgiving.
(SBC) Any advice to pastors who want to pursue their calling?
(SA) Go and learn as much as possible before launching into ministry.
(SBC) Any special advice to upcoming entrepreneurs?
(SA) Go and learn as much as possible before launching into business
(SBC) When you are long gone, Pastor Sunday Adelaja, what would you like to be remembered for?
(SA) I want to keep producing results and keep on yielding fruits for up to 300 to 500 years after I am long gone. I want to make impact as if I will still be alive.
(SBC) Any last words to our followers in general?
(SA) They should visit my blog: sundayadelajablog.com
(SBC) Thank you so much Pastor Sunday Adelaja for taking time off your demanding schedule. We appreciate and value your useful advice.
(SA) Most welcome and God bless you Wilbert
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