Founder, Church Growth International Francis Bola Akin – John dies at 58 leaving Lasting Legacy

The passing of Dr. Francis Bola John, founder of Church Growth International who died on the night of October 6, 2023, at the age of 58 has sent shockwaves through his vast global community of followers and admirers, as they reflect on the profound impact of his life’s work.

Although many may not have had the opportunity to meet him in person, Dr. Francis Bola John touched countless lives through his books and teachings on Church growth. Those who had the privilege of knowing him personally experienced his multifaceted character, characterized by wisdom, compassion, and an unshakable dedication to advancing the growth of the Christian faith.

Dr. Francis Bola John, also known as the President of the International Church Growth Ministry, was renowned not only in Nigeria but across Africa for his inspirational teachings on church growth. He founded the International Institute of Church Growth, an institution that has trained over 5,000 pastors and leaders, resulting in numerous success stories of growth in not just Churches but  as well Christian Institutions across the globe.

Over the course of his life, Dr. John served as a pastor for five different denominational churches within a span of just eight years. In 1988, he founded his own ministry, which went on to host hundreds of conferences across Nigeria, Africa, and Europe, collectively drawing the participation of more than 30,000 church leaders.

In addition to his dynamic preaching and teaching Ministry, Dr. Francis Bola John authored over 35 influential books, including titles such as ‘Grow the Pastor, Grow the Church,’ ‘The Impact-driven Church,’ and ’22 Laws of Church Growth.’ These books have sold thousands of copies and continue to provide essential resources for Pastors and Leaders seeking guidance in church development and ministry leadership.

Furthermore, Dr. John produced an extensive array of materials on various aspects of church growth, leadership, and spiritual health, which have been utilized by thousands of church leaders worldwide. His impact extended to the creation of seminars, resources, and tapes aimed at empowering men to become better versions of themselves.

Through his consultancy work, Dr. Francis Bola John provided critical assistance to numerous denominational and independent churches, helping them overcome stagnation, crises, and internal conflicts.

He played a pivotal role in raising and nurturing thousands of ministers, churches, and ministries across nations, embodying his passion for “Empowering Leaders to Grow Healthier Churches and Ministries” on a global scale.

As news of his passing reverberates around the world, tributes and condolences are pouring in, underscoring the profound influence of his ministry. Dr. John’s family, colleagues, and fellow believers remember him as not only a spiritual leader but also a mentor, guide, and a source of unwavering inspiration.

Funeral arrangements for the late Dr. John are currently underway, and further details will be announced by his family and the leadership of Church Growth International in the coming days.

Dr. Francis Bola John’s life serves as a testament to the transformative power of faith and the enduring influence of a visionary leader. His memory will forever reside in the hearts of those he touched. His legacy of faith, unity, and service will undoubtedly continue to inspire generations of believers.


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