The crisis, which broke out following the demise of the founder of the church, Rev. Samuel Bilehou J. Oshoffa, in September 1995, culminated in litigations by the various claimants to the leadership of the church.
The CCC was believed to be one of the fast spreading churches then as it had about 5,000 parishes in different parts of the world. Precisely, the CCC was founded on September 29, 1947 in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin by Oshoffa. A frantic peace move initiated by the President of Benin, Mathieu Kerekuo, also hit the rocks as two of the contending forces failed to shift ground.
Already, the church has set up a five-member steering committee under the CCC Global Unification Committee, with Senior Evangelist Adefela Marcus as chairman and Supreme Evangelist Moses Ogunrinde as secretary.
A source said the committee had held fruitful consultations with the various camps involved in the conflict, ahead of a three-day meeting scheduled for Cotonou, the capital of the Republic of Benin, to find a lasting solution to the rift.
Tagged CCC Unification Conference, the event is slated for September 29 to October 1, 2008.
The leaders noted that the crisis had taken its toll on the church and called on all members to embrace the fresh opportunity to restore order.
A document made available to Sunday Punch on Friday in Lagos by the organisers said the current effort was informed by the need to settle all rifts among CCC leaders so as to pave the way for progress in the church.
“This crucial conference is informed by the desire to harness and solidify the efforts of several unification groups in both Nigeria and Benin Republic that are genuinely committed to a common goal of bringing CCC worldwide under one spiritual Head and Pastor, in accordance with the legacy bequeathed to the church by the late founder.
“All the contending pastors, both in the Nigeria and Benin dioceses, with their respective delegations have been duly invited and are expected to be at the conference.
“This is with a view to providing and enhancing a level-playing ground for all concerned to make their grievances or cause for contention known, so as to resolve and find an amicable solution to end the leadership crisis once and for all.”
The statement, signed by Marcus and Ogunrinde, stated that a comprehensive programme for the conference would be announced at the appropriate time.