HISTORICALLY - [EVANGELISATION WITHIN OSOGBO TOWNSHIP AND BEYOND]
The First Baptist Church Oke - Okanla was noticed to have grown geometrically based on three distinct factors. The first is her belief in the doctrine of street crusade and baptism by immersion inside Osun River. The first Pastor of the Church as an Evangelist (Ajihinrere) believed very much in it and he practised it successfully. The second is belief in early morning prayers at the Cocoa Store Houses usually prepared daily by Pa A. B. Agogo and later by Pa Jacob Oj'ewumi. This practice was more or less in competition with their Muslim counterparts whose first prayers at Osogbo was usually at 5 a.m. They were regarded as counterparts and not rivals. The Church-on-the-Hill maintained this practice of "praying without ceasing'' till today. The third practice was "delegated visitation" to members who could not worship on two or three Sundays consecutively. This practice later became one of the objectives of the Welfare and Appreciation Committee of the Church in the 1990s. It is therefore a thing of great joy that the Baptist Church which came much later after the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Methodist Churches have begun in the early 20th C. was steadily surpassing them in numerical and (not by exaggeration) spiritual strength.
Evangelization within Osogbo OTY
To start with, the Church carried out its Sunday Sunday crusade in three strategic areas. They were Isale - Osun/ Ita - Olookan and Oke - Baale. These places and a corner in Popo area were later named out – door preaching stations. Church families near these posts mounted sheds made of palm fronds and leaves for prayer meetings as well. Up to the 1950s, converts were gathered from these locations for education towards Baptism by immersion on Osun River and observation of the Lord's Supper thereafter. We have earlier mentioned Rev. Charles Jerniriye from Ekiti Baptist Association, Rev. Majola Agbebi and Rev. Williams from Lagos and Rev. George Green from Ogbomoso as the Clergies responsible for these ordinances until Evangelist Bada was fully ordained in the 1930.
Similarly, the Church observed annually a one week Revival Service. During the week, daily Morning Prayer meetings were first conducted followed by daily morning devotion in the Baptist Day School Hall by the Revivalist invited. Then, at around 4 p.m, it was daily crusade of dancing and singing to and fro those four locations; and at around 5.30 to 7.30 p.m, the congregation returned to iKe Church with Muslim on lookers and converts joining lor the Revival.
The establishment of Baptist Girls High School, Osogbo in 1956 at Gbodofon area and the opening of Newton Memorial School on Ilobu Road (principally for white American Missionary Children) expanded the catchment area of the Church for evangelization. The students and their staff all came to Oke - Okanla on Sundays for worship. Later on, when Union Baptist Church was fully inaugurated, the students in these schools were equally attracted to worship in the two Osogbo Baptist Churches. Church Planting and Nurturing in Osogbo City.