Be alive to your responsibilities, Ndukuba tells Anglican men
The Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Most Rev Henry Ndukuba has called on men in the Anglican Communion to wake up to their responsibilities as leaders in diverse ramifications at home, in the Church and the society.
Speaking at the first National Convention of the Christian Men’s Fellowship of the Church of Nigeria, held recently at the Cathedral Church of St. James the Great Oke-Bola, Ibadan, Oyo State, the Primate described the convention organised by the Christian Men’s Fellowship as very strategic and a culmination of a long process of consultations and engagement with the different Men’s group in the Church of Nigeria.
Ndukuba, who said the event shall be the umbrella organisation for all the Church’s men’s groups and ministries, thanked God for the opportunity to gather men from all Dioceses and Provinces across Nigeria for a formidable and united men’s ministry that is essential in fulfilling the Church’s mission and ministry mandate.
Expatiating on the theme of the Convention, “Men as Agents of God’s Reign,” taken from Isaiah 52:1-10, Ndukuba highlighted the God-given and strategic position of men in the creation and in society. He encouraged the men to make themselves available to the all-powerful God, whose desire it is to involve men in His reign here on earth. He explained that at the centre of every move of God in any generation is a man raised by God for His own glory, and noted that God is searching for men He will use for His Kingdom advancement on earth. So, men in the Anglican Communion have to wake up to their responsibilities as leaders in diverse ramifications at home, in the Church and in the society.
Ndukuba said: “Every man has a place in this Decade of the Reign of God. I appreciate the men for their amazing labour in God’s vineyard in their respective dioceses and hope for further development and utilisation of men at the national level.
“We are indeed proud of all our fathers in all our Churches and Dioceses… As a National Church, we need to adequately invest in the holistic development of our men spiritually, intellectually and physically. Hence, there is an urgent need for coordination, focus and platform for building strong fellowship among our men. Our men must be adequately mobilised, intentionally discipled and deployed as God’s Kingdom Agents in every sphere of the society and the mission of the Church.”
The Primate appreciated the Archbishop Coordinator of Men, The Most Rev. Dr Cyril Odutemu (Archbishop of Bendel), the Organising Committee, led by The Rt Rev Dr Williams Aladekugbe (Bishop of Oyo), the Provincial Archbishop of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province, The Most Rev Dr ‘Segun Okunbadejo and the Bishop of Ibadan, The Most Rev Joseph Akinfenwa, as well as the Resource Persons for their labours of love, praying that, by their works and the Convention, the Church will be able to set out a clear kingdom vision and direction for the Men’s Ministry.
The National Coordinating Archbishop, The Most Rev. Dr. Cyril Odutemu, who expressed his gratitude to the Primate for coming to address the Convention, explained that the Christian Men’s Fellowship is not about creating a new society in the Church, but a forum to strategically organise and mobilise men in the Anglican Church to actively rise up to their responsibilities in all ramifications.
Pro-tem leaders were chosen from the three groupings of the Church of Nigeria (North, Supra-West and Joint-East) and will serve as the Steering Committee for the CMF for two years when substantive officers will be elected. The Steering Committee, which will be inaugurated during DIVCCON in Abuja, comprises the following from North – Prof. Job Nmadu (Lokoja Province), Mr. Harold O. Duruh (Kaduna Province), Engr. (Dr.) Afam Nwana (Abuja Province); Supra West – Barr. Moses Uchere (Bendel Province), Chief Wale Jolaoso (Ibadan Province), Mr. Mayokun Ogedengbe (Lagos Province); Joint East – Sir Fred S. Pepple (Niger Delta Province), Sir Mbaigbo Osondu (Niger Province) and Barr. Cyril Nwaubani (Aba Province).
A delegate, Prince Olu Adeyemi from the Diocese of Ondo, who spoke to journalists on the occasion commended Ndukuba’s efforts and prayed God to continue to enlarge the church’s coasts globally. He also lauded the efforts of the Bishops as well as delegates, adding that God has added a new development in the growth of Church of Nigeria. Over 20 Bishops from different dioceses graced the Convention.