Bello tasks Otukpo clergy on time management, effective ministry
The Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Otukpo, Benue State, The Rt. Rev. D. K. Bello has urged the clergy of the Diocese to effectively utilise their times as ministers to succeed, as well as in their personal lives.
At the 2021 Clergy School/Retreat of the Diocese, held at the Ibru Centre Agbarha-otor, Bello said God made time, air and death equally available to all men, but the use that people put the time to, depends on how they are able to manage it. He noted that the most successful people are good time managers and those who don’t manage theirs well have every tendency of failure.
Enjoining the clergy to be good time managers, Bello said: “The system and time we live in demand good time managers. You must prioritise time and be good time managers if you must make it, not just in ministry, but also in life.”
Bello, who had sessions of interactions with his clergy at the retreat, warned them to eschew procrastination, truancy and dereliction of duties and stop setting goals for flimsy reasons.
“Don’t let time control you. Rather, control time and ensure that every work and responsibility entrusted to you flourish in your hands. You are living life per second. Don’t live lives controlled by others. Use your initiatives, be purposeful, plan your lives and ministries and ensure that every opportunity is utilised. It is in doing this that you will be able to successfully meet the demands of the ministry and needs of your family, including preparing for retirement,” he said.
Provost of the Cathedral of the Diocese, The Very Rev. Anayo J. Igwebuike, anchored and led the 2021 Clergy School/Retreat with the theme: “Take Heed to Yourself and the Flock of God,” taken from Acts 20:28. The programme featured daily Eucharistic services, Bible Studies, Talks, Papers and Interactive Sessions.