Church of Nigeria ends episcopal retreat, elects bishops
Any life worth living and any ministry that is worth exercising demands self-evaluation.”
Those were the words of Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev Henry Ndukuba, while delivering his welcome address at the Episcopal Retreat, held at St. Matthias House, National Secretariat, Gudu District, Abuja.
The Primate called on Christians, especially church leaders to constantly undertake self-examination, to determine whether they are in line with God’s will, and avoid labouring in vain. He said the position they occupy as church leaders calls for enormous accountability, and are therefore expected to present themselves as God’s people, holy and blameless.
He lamented that people have turned against God, and governments have begun to formulate policies that are anti-Christ and against God’s Word. He urged Christians to live the kingdom life and have the kingdom mind-set to pursue, overtake and recover all the souls and resources God has given them.
“The beggarly mentality must be done away with, as we stand in faith and the Word of God to declare and pray that God our Father will have His way, His Will be done among us as it is in Heaven. The idols that occupy the place of God must be cast down and out. Jesus Christ must be Lord and Saviour of our lives, His Church and His world,” he said.
Ndukuba reiterated that the COVID-19 pandemic revealed that the world belongs to God and that He alone controls all that happens. Therefore, it is blasphemy for people to act and behave as though the Church belongs to them.
He stated that the Church of Nigeria must play its role in bringing the world to obey Jesus Christ, adding that mission, evangelism and discipleship would remain core to the ministry of the Church of Nigeria. He said the Church’s unity is vital to the existence of the Anglican Church and so, the church would not sacrifice any soul, congregation or Diocese because of the interest of any Bishop, Clergy, Laity or group.
The Episcopal Retreat, which had the theme, “The reign of God in challenging times”, featured Communion services, Bible study on the topic, “The reign of God in challenging times”, talk on “The goal of our episcopal calling-shepherding the flock of Christ” and seminars on different topical issues.
The three-day retreat was rounded off with the election of four new Bishops. They are Ven. Dr. Peter Oludipe for Ijebu Diocese; Ven. Adegoke Oludare Agara for Idoani Diocese; Ven. Enoch Atuboyedia for Okirika Diocese; and Ven. Gabriel Elabor for Esan Diocese.
The Bishop of Mbamili Diocese, Rt. Rev Henry Okeke is to translate to the Diocese of Ideato, while the Rt. Rev David Onuoha, Bishop of Okigwe South Diocese was elected as the Archbishop-elect of the Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri.