Ndukuba tasks EFAC members on evangelism, commends Crowther University
Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, has tasked members of the Evangelical Fellowship of the Anglican Church (EFAC) to be dedicated in their desire to win souls, saying the harvest for souls is still plenty and the assignment requires more labourers.
Ndukuba, who addressed priests and their wives at the opening of the 2021 Convention of EFAC at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, spoke on the theme, “Empowered to Manifest.” He said the Church’s soul is evangelism and prayed that after this year’s convention, those in attendance will be empowered, like the apostles, to go out for evangelism.
Tracing the origin of EFAC, as a body of priests and their wives, Ndukuba said: “It was opened up in Nigeria around 1983 or so, after a meeting in Jos. It was agreed that Lay people should come in to populate EFAC. It had challenges from authorities of the church then, but all that has changed. Nothing should distract us from the great commission. We must also involve the youth in evangelism. We have started the Joshua Generation and at the first youth conference. We planned for 15, 000 people, but we had 22, 000 and 2, 500 of them have volunteered for mission work. When they are trained and released to work, they will certainly make a change in mission work. We should get our youth involved in mission work.”
He disclosed that the Church of Nigeria is building Anglican University of Technology in Kwaita, Abuja as the National Church University. He said the church would launch a campaign against drug abuse through the Anglican Compassion and Development Initiative (ADADI), a body that has been registered by the Church of Nigeria.
He explained that the Church of Nigeria Missionary Society (CNMS) is being repositioned to fully function as the Mission Arm of the Church of Nigeria, and that it will be built into both a mission agency and Institution.
“Our desire is that the Church of Nigeria shall intentionally stir up the universal church into world mission and lead in preparing for the Lord Jesus Christ’s return. The first phase of the Bishop Ajayi Crowther Memorial Centre, Osoogun, Oyo State, has been completed and dedicated. The Centre is our National Church Mission Training Institute,” he said.
Earlier, the primate had commended the Ajayi Crowther University for the giant strides it is making and prayed that God would strengthen and direct the institution’s management to take it to higher heights.
The Vice-Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Professor Timothy Adebayo, who received Ndukuba and Bishop of Oyo Diocese, Rt. Rev. Dr. William Aladekugbe, encouraged participants to send their children to the university, where they would be raised as godly intellectuals.
In his address, EFAC’s National President, Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Samuel Ezeofor, thanked the university for hosting the event and prayed that God would help the institution to soar higher.