Okeke tells Church leaders to be men of God
The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has ended its two-week training for the newly consecrated Bishops and their wives at the Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State. The event ran between October 21 and November 1, 2019.
The course, convened and sponsored by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh, was aimed at exposing the new Bishops to diverse challenges and demands of leadership in their new order. It was coordinated and facilitated by the retired Bishop on the Niger and wife, Rt. Revd. Ken. Sandy and Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi (Nneobioma) Okeke.
In his address, the coordinator urged the new Bishops and church leaders to be more of ‘Men of God’ as Moses was, rather than being ‘Men of the People.’ He also admonished them to reject the temptation of carrying out the will of men that are not in consonance with God’s Will as Aaron did. Rather, they should always be willing to obey God Who called them.
Church leaders, according to him, could be led by God if they gave room for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through daily devotions and other spiritual disciplines.
Also, the coordinator’s wife, Dr. Okeke charged the Bishops not to be distracted by the problems/complaints in the Diocese, and they should focus on the abundant resources God has put in place in His church, where He has called them to shepherd.
Quoting from John 14 vs. 14, she counseled the Bishops and their wives to maintain spiritual stamina and grace that are required to work in God’s vineyard. Earlier in a Holy Communion Service, the Rector of the Centre, Ven. Dr. Princewill Ireoba, encouraged the Bishops to be more foresighted than their flock. He said they should not be like the proverbial blind leaders of the blind that lead their followers into the ditch. The exercise featured resource persons who anchored lectures and seminars.
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