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Seek God’s presence always, Ndukuba tells clergy, wives

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The Primate of the Church of Nigeria and Bishop of Abuja (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Henry Ndukuba has admonished the clergy of the Diocese of Abuja and their wives to constantly seek God’s presence in their lives, families and ministries.

The Primate stated this at the just-concluded retreat organised for clergy and wives in Abuja, themed, “Dwelling in the presence of God” and taken from Psalm 91:1 and Exodus 33:12-16. Ndukuba said the theme was best for this period, and urged everyone to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Similarly, the Bishop of Osun North (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev Abiodun Olaoye, who anchored the Bible study throughout the Retreat, admonished the clergy and wives to approach God’s presence, and let their lives be godly, as God would not change His position and character.

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In his teaching, Bishop of Afikpo (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Paul Udogu, who was the expositor of the theme, enjoined participants to desire intimate knowledge of God; secure and pursue His presence because ministers of God must see Him and His presence as paramount. He maintained that there was no alternative to dwelling in God’s presence.

In a paper presented on challenges, relationship and administration in the Parish Ministry, Ven. Peter Okunromade advised the clergy and wives to operate under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, critically analyse situations, delegate where and when necessary and keep appropriate records in the parish.

Other speakers at the event included Dr. T. T. Wakama; Ven. Obioma Onwuzurumba and Dr. Peter Nmadu. Wakama, who spoke on healthy living, urged the clergy and wives to avoid psychological stress, maintain good interpersonal relationship with God and other people, as well as ensure frequent health check and exercise.
Canon Jacob Ibietan is the Secretary, Clergy Association, Anglican Diocese of Abuja

Onwuzurumba spoke on the topic: “Pastor and wife friendship, love and partnership in the ministry; while Nmadu stressed on equipping saints for the work of the ministry (The expectation of the Laity), and urged participants to harness the professional skills of the laity for the Church’s growth.
Canon Jacob Ibietan is the Secretary, Clergy Association, Anglican Diocese of Abuja

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