A Historical Account Of NSUKKA Diocese Before And After Creation

A Historical Account Of NSUKKA Diocese Before And After Creation

A HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF NSUKKA DIOCESE BEFORE AND AFTER CREATION

The beginning of the missionary activities in this part of the country could be traced to the missionary expedition of Rev. Isaac Ejindu. In 1916, the gospel was first preached at Ngwo. In the same year, Rev. Isaac Ejindu from Obosi was appointed the first Pastor and Superintendent of the then Enugu District. He was a man of courage and conviction. The Enugu District then extended to Ilorin in Kwara State, Makurdi in Benue State, Kaduna, Zaria, in Kaduna State, Minna in Niger State as well as Funtua and Vom.

When Rev. Isaac wanted to carry out his missionary campaigns down to Nsukka area via 9 mile Corner-Eke, he was strongly opposed by the then established Roman Catholic Mission and their adherent warrant chiefs along that axis.

Eha-Amufu, in Isi-Uzo Local Government was politically under Nsukka which was administered by Mr. D. O. Herbert. The government in its attempt to develop the hinter lands, and facilitate transportation for better economic adventure embarked on the construction of both roads and railway lines from Port-Harcourt to Enugu and beyond.

The railway construction from Enugu through Eha-Amufu to Benue State was a divine open door to counter the Eke closed door. Rev. Ejindu promptly made good use of that opportunity. The Anglican Church landed in Umuhu in Eha-Amufu in 1921 and started its worship in a land donated by Chief Ogbu Nwasanya. In 1922, the first Church teacher, Mr. Stephen Ude arrived in Eha-Amufu. While he ministered at St. Philip’s Church, Mr. David Nwanosike was sent to Mgbuji while Mr. Oseloka who later suffered Martyrdom ministered at Amede. As evangelical work progressed, Churches were planted in other villages within Eha-Amufu and towns outside Eha-Amufu. Such as Ikem, Neke and Mbu. Their programmes were so fruitful and explosive that within one year Churches and Schools had been established in these towns.

Another factor that acted as a catalyst to the evangelical programmes was the interest and influence of the Colonial government officials, Mr. D. O. Herbert appointed warrant Chiefs in Eha-Amufu and its environs for easy governance. The warrant chiefs were mandated to protect government interests which included evangelism. The warrant chiefs were made to sign agreement to protect the lives of the Church teacher or “Church Agents”. These teachers lived in the premises of the chiefs and Church services were also held in places provided by the Chiefs in their compounds. Most of the converts were farmers, traders, artisans, masons, carpenters and sawyers, except the children who were subjected to the white-man’s education.

In 1927, Omeje Ugwuanyi Idike the Eze of Alor-Uno in his glamour and majesty resolved to build an edifice in his domain. After much consultation he employed the services of some sawyers to get the necessary wood for a storey building. Among the sawyers and workmen were John Enyi and Emmanuel Enyi from Eha-Amufu. They were among the new converts to the Anglican Church. They had tested and imbibed the new religion and were full of zeal for its propagation. They sang melodiously and at intervals knelt down to pray to a supreme God that is not represented by things made by human hands.

The Eze Omeje Ugwuanyi took active interest in what his workers were doing. Hence he desired to have and support the new religion in his Kingdom. After an exhaustive discussion with the Enyi brothers, a delegation from the Eze of Alor-Uno was sent to Rev. Isaac Uzowulu Ejindu, who was the then Pastor at Ngwo requesting him to send a Church teacher to Alor-Uno. The delegates were assured that within a year a Church teacher would be sent to them on the condition that the teacher must be paid and a place for the new Church/school be provided by the Eze.

The Eze was undaunted. He accepted the conditions. Though he was not a convert, he used his political influence to ensure the establishment of the school and Church. True to the promise made, by January 1928, Mr. Joseph Eze from Nachi was sent to Alor-Uno as the first Church/school teacher. The Church/school grew from initial six converts and students to sixty within a short period.

Prior to the arrival of the church teacher, the group of converts from Alor-Uno moved to Nsukka in 1927, a distance of about six kilometers where they heard that Christians were working in various government establishments. Expectantly, the government officials, who were mostly strangers, welcomed the idea of the Anglican Church having a base in Nsukka as a divisional headquarter. In 1928, the first Church teacher, Mr. J. P. were rapt in idol worshipping. However the presence of the strangers and government gave its sustenance.

The Church having established two strong bases at Eha-Amufu and Nsukka continued to expand to other towns. In 1930, Rev. Andrew N. Asekwu from Asaba came to Nsukka as the first priest. He was a priest who knew his weapons and used it effectively. He was noted for his vibrant campaign against idolatrous life and zeal in planting new Churches.

His successors included:

Rev. C. O. Meme - 1938

Rev. Benard - 1939-1944

Rev. Eleazar I. Ude - 1945-1950

Rev. Whilliet - 1950-1956

Rev. H. O. Nwaigwe - 1956-1960

Rev. N. Emeligo - 1960-1964

Rev. D. N. Ezirim - 1965-1967

Ven. S. A. Eze - 1970-1974

Ven. H. O. Ude - 1974

Rev. Umeh - 1974

Ven. S. O. Ugwuanyi - 1975

On 22nd February, 1976 Nsukka Archdeaconry made up of five Parishes – Nsukka, Umulokpa, Eha-Amufu, Enugu-Ezike and Abakaliki was inaugurated with St. Paul’s Church (now Cathedral) as its headquarters. Ven. Simon Odo Ugwuanyi was its first Archdeacon. Within a period of seventeen years the Archdeaconry increased by three times its size during the inauguration with the creation of the following Parishes – Ibagwa-aka, Ovoko, Aku, Amufie, Edem, Uduledem, Opi, Orba, Eha-Alumona and Adani.

Also within this period, Nsukka Archdeaconry gave birth to two new Archdeaconries.

  1. Abakaliki Archdeaconry, inaugurated in 1989 with the Pioneer and Bishop Emeritus of Nsukka Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Dr. J. C. Ilonuba, then Ven. J. C. Ilonuba as the first Archdeacon.

  2. Eha-Amufu Archdeaconry, inaugurated in 1993 with the Ven. C. N. Ozioko as its first Archdeacon.

CREATION OF NSUKKA DIOCESE

With the growth of evangelism and vision of more fertile ground for gospel in this area, the desire to create an Anglican Diocese of Nsukka started to sprout in the hearts of many Christians in this area. The first practical step to actualize this desire was made when during the Second Session of the Eight Synod of the Enugu Diocese held at St. Peter’s Church Ogbete, Enugu Archdeaconry, the Synod Resolution No. 1 (iv) started as follows “This Synod in session after due deliberations thanks the Almighty God for His continuous guidance. We further thank God for the Diocesan, the Rt. Rev. G. N. Otubelu whose industry and leadership of the flock resulted in the approval to carve out a new Diocese of Nsukka from Enugu Diocese. The Synod in session thanks God for this development and hopes that members in the proposed Diocese will work hard to make the proposal a reality”.

On Tuesday November 16th, 1993 Ven. J. C. Ilonuba was named Bishop elect of Nsukka and to be consecrated Bishop of Nsukka along with four others by the Archbishop of Nigeria the most Rev. J.A. Adetiloye at St. Michael’s Cathedral Aba on Thursday 6th January, 1994. On that day, a large number of people from this Diocese went to Aba to take part in this historic and most solemn consecration ceremony. The solemnity of the five hour service, the cordial expression of Christian fellowship by the mammoth crowd present, the overwhelming evidence of spiritual rejuvenation as shown in everybody’s face and not best of all a splendid opportunity presented for all present to renew their faith in Christ cannot be described in mere words.

INAUGURATION OF NSUKKA DIOCESE AND ENTHRONEMENT OF

RT. REV. J. C. ILONUBA AS THE LORD BISHOP OF NSUKKA

The final act of this very happy episode was played on Tuesday 11th January, 1994. That day, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Nsukka, the Archbishop of Nigeria the Most Rev. J. A. Adetiloye inaugurated the Anglican Diocese of Nsukka. This was followed by the enthronement of Rt. Rev. J. C. Ilonuba as the first Anglican Bishop of Nsukka. The crowd that assembled for the occasion was the largest ever seen in St. Paul’s premises. The Archbishop and the following Bishops were present at the inauguration and enthronement ceremony:-

  1. Rt. Rev. G. N. Otubelu – The Bishop of Enugu

  2. Rt. Rev. B. C. Nwankiti – The Bishop of Owerri Diocese & Dean of the Province

  3. Rt. Rev. M. S. C. Anikwenwa – The Bishop of Awka Diocese

  4. Rt. Rev. Prof. A. O. Iwuagwu – The Bishop of Aba Diocese

  5. Rt. Rev. C. C. Anyanwu – The Bishop of Mbaise Diocese

  6. Rt. Rev. E. E. Nglass – The Bishop of Uyo Diocese

  7. Rt. Rev. B. C. I. Okolo – The Bishop of Okigwe South Diocese

  8. Rt. Rev. A.I.S. Nwizuzu – The Bishop of Okigwe North Diocese

  9. Rt. Rev. S.C.N. Ebo – The Bishop of Orlu Diocese

  10. Rt. Rev. Kwashi – The Bishop of Jos

  11. Rt. Rev. Dr. E. B. Gbonigi – The Bishop of Akure Diuocese

  12. Rt. Rev. S. O. Adenin – The Bishop of Ondo

  13. Rt. Rev. C. A. Akinbola – The Bishop of Ekiti Diocese

  14. Rt. Rev. U. U. Ezuoke – The Bishop of Umuahia Diocese

The presence of the clergy from all over Nigeria, first executive governor of Enugu State, a former deputy Governor of Anambra State, Igwes, Chiefs, Leaders of thought from all over Nigeria added colour to the occasion.

On the same day of inauguration, Barr. Geoffrey Nwodo and Sir (Barr.) F. I. N. Ngwu were admitted as the first Chancellor and Registrar respectively. Six years after, Sir (Chief) Barr. Obiora Nzewi was admitted the second Chancellor on February 13th, 2000. Barr. Nnaemeka Ogbonna was later appointed the Assistant Registrar of the diocese. We had also Hon. Justice Pearl Enejere and Barr. Uche Eze as members of the Diocesan Legal Officers.

ELECTION OF THE PRESENT BISHOP

The Standing Committee Meeting of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) which was held in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Uruagu, Nnewi, Anambra State on Friday March 28th 2008 gave birth to the election of the new Bishop of Nsukka Diocese. This was following the retirement of the Pioneer Bishop, who was expected to bow out of the see of Nsukka on the 6th of July, 2008.

CONSECRATION OF THE NEW BISHOP OF NSUKKA DIOCESE

THE RT. REV. ALOYSIUS EZE AGBO (JP)

The Consecration was held at St. James’ The Great Cathedral, Okebola, Ibadan on the 14th of May 2008. A life transforming 7 day retreat led by the Rt. Rev. Prof. Akao Bishop of Sabongida-Ora Diocese preceded the consecration. Nineteen Bishops participated in the retreat and were consecrated. Aloysius was the only Bishop from an existing Diocese. Among those who graced the Consecration at Ibadan were Dr. M. Ajogwu (SAN), His Worship Vera Ajogwu and Sir Barrister Obiora Nzewi, Barrister Nnaemeka Ogbonna and a host of others. Well wishers within and beyond the shores of Anglican Communion thronged out en-mass to welcome the new Bishop from Ibadan. This train was led by Ven. Ephraim Asogwa and the entire members of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The crowd was overwhelming and the event historic, and was likened to the Triumphant Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The story was the same at Ogbede, where Venerable Anioke and his team took charge. At Opi, it was an unbelievable carnival of sort. The former CSP, Greg Ugwu, who joined the convoy at Opi. The Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, then, Ven. Prof. Chinedu Nebo donated his wife’s car and the University Coaster Bus for the consecration. The Director, National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu, Sir Dr. Chukwuemeka Eze and the entire Management Board gave us a Coaster Bus which helped immensely in conveying our members to Ibadan.

ENTHRONEMENT

The new Bishop was enthroned on the 6th of July 2008 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Nsukka following the bowing out of the pioneer Bishop. The event attracted a sea of people from all walks of life and worshippers from different denominations, ranging from Roman Catholic Church to other Pentecostal and Orthodox denominations.

THE WAY FORWARD FOR NSUKKA DIOCESE

The new Bishop was aroused by the shrill cry of the man of wisdom in Proverb 29:18, that “where there is no vision, the people perish”. Admittedly, he saw the beginning of his tenure as a timely opportunity to chart a new future for the Diocese. To embark on such exercise of “a new dawn” must inevitably involve the various hierarchies of the church, which will ultimately and jointly evolve a shared vision.

Incidentally he used the period of his consecration at Ibadan and thereafter to make a wide consultation with those who are consultants in visioning process within and outside the Diocese. He also collated materials in form of memoranda or advisory notes, etc., mostly from the academic community and the clergy on how to move the Diocese forward.

In the spirit of shared vision, he set up a committee of clergy and the laity headed by Sir Hon. Justice Fidelis I. N. Ngwu to articulate the vision of the Diocese through a consultative forum and upon the materials at hand.

The report was submitted to the new Bishop on his arrival from Israel on the 1st of July, 2008; for his inspirational conclusion of the visionary process.

What we now have with his imprimatur is the vision of this Diocese by this Diocese for this Diocese. In this vision, like in the book of Revelation, we are given a vision: a new heaven and a new earth and the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven. Here is God’s disclosure of the unity and amity of the whole human family in a shared vision. Don’t be left out in this new dawn, whose agenda was set by God. For God has his agenda of peace, unity and communion. We are divinely called to be loyal to it.

OUR MOTTO: “CALL TO WITHNESS AND SHINE”

OUR WATCHWORD

Give us a watchword for the hour,

A thrilling word, a word of power;

A battle cry, a flaming breath.

A call to conquest or to death;

A word to rouse the church from rest,

To head the Master’s high behest

The call is given, ye hosts arise

The watchword is EVANGELIZE!

To fallen men, a dying race,

Make known the gift of gospel grace

The world that now in darkness lies

O! Church of Christ, EVANGELIZE!

WHOM WE ARE!

“A chosen people

A Royal priesthood

A holy nation

A special people of God

….. TO DECLARE HIS PRAISES (1Pet. 2:9)

“BE SAVED AND SHINE”

VISION STATEMENT:

“An unalloyed commitment to pragmatic and holistic Evangelism that will build people of God and develop them into mission driven disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

OUR MISSION TO:

Proclaim the good news of the kingdom

Teach, baptize and nurture new believers;

Respond to human need by loving service;

Seek to transform unjust structures of society

ELEMENTS OF THE MISSION

  • To make every member minister to the Lord, through worship, thankfulness and praises.

  • To make every member minister to one another by helping, loving and taking care of one another through emotional, financial and spiritual support systems

  • To make every member minister to the world through lifestyle, personal witnessing and fulfilling a place of service in the church.

  • To plant church in every nook and cranny and nurture new ones into full fledged parishes

  • To create many Missionary Archdeaconries

  • To develop a strong mission foundation that will recruit, train and send out missionaries to the world through establishment of Seminary and Evangelism Training Institutes.

  • To develop and sustain viable economic and financial base for effective church development and mission to the unreached, lapsed members and the nations.

  • To encourage members to undertake activities for economic empowerment, wealth creation, poverty reduction and sustainable livelihood that will raise them into business and community leaders.

  • Enhance their Christian principles of giving, and establish the needed relationship between giving and getting; sowing and reaping.

  • To build superstructures and networks that will allow for the holistic approach and application of the Gospel to the world.

  • To raise political men and women that are spirit filled who will transform the Diocese and our society for God.

WHAT IS ON GROUND

A NEW ERA

A new era has emerged in the history of Nsukka Diocese by the enthronement of His Lordship, the Rt. Rev. Aloysius Eze Agbo (JP). Consequently, the people of God are summoned by the power of Holy Spirit for a total renewal of their spiritual life, refocusing and reengineering of their political, economic and social existence; with a bid to revolutionizing their attitude and generating pragmatic missionary movement for a fulfilled pastoral life and commission.

Admittedly, this call upon all of us is quite timely in a bastardized and threatened world, unholy and hungry world, an unjust, angry and fearful world, a world that has been polluted and governed by many false gods and unholy practices. It is a world that pays little heed to Jesus Christ the Messiah. It is also a world of hope in which goodness and love abound. A world that continually struggles for justice, integrity, equity and fairness. Incidentally the world belongs to God and the Diocese is a fraction of that world.

Jesus Christ has commanded His church to go into that world of complexities, invasion and apprehension and proclaim the good news with His ministry of reconciliation. We could only do that with a renewed mood of confidence, a holistic and evangelistic approach; a re-orientation where structures are rethought in the face of new situations and Christ disclosed afresh in a world which is increasingly a melting point of faiths and cultures.

The emergence of the above challenges and the desire to consolidate the gains of our fourteen years of existence, by vigorously pressing forward, as a better equipped, and spirit filled witness to the risen, triumphant and glorified Christ, has informed our vision, mission and watchword for a Greater Nsukka Diocese.

UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATING OUR VISION AND MISSION

A vision is an idea, a dream or a picture in ones imagination. It is the innate ability to think about or plant the future with great inspiration, imagination and intelligence. It is the art of seeing the invisible, where the heart sees better than the eyes. Vision is of God and a condition precedent of any task well done. In reality, vision is tied to a mission or a task, a purpose, assignment or a duty, a commission or calling.

Prov. 29:18 has admonished us that “where there is no vision, the people perish”. As God is poised to build His church, we have on our part vowed not to dwell carelessly by living a life without purpose hence the need for a clear vision and mission as our blueprint. This vision is of God and it cannot fail because it is divinely initiated.

We are however convinced that this vision will be tested by many hydra headed problems and adversities. We are also assured of victory because the balttle is of Him who sent us.

DOCUMENTING AND COMMUNICATING OUR VISION

“And the Lord answered me and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it” – Hab 2:2.

As we are divinely made, chosen and inspired, so shall we divinely operate in execution of the will of Him who sent us. In compliance to God’s direction, we have reduced this vision, mission, goals setting and implementation in writing, to communicate to others, some that will be called to form a team, mobilize men and resources to getting God’s work done.

Additionally, the blueprint has encompassed what we are going to do; how we are going to do it (action steps); when we are going to do it; with whom we are going to do it; what it is going to cost and how to fund it.

GOD’S VISION, GOD’S GOALS, WITH GOD’S PLAN AND GOD’S PEOPLE

We want to re-emphasize that for every step we take, it must be done through God in prayer and meditation. This vision, goals, plan and the implementation is also of His own people that is “you” and “us” in partnership with others.

OUR CONVENANT: CREDIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

As we have communicated our vision into writing in a documentary form, now in your hands, we have taken a vow with God and an extended covenant with you; that God has enjoined us to be credible and accountable to every money we receive; to use every Kobo with wisdom and integrity. We shall spend wisely and be ethical, honest, forthright in our affairs. That is our vow both to man and to God.

SETTING OUR GOALS AND PRIORITIES

Our goals are set to help fulfill our vision in a clear-cut and objective manner. Our goal is a faith forecast. “If thou canst believe, all things are possible” (Mark 9:23). It is our goal that will translate into reality our vision. We have strived to set out goals that are tangible, communicable, achievable, measurable and definitive.

GIFT OF ADMINISTRATION/LEADERS

In the early church, as manifested in the Acts of Apostles, we saw the gift of Administration and leaders that translated a set goal into action. God chose certain men, gave them ministry that gave birth to great multiplication. When murmuring arose, administrators were appointed. Administration is therefore needed for growth through organizational and fiscal responsibility. This responsibility is founded upon the leaders of Boards, Committees, Ministries, etc.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LEADERSHIP

They must:-

  1. Have personal relationship with Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our faith and the Giver of the vision

  2. Be mobilizers of the vision through workshops, seminars, teaching, continuing education and discipleship

  3. Be promoters of the Great Commission

  4. Be goal setters and effectively operate in families, groups, stations/ parishes etc. within the framework of the vision

  5. Be system providers for assessment, measurement and re-evaluation of strategy

  6. Identify, equip and deploy men and women in the area of their ministries and strength

  7. Remain focused, committed and undaunted in the face of adversities and hardship

  8. Appreciate dedicated and faithful ones; rebuke and correct the deviant and strengthen the weak

  9. Pray and intercede

  10. Exercise the gifts of the spirit

  11. Grow in God’s character

  12. Study the scriptures

  13. Witness to the unbeliever

  14. Fight spiritual warfare

ADJUSTMENT AND CREATION OF MECHANISM AND STRUCTURE FOR VISION IMPLEMENTATION

As at 5th July, 2008, we have an existing mechanism and framework for the implementation of the vision of the Diocese. We have three boards namely, Diocesan Board, Diocesan Education Board and Diocesan Finance Board and nine Committees on the ground which will be re-enacted hereunder. For a purpose –driven mission we have resolved also to adjust the existing mechanism, introduce new ones and develop a formidable, pragmatic and aggressive framework for the implementation of the vision. The following Committees, Ministries and Council will be created for the needed drive to actualize the vision and mission.

BOARDS

Existing Board

  1. Diocesan Board

  2. Diocesan Education Board

  3. Diocesan Finance Board

COMMITTEES

Existing Committees

  1. Diocesan Development Committee

  2. Diocesan Evangelism Committee

  3. Selection and Appointment Committee

  4. Diocesan Action on Aids Committee

  5. Cathedral Building Committee

  6. Retirement Committee

  7. Committee of Reference

  8. Committee on Widowhood

  9. Archbishop Advisory Committee

New Boards

  1. The Synod

  2. Diocesan Board

  3. Laity Council

  4. Diocesan Education Board

  5. Diocesan Finance Board

  6. Diocesan Missionary Board

New Committees

  1. Spiritual and Community Development Committee

  2. Training and Manpower Development Committee

  3. Committee on Agriculture

  4. Medical Committee

  5. Prison Reform/Rehabilitation and Access to Justice Committee

  6. Endowment fund Committee (5years)

  7. Legal, Justice and Peace Committee

  8. Social Welfare Committee

  9. Diocesan Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Committee

  10. Economics/Investment Fund

  11. Diocesan Missionary Committee

  12. Junior Staff Appointment committee

  13. Project Implementation Committee

MINISTRIES

  1. Men’s Ministry

  2. Women’s Ministry

  3. Teaching Ministry

  4. Prayer, Intercession and Deliverance Ministry

  5. Reconciliation Ministry

  6. Youth Ministry

  7. Prison Ministry

  8. Teenage Ministry

  9. Welfare Ministry

  10. Hospital and Visitation Ministry

  11. Media/Literary Ministry

  12. Music Ministry

  13. Specialized Ministries

  14. Sport Ministry

  15. Family Life Ministry

  16. Ushering Ministry (Guild Stewards)

PROGRMME OF ACTION

This will be purpose driven action plan with a specific, definable, measurable, achievable time-bound principle to:

  1. Carry out a survey of the entire need of Diocese to identify areas of peculiarity and their needs.

  2. Survey all existing churches and determine their state and what it will take to raise them to Missionary Archdeaconries and parish status

  3. Carry out a survey of the entire Diocese to determine the exact places where new churches should be planted, nourished and sustained

  4. Mobilize the churches for Diocesan Crusade/Revival once or 2wice a year

  5. Mobilize the churches for Retreat for Diocesan /Archdeaconry committee members

  6. Mobilize the clergy for regular retreat, teachings, conferences, seminars, workshops for their revival

  7. Mobilize the churches through revival meetings and crusades for missions and church planting

  8. Identify, recruit, train, equip and send out full time Evangelists, church teachers and pastors into every unreached places to plant new churches and also develop existing ones to full fledged parishes

  9. Carry out training programme for volunteer / Mission workers and teachers to equip them for the skills in soul winning and discipleship

  10. Create some economic/investment strategies for financial sustainability of the Diocese.

  11. Establish Medical /Social welfare schemes to reach the rural setting

  12. Enact Human Life Protection Association to promote adoption or run orphanages. To reach out in love to pregnant women and help them welcome their unborn children, not reject them by having an abortion

  13. Build new Cathedral

  14. Raise 2,000 people for investment and support for our missions.

  15. establish money yielding ventures

  1. Filling Station

  2. Clinic for a start, then Hospital

  3. Schools, Nursery, Primary, Secondary & Post-Secondary

  4. Sinking of Boreholes/Production of Bottled Water

  5. Standard rentable conference centre/ Guest House

  6. Lock-up Stores

  7. Farms and Plantations

SOURCES OF FUND FOR PROJECT AND VISION IMPLEMENTATION

1. Economic/Investment Fund

  • Profits from investments

  • Laity Council support fund

  • Synod Launching

  • Special Fund Raising Dinners

  • To raise Two thousand (2,000) persons to give out Fifty thousand Naira (N50,000.00) only annually for five years.

  • Raise Two thousand (2,000) missions partners to pay at least Ten thousand naira (N10,000.00) per person per annum for five years.

  • Quarterly offering for missions/church planting.

ACTION SCHEDULE

S/N

ACTIVITY

ACTION PARTY

TIME FRAME

1

Creation, appointment of Board, Council, Committee and Ministry

Bishop

4 Months/ Continuous

2

Carry out survey of the entire need of the Diocese to identify areas of peculiarity and their need

Bishop

Immediate

3

Survey all existing churches and determine their state and what it will take to raise them to Missionary Archdeaconry and Parish status

Mission Board/ Bishop

Immediate and continuous

4

Carry out a survey of the Diocese to determine the exact places where new churches should be planted, nourished and sustained.

Mission Board

4 months and continuous

5

Mobilize the churches for Diocesan Crusade / Revival once or twice a year

Spirituality and Comm. Dev. Cttee

Continuous

6

Mobilize the churches for Retreat for all Committee members at Diocesan and Archdeaconry level

Training and Manpower Dev

Continuous

7

Mobilize the clergy for regular retreat, teachings, conferences, seminars, workshops for their renewal

Bishop / Training and Manpower Dev.

Continuous

8

Mobilize the churches through revival meetings and crusade for missions and church planting

Mission Board/ Spirituality

Immediate / Continuous

9

Identify, recruit, train, equip and send out full time Evangelists, Church Teachers and pastors into every unreached places to plant new churches and also develop existing ones to full fledged parishes.

Mission Board

Immediate/ Continuous

10

Carry out training progrmme for volunteers /Mission Worker and Teachers to equip them for the skills in soul winning and discipleship

Mission Board

Continuous

11

Create some economic/ investment strategies for financial sustainability of the Diocese

Economic / Investment Comm.

Continuous

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