The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Bishop Henry Ndukuba, tasked members of the Evangelical Fellowship of the Anglican Church (EFAC) to devote themselves to their desire to win souls, claiming that the harvest of souls is still abundant and the mission requires more manpower.
Ndukuba, who addressed priests and their wives at the opening of the EFAC 2021 Convention at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, spoke on the topic “Empowered to Demonstrate”. He said that the soul of the Church is evangelism and prayed that after this year’s convention those present would be empowered, like the apostles, to come out for evangelism.
Tracing the origin of EFAC, as a body of priests and their wives, Ndukuba said: There were challenges from the church authorities then, but all that has changed. Nothing should distract us from the big commission. We must also involve young people in evangelism. We 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 volunteered for missionary work. When they are trained and released to work, they will certainly bring about a change in missionary work. We should involve our young people in missionary work.
He revealed that the Church of Nigeria is building the Anglican University of Technology in Kwaita, Abuja as a National Church University. He said the church would launch a campaign against drug abuse through the Anglican Compassionate and Development Initiative (ADADI), an organization that has been registered by the Church of Nigeria.
He explained that the Church Missionary Society of Nigeria (CNMS) is being repositioned to function fully as the missionary arm of the Church of Nigeria, and that it will be integrated into both an agency mission and to an institution.
âOur desire is that the Church of Nigeria intentionally arouse the Universal Church in world mission and lead the preparation for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first phase of the Bishop Ajayi Crowther Memorial Center, in Osoogun, Oyo State, has been completed and inaugurated. The Center is our national institute of formation for the mission of the Church â, he declared.
Previously, the Primate had commended Ajayi Crowther University for the giant steps it was taking and prayed that God would strengthen and direct the leadership of the institution to bring it to higher heights.
Ajayi Crowther University Vice-Chancellor Prof. 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 brought up as pious intellectuals.
In his address, EFAC National President Rt. Reverend (Dr.) Samuel Ezeofor thanked the university for hosting the event and prayed that God would help the institution soar.