"The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) shall be bible based, spiritually dynamic, United, disciplined, self-supporting, committed to pragmatic evangelism,social welfare and a Church that epitomizes the genuine Love of Christ."
CHRIST CENTERED LEASDERSHIP, PANACEA TO THE NIGERIAN CRISIS –RT REV DR LAMIDO.
CENTERED LEASDERSHIP, PANACEA TO THE NIGERIAN CRISIS –RT REV DR LAMIDO.
(BY FOLUSO TAIWO)
“When God wanted his
people delivered from an oppressive pharaoh he used a leader named Moses, when
he wanted to build the fallen wall of Jerusalem he used Nehemiah.
God used David for
his people to enjoy a golden era, when he wanted to rebuild the temple he used
Solomon, he used Isaiah as a statesman and prophet and when he needed a
fearless church planter he used Paul.”
The Rt. Rev. Dr Ali
Lamido Bishop of Wusasa Diocese Anglican Communion made this observation at the
consecration service of the Rt. Rev Usiwoma Aruakpor as the new Bishop of Oleh
diocese at the St. Stephen’s Cathedral Church Oke- Aluko Ondo in Ondo province
of church of Nigeria Anglican Communion.
He said throughout
history whenever God has need of someone to initiate, organize and carry out an
important project he has to call upon leaders, bishops and shepherds to turn
the vision of all for a deeply functioning church.
The erudite scholar
said that the new Bishop Rt. Rev Usiwoma Aruakpor was consecrated at a time
when there are greater challenges in the wider world, a stage of rewriting and
defining much of what the church has inherited and have held deep for a very
Bishop Lamido said it
is exciting and challenging to be alive and be part of a dynamic process which
determines a significant contribution and God making his word to progress, his
church expand, and the kingdom of God expand. He said God has provided a great
opportunity to make a special contribution to this process to his church and
his word. He asked him to grab this opportunity with both hands because, it is
coming at crucial and critical time in the history of the church, the nation
and change the world through his gospel.
The preacher who took
his text from the book of 1Peter chapter 5 vs 1-4 addressed church leaders to
have Christ Centered leadership and be guided by it for God to coordinate their
ministries, lift high the importance of
worship and inspire the church to reach out spiritually, to be a greatchurch. He said Nigeria needs leaders who are
deeply respected by all, leaders who are committed to making the church built
on God given principles so as to move the church and the nation forward.
The Bishop of Wusasa
Anglican diocese opined that a great personal character is a vital instrument a
leader needs, for great programs, great preaching and services to have an
impact on the people.
According to him, if
the character of the leadership is not above reproach, if the integrity of
leadership is in question and all the qualities of a church leader as recorded
by the book of first second Timothy and Titus are absent then the church will
be a failure.
The Rt. Rev Dr Lamido
said for the hand of God and the blessing to be on the church in the respective
diocese of the communion there must be a degree of holiness, sincerity, devoid
of greed among the Bishops, Archbishops, priests, deacons, lay readers and
workers, they must live like Jesus Christ.
He reminded the new
bishop that purity is one fundamental character added with diligence, sincerity
without pretence, or hypocrisy with humility that can make him maintain balance
and authenticity spiritually.
Pride he said must be
removed and condemned to move the church forward because according to him
nobody is the best only Jesus Christ is the best. He encouraged him to work as
a servant leader.
Bishop Lamido said
above all, leaders must be gifted and shaped by personal life experiences,
trained by the word of God adding that if they cannot walk on water they must
learn how to swim and teach leaders who will succeed them.
retreatant added that at this time the Nigerian nation needs leaders who are
bold, courageous, who can confront problems and not run away from crisis. He
said what Christians are facing in Northern Nigeria is not a new thing at all
for it has happened in church history and probably worse than what is happening
now, hence he said believers in Christ and bishops must be courageous and
confront the problem in love, sacrifice and submit to lead people of God from
here to eternity with the holy Spirit as power and Jesus Christ as the model. The
consecration service which attracted Bishops, Archbishops, the clergy and
people from all walks of life was celebrated by the primate of all Nigeria
Anglican communion the Most Rev Nicholas D Okoh.
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