Bishop of the Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev Geoffrey Okorafor has counseled newly elected Church Committee members to see their election as a call to serve. They are also advised to see their new position as carrying enormous responsibilities which call for much dedication and commitment.
Bishop Okorafor, who gave the charge at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Egbu, while inducting the Church Committees of Egbu, Emii, Naze, Awaka and Obiangwu archdeaconries, noted that it was a privilege that they were chosen by their various churches.
He urged them to be always cautious of their responsibilities to the Church congregation entrusted to them, stressing that as members of the Church Committees they were to nurture and nourish the flock of God under their care.
The Bishop also urged the over 300 inductees to be good representatives of the Churches, maintaining a most cordial relationship with the Priests and Church workers in their midst.
He said they were expected to be modest whenever they have cause to point out any wrong doing in the running of the Church, warning, however posterity would not forgive them if under their tenure as Church Committee members, the Church crumbles as a result of the mismanagement of its resources.
He also advised them not to over look their positions as agents of evangelism, that would ensure that many souls wondering in their various areas were brought to the knowledge of the gospel message.
The Anglican Prelate had earlier inducted over 450 people as Church Committee members of the old Okpala archdeaconry, consisting of Okpala, Ngor,Amala/ Ntu and Nguru archdeaconries, while the induction train moves over to archdeaconries in the old Ihiagwa archdeaconry.
Highlight of the induction exercise included the oath of allegiance to God against same sex marriage, homosexuality and lesbianism.
Meanwhile Bishop Okorafor has poured encomium on the immediate past Diocesan accountant, Sir Ephraim Opara, for his dedication and commitment in his over 59years of service in God’s vineyard. Bishop Okorafor, who spoke at a reception in honour of the retiring Diocesan Accountant, was full of gratitude to God for the sift of Sir Opara to this generation, stressing that he has indeed finished the race and fought a good fight. High points of the event were the testimonies from both the clergy and the laity.
Responding , Sir Opara said he was overwhelmed with joy for the reception, pointing out that God has been faithful and kind to him, especially for the good health he has enjoyed all through his working career.