Bishop Okorafor tasks clergymen

Ministers of the church have ended a one-day conference in Owerri, where the Bishop of Egbu Anglican Diocese, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, urged them to take seriously God’s work which has been committed into their care.
Declaring open the conference at St. John’s Church, Naze in Owerri North LGA, Imo State, the bishop told them to obey God’s call which he said was a command and not an appeal.
He noted that in every call, there is a caller, the called and the call, adding that the theme of the conference organized by the Directorate of Mission and Evangelism of the Diocese is based on that.
He pointed out the need to identify the call, whether in the ordained ministry or not and charged participants to practise what they learned from the conference.
The lead speaker, Ven (Prof) Pic Onwochei of the University of Jos and Vicar of St. Luke’s Cathedral, Jos, decried the non-chalant attitude of some Christians who claim to have answered God’s call, urging them to encounter Christ.
According to him, no revolution is needed to turn around the fortunes of the nation except that every Christian should live uprightly.
In the paper he entitled “Synergy between the pastoral ministry and the lay”, Ven Onwochei observed that Igboland was very religious but lacked debt in Christ-like living.
The cleric noted with regret that the Clergy, in connivance with the Laity, were deviating from the norms of the Church and corrupting the Church by introducing what he described as obnoxious practices now prevalent in the Church.
Another guest Speaker, Evangelist Daniel Chioke of the CAPRO Ministry, in his paper entitled the 21st Century Church and the Mission, “pointed out that man was on earth to get the gospel across and to win souls for Christ.
Evangelist Chioke stressed that their being on earth was simply to do God’s bidding, being  heirs to Him.  He said they should be capable of drawing souls to God, ensuring that those yet to be reached by the gospel message were touched and messaged claimed amongst them.
The career missionary noted that the call to spread the gospel was a privilege the angels did not have and challenged the Diocese of Egbu to champion the spreading of the gospel afresh, as God has from the time they translated the Bible into Igbo language, given them the mandate to spread the salvation message.
While noting that there were many more grounds to be covered by the Church, he urged the youths to take leadership in the spreading of the gospel adding, it was only then would they be able to take over the realm of leadership in the nation.  Like the biblical Apostle Paul the 21st Century Church should be wise and committed to preaching the gospel, so much so to say that to live was for the proclamation of the gospel and to die was gain.

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