ANGLICAN SENIOR CLERGY TRAINING AT IBRU CENTRE

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2012

ANGLICAN SENIOR CLERGY TRAINING AT IBRU CENTRE

BY

REV. CANON GABRIEL KPAGBAN

THE Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) last week kicked off a training programme for senior clergy at the Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.

The Primate, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, was represented by the Archbishop of Bendel Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Dr. Friday Imaekhai.  In a welcome address, the Archbishop stressed the need for retraining among senior clergy to meet contemporary challenges.

He also stressed need for the clergy to be updated in order to solve problems of human relations. He urged participants to return to their dioceses and train others accordingly.

Chairman of the Planning Committee, Rt. Rev. Dr. S. O. Sowale (Bishop of Ilesha Diocese) said the retreat is unique because it is the first of its kind, adding that it would help participants to rub minds together and generate ideas that could move the church forward.

He said the retreat, themed: ‘Advance Management Course: Anglican Pastoral Ministry in the 21st Century’ aims at preparing participants for the church of tomorrow. Lecturers at the retreat include Most Rev. Ikechi N. Nwosu; Rt. Rev. Dr. S. O. Sowale; Rt. Rev. Christian Ide; Rt. Rev. D. K. Bello; Rt. Rev. Dr. A. O. Akinlalu; Ven. Ernest Onuoha; Ven. Prof. Tim Gyuse, and Rev. Canon Akinlade.  The management course is expected to end on Saturday 28, 2012.

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