SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2011
BISHOPS’ TRAINING SCHOOL HOLDS AT IBRU CENTRE
REV. CANON GABRIEL KPAGBAN
THE Bishops’ Training School (Batch ‘B’) of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), comprising 19 bishops and their wives was held at the Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State on October 17-29.
The two-week event was presided by Rt. Rev. Ken Okeke and his wife, Ngozi Okeke, an experienced missionary, was the chairman of the Church of Nigeria Missionary Society (CNMS) for several years.
The Bishop said the aim of the school is to train and equip new bishops so that they would gain confidence in leading God’s people in their dioceses.
The curriculum of the school included personality and skills audit, seminar on Millennium Development Goals, Canon Law/Constitution/Pastoral Formation, Information & Communications Technology, Pastoral Care, Seminar on Ministry Issues, Global Anglican Relations, Seminar on Self-Reliance, Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Goal Setting and Evaluation.
Resource persons at the training were Rt. Rev. Tunde Popoola (Bishop of the Diocese of Offa), Rt. Rev. Bright Ogu (Retired Bishop of the Diocese of Mbaise), Rt. Rev. James Oladunjoye (Bishop of the Diocese of Owo), Rt. Rev. David Onuoha (Bishop of Diocese of Okigwe South), Very Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Ekpunobi (Provost, Diocese on the Niger) and Sir. Afam Anene (Director, National Orientation Agency, Abuja).
In a Communion Service at St. Peter’s Chapel in the Centre, Bishop Anthony Nkwoka of Niger West called on worshippers to have faith in God and help others. Quoting from Heb. 11:1-2, he said the Church should focus on active faith and love that would lead us to heaven.
Those who assisted in the service, which was presided by Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Chukwunyenye, were Bishop Kwashi of Zonkwa Diocese; Rector of the Centre, Ven. Ernest Onuoha, and the Chaplain, Rev. Canon Gabriel A. Kpagban.
Bishops and their wives also found time to pray for the leadership of the nation and for the Church to grow.
It is expected that the training will make the bishops and their wives more focused, effective, experienced and sensitive to the calling of God.