Grace and peace of the Almighty be upon you in the precious name of Christ our Lord and Savior.
We write to invite Ministers, Teachers and Church Leaders in your congregation to the College’s 21st Annual Preachers and Church Leaders’ Workshop starting Tuesday 28th April till Friday 1st of May 2020
The theme of this year’s workshop is “The Church in Times like This: Responding Appropriately to Contemporary Challenges of Ministry” This theme explores holistic concept of ministry and how it relates to everyday life and eternity
The word ministry comes from the Greek word “Diakoneo” meaning “to serve as a slave”. In the New Testament, ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in Christ’s name. Jesus Christ has provided the pattern for Christian ministry in Mark 10:45 “For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many”.
Ministry challenges are real and ubiquitous in the sense that it is everywhere at the same time with varied degree. Of a truth, every form of Christian ministry is challenging. The call to ministry is an on-going one and usually, God is the initiator. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews recognized this long ago and therefore says: “no one takes the honour upon himself, he must be called just as Aaron was,” (Heb. 5:4). Impliedly, it is God that recruits people into the ministry. Few examples here may suffice: (Abraham, Genesis 12:1-6, Moses, Exodus 3:1-4, Isaiah, Isaiah 6:1-8, Jeremiah, Jeremiah 1:4-10, Amos, Amos 7:12-16, the disciples of Jesus, Matthew 10:1-4; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11 and Paul, Acts 9:1-9), among others.
However, the call to ministry is not a bed of roses, as sometimes there are bound to be some challenges, temptations and trials, but one is not to be discouraged. Our attitude therefore to challenges when they come in ministry is very essential.
This year’s workshop is put together to look at some of these challenges and proffer solution on how to overcome them.
It is hoped that participants at the workshop find fresh hope and discover new tools to be proactive rather than been reactive in resolving contemporary challenges of ministry.
Distinguished resource persons within the brotherhood have graciously accepted to anchor discussions at the Workshop.
Accommodation: The College offers hostel accommodation for both male and female participants. Participants interested in hotel accommodation may consult the College to help book hotel reservations at their expense.
Feeding and Transport: Congregations will be responsible for the feeding and transportation of their members/participants.
We look forward to receiving you on WNCC Campus in Jesus Name.
Yours in Christ’s Service,
Ag. Dean Alumni & Church Relations
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