CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
DIOCESE OF NSUKKA
RESOLUTIONS AT THE END OF THE 13TH ANNUAL DIOCESAN CHRISTIAN MENS FELLOWSHIP (CMF) CONFERENCE
25th June, 2017
The 13th Annual Diocesan CMF conference was held at St. Phillips Church, Ozalla, Ozalla Archdeaconry from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June 2017 with the theme “You are my witnesses Acts 1:8 The conference commenced with an opening devotion attended by the President of the Christian Mens Fellowship & Bishop of the Diocese, Rt Rev A.E Agbo (JP) and the wife, Mrs. Ifeoma Agbo (JP), the Bishop emeritus and founder of CFF (now CMF), Rt Rev Dr Jonas C Ilonuba, the conference Guest Speaker and Bishop emeritus of Isiukwuato Umunochi Diocese, Rt. Rev Samuel C.A Chukwuka (JP), the Chairman of CMF, Sir Robert U Agbo (JP), the Clergy, delegates, as well as Diocesan officials.
The conferees, led by the Diocesan Bishop, The Rt. Rev. A.E Agbo, later paid a courtesy visit to the palace of the traditional ruler of Ndi Ozalla Uwani, HRH Igwe Ezeja Obodouzu Akubue, Ekwulora 111 and were well received.
The conference attended by 118 clergy and 108 laity, witnessed exposition on the theme of the conference, discussions, presentation and launching of the presidential address, development fund, and bible study.
The conference at the end of the proceedings issued the following resolutions.
CMF 2017 PRAYER CONVOCATION
The conference noted with gratitude to God, the success and great spiritual reawakening of the 2017 edition of the annual CMF prayer convocation which held at the Potters House, St Pauls Cathedral, Nsukka and was well attended. The theme of the 2017 convocation, which was also the Diocesan theme, The return of the Ark 1 Chro. 13:1-4, guided the teachings and ministration.
The conference received with delight, reports concerning the CMF projects such as:
That the Fellowship has awarded a contract for the construction of the steel roof (canopy) of the Benedictus Petroleum Ltd at a cost of four million, five hundred thousand naira. This is in addition to the mini mart, landscaping work and construction of concrete basement for the canopy earlier done at a cost of nearly two million naira.
That the CMF Anglican Church Ojor in Uzo Uwani LGA has reached the roofing stage. The men plan to continue evangelism in Ojor community through crusades and outreaches.
The conference commended the chairman of CMF, Sir Robert U Agbo (JP) for his gifted, articulate, meticulous and godly leadership. This has resulted in the continuous and geometric growth of the association. The Conference therefore charged all clergy men especially the Vicars and Archdeacons to ensure that they give the right leadership and to set up Parish and Archdeaconry CMF Executive Committees consisting of credible men.
SONSHIP MANIFESTATION YOUTH CONFERENCE (SOMAYCO)
The conference noted the success of the Sonship Manifestation Youth Conference (SOMAYCO) held in April 2017 and the wholehearted support of the men of the Diocese through food donations. The men resolved to continue to support the youth conference.
DEDICATION OF CATHEDRAL
The conference was officially informed that the Cathedral would be dedicated on Saturday, 2nd December 2017 by His Grace, Most Rev. Nicholas D Okoh, the Primate of Church of Nigeria. The men resolved to make more generous contributions to this divine project to ensure the completion of work before the dedication date.
The conference notes the following concerning the theme You are my witnesses (Act 1:8)).
The fact was stressed that it is only the Lord Jesus that empowers a person to become a child of God. To receive this power, one has to believe and receive the Lord Jesus in repentance and faith (John 1:12-13)..
After empowerment, one becomes a child of God (born again). It is only after this empowerment of the Holy Spirit that one is rightly equipped to witness Christ.
Witnessing is not a duty for the ordained only. The laity should witness in line with our belief in the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:5,9-10).
The laity are well placed to evangelize as they come in contact with unbelievers through the lanes of life viz, markets, hospitals, offices, etc, and are fluent in their languages
NEED FOR WITNESING
The conference identified five main reasons why a Christian believer should witness as below:
It is a command from God (Matthew 28:19,20).
Many die daily without knowing about Christ while some think their good deeds would save them.
Unsaved members end up in hell fire where the worm dies not and the fire is not quenched.
God is disappointed that many are lost (Mt 9:36-38) and seek intercessors (Ezek 22:30).
There is reward in witnessing (Jn 4:35).
DIOCESAN TRAINING ON EVANGELISM
The conference agreed that for men to imbibe an understanding of the meaning and practical steps in evangelism and Church planting, a two-day workshop would be necessary sometime in 2018. The guest speaker has been designated as the resource person.
CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
The conference notes the following concerning the Christian family:
Christian fathers should jealously guard the Anglican heritage and values in regards to marriages especially regarding the choice of partners for our children and wards.
God is interested in the offspring of our marital unions to ensure that they are godly (Mal. 2:15).
Christian fathers as witnesses should begin in their homes through sound bible based counsels and exemplary lifestyles.
Christian fathers should occupy their God-given position of leadership in the family and through prayers and the word of God; inculcate discipline and morality into their children (Jer.35).
Rt. Rev. Aloysius Eze Agbo Sir Robert Agbo Rev. Can Prof. Ikem. C. Okoye
Diocesan Bishop & President, Chairman, CMF Chairman, Resolutions Cttee