By Tony Nwankwo
IT was all testimonies at the Lagos Presbyterian Church, Yaba, Sunday, August 20, as the church rounded off activities for its Men’s Christian Association (MCA) 2017 biennial conference, hosted by the Synod of the West at the Kings College Main Campus, Lagos, with the theme: “Building Men For the Unstoppable Church”.
In an address at the conference, the Prelate and Moderator of the General Assembly, Most Rev. Nzie N. Eke, said fatherhood was an incredible privilege for which the people should be grateful to God. “God is the Father from which human fatherhood is directly derived. Our fatherhood is the shadow, His is the substance. Fatherhood is a calling far more important than any vocation.
“Every family is unique. It takes effort, time and sacrifice to build men for the unstoppable Church—men with character who desire to live on mission”, he stressed
According to the Prelate, the church builds men because of the unique nature of the role they play in the church, adding: “Men serve, shepherd, pray, evangelise, give generously. Men know their workers, their hurts, pressures, frustrations and joys. When men develop to fulfil these tasks, it brings great joy to the church”, Eke assured.
Speaking on the men of today, the co-ordinator, Rev. Sunday Agara, said men were warned in the Bible not to act as women or dress as women, observing that children of unmarried mothers were far more likely to live in poverty than children of married parents because such children experience more family instabi-lity.
He maintained that the essense of the event was to challenge the men to make themselves availa-ble to God who had promised to build His unhindered and unstoppable Church.
In his own address, the Central Working Committee Chairman-in-sitting, Mr. Joseph Asanga said: “Today, our families, church-es and the wider environment are riddled and perverted by leader-ship crisis and all manner of evil and violence. We see unnecessary rivalry for leadership positions and offices, mismanagement, competition and struggle for earthly recognitions.”