WNCC’s Workshop and Graduation

WNCC Preachers’ Workshop
West Nigeria Christian College’s Annual Preachers and Church Leaders’ Workshop was held on May 18 – 21, 2010. This year’s event marks the beginning of the second decade of the workshop since the inception of the College in 1999. According to Biodun Owolabi, the Director of Studies of the College, “This annual forum affords preachers and church leaders the opportunity to review or reappraise the practice of their faith to make sure that it conforms to biblical standards. It is also meant to reinvigorate, strengthen and recharge them spiritually for the arduous task of congregational ministry and Christian leadership.”

The Theme of the Workshop was Biblical Hermeneutics: Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth. This theme, Owolabi says, is informed by the need “to avail preachers and church leaders with techniques of biblical interpretation in view of errors and fallacies that often characterize such exercise and the danger this portends for the spiritual health of the body of Christ.” Leaders of God’s people, he insists, “must be equipped with resources which could help them in negotiating the web of challenges and conflicts in the task of rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Bro. Roger E. Kondrup, Minister, Salisbury Church of Christ, Maryland, USA, was the resource person for the workshop. In four days and six sessions, Bro. Kondrup did justice to this theme addressing topics like: definition of hermeneutics, common figures of speech, components of biblical exegesis, methods of biblical exegesis, how the world chooses to misread the Bible, the interpretative process, contemporary issues in hermeneutics, amongst other interesting topics. Over 100 preachers and church leaders across congregations in south-west and south-south of Nigeria attended this year’s workshop.

For the first time in the history of the workshop, WNCC introduced the Elders’ forum as part of this year’s event. The Elders forum, Owolabi explains, was introduced “to provide an atmosphere for serving elders to compare notes and share wisdom and insights to further equip them in the onerous task of shepherding the flock of God.”

The elders’ forum seeks to enrich, re-kit and equip our elders to navigate murky waters of congregational administration amidst daily challenges that often characterize their work. The need for this forum cannot also be overemphasized in the light of challenges confronting scripturally organized congregations, hence the necessity to perfect the art of eldership in the local church to make the model infectious as well as attractive to unorganized congregations.

WNCC 10th Graduation Ceremony
The College’s 10th graduation ceremony took place on Saturday, May 22, 2010. Fifteen students received diploma in biblical studies and six received the advanced diploma in Christian ministry. Prizes in different categories to the tune of over #150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) were also given out to deserving grandaunts. The occasion was well-attended by brethren, families of the grandaunts, friends and stakeholders of the College.

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