Rise Up, O Men Of God

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - IBRU CENTRE - By Etim Ekong

Tin the Church have a gen­eral duty, and that is why the men are al­ways ad­vised to join and be part and par­cel of ac­tiv­i­ties of the Men’s fel­low­ship of their Churches. Aside play­ing their fa­therly role as lead­ers, men are al­ways ex­pected to show among oth­ers, lead­er­ship by ex­am­ple, role mod­els, as well as project the Church as a car­ing com­mu­nity.

At the Methodist Cathe­dral, of the Dio­cese of D/line, Port Har­court, the men are ex­cep­tion­ally charged with th­ese re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, and in their dif­fer­ent groups, they stress the need to ac­com­mo­date, as well as ex­hibit hu­mil­ity in ser­vice, as wor­thy ser­vants of God. The Men fel­low­ship in their hymn MHB 585 ‘Arise o men of God’ in no small mea­sure have chal­lenged the men to al­ways rise to their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in the Church, at home and in the so­ci­ety. When the men re-echo their slo­gan ‘We will serve the Lord,’ they seem to ad­mit that God help­ing them, they will do their best to in­cul­cate the spirit of one­ness in

Christ in fam­i­lies, the Church as one body com­pet­ing se­ri­ously on what is Christ­like, and by so do­ing, set the pace for greater things as Chris­tians.

The Men’s Fel­low­ship in their dif­fer­ent groups have al­ways been on duty, pray­ing fer­vently for the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion of the coun­try, tak­ing care of the wel­fare of oth­ers in the Church and out­side the Church. They or­gan­ise re­treats, sem­i­nars and work- shop for train­ing and re­train­ing of man­power for lead­er­ship, skills and the evan­ge­lism of the gospel. In their dif­fer­ent groups, they com­pete for ev­ery valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sar­ily needed for the growth of the Fel­low­ship.

In Group Eight of the Fel­low­ship, there has been a call for men to rise up and raise those who will take over from them. “This was the way St. Paul and the other Apos­tles laboured. They pi­o­neered Churches but did not leave un­til they have raised and or­dained faith­ful men who will be able to teach oth­ers also.” The men, ir­re­spec­tive of Church de­nom­i­na­tion, are there­fore ad­mon­ished to learn from Paul. It was Paul who raised Tim­o­thy and com­mis­sioned him to do the same (Acts 16:14; 2 Tim­o­thy 2:2). Men should also learn from Christ Who is the Au­thor and Fin­isher of our faith. “Christ, at the on­set of His Min­istry, called men to be with Him that He might make them fish­ers of men and com­mis­sioned them to do the same (Matt. 4:19-22, 28:19-20; John 17:18; 20:21). In their fel­low­ship meet­ing, the men dis­cov­ered that men­tor­ship was a pre-req­ui­site for pro­duc­ing fu­ture lead­ers. They, there­fore, call on fam­i­lies, Churches and the so­ci­ety to men­tor the young ones for bet­ter lead­er­ship in the fu­ture. Not­ing that Nige­ria is fac­ing in­sta­bil­ity, in­se­cu­rity and eco­nomic crunch due to poor lead­er­ship, the fel­low­ship called on the men to:

• Search for op­por­tu­ni­ties to do things bet­ter. • Ex­per­i­ment and take sen­si­ble risks to im­prove the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

A cross sec­tion of Group Eight mem­bers shortly af­ter their meet­ing.

Ekong

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