The Guardian (Nigeria)

Orlu Anglican Diocese Opens Training Centre For Clergy Wives, Others

- By Mccollins Nwaigbo ( The Rev. Mccollins Nwaigbo, OSP, is the Informatio­n Unit Officer of the Diocese of Orlu).

T HEAnglican Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Imo State, His Lordship, The Rt. Rev. Benjamin Chukwunedu­m Okeke, has inaugurate­d a special institute for training of the wives of the clergy and laity. The Institute, named, Orlu Diocesan Women Training Centre ( Ama Nwanyi), was the vision of the Bishop’s wife, Nneobioma Uloma Okeke.

Okeke said the institutio­n is a platform to train young women, especially Church workers’ wives.

In her words, “This institute has been designed to inculcate tenets of managerial principles with appropriat­e spiritual standards to enable them to succeed in their calling as clergy wives. Church work is a platform that requires some knowledge of rubrics and liturgical expertise.”

She said her over 20 years’ experience as clergy’s wife had accorded her a vast experience in the women and church ministry, which together with the input of other experience­d senior clergy’s wives, will be brought to bear on the younger clergy and laity’s wives.

“The world is evolving daily and without dynamism combined with relevant experience in a time like this, failure in ministeria­l work would be inevitable,” she said.

She advised all the already admitted Church Ministers’ Wives to be serious in learning and practising all that they will be taught in the six months training course, failure of which will be quite appalling. Going extra mile in the service of the Church of God will be determined by the level of seriousnes­s and commitment to learning.

The Bishop’s wife recommende­d the institute to the

Church of Nigeria ( Anglican Communion), stating that Church work requires virtues of integrity and valuable dynamism, which ought to be deliberate­ly inculcated, and without which, one would fail in her services to God.

According to her, “When you are not properly informed, you might become properly deformed,” and it is a signal to the whole Church to embrace the idea of this institute to ensure that all clergy/ laity’s wives become acquainted with the required knowledge to help their husbands in the smooth running of their ministries.

Nneobioma thanked the Bishop of Orlu Diocese for his doggedness in ensuring that the institute was inaugurate­d.

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