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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 93RD GENERAL CHURCH COUNCIL

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Announcements, General, Uncategorized | 0 comments

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF  THE 93RD GENERAL CHURCH COUNCIL

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 93RD GENERAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN NATIONS HELD AT THE COCIN HEADQUARTERS CHURCH, JOS, PLATEAU STATE FROM 13TH -17TH NOVEMBER, 2017   PREAMBLE John 5:17-18 Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” NIV John 9:4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. NIV Eph 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. NIV   At the end of its session, the General Church Council: Appreciates God for the progress so far we have attained as a Church in our foreign Missions. We are now in 11 Countries from 5, with the addition of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Burkina Faso and Cameroon. Appreciates God for the gentle but steady progress we are making at Karl Kumm University project. Appreciates our former Missionaries for the visit to the Church from September to October in company of Mark Scott, the Director, Pioneer UK and Europe and the heartwarming letter from Eric Peters the International Director of Pioneers. We also welcome to this 93rd GCC Rev. & Mrs Alan Chilver and Dr. & Dr. (Mrs) Peter Young. Appreciates God for the successful workshop organized for our Pastors on the use of the African Study Bible, as our Pastors were blessed and equipped for more effective ministry. Reiterates the need for her members to participate in the Voter’s and National Identification Card registration. Calls on all her Church Congregations to paste in the Church auditoriums the Vision and Mission statements of the Church to serve as a reminder to her members. Adopts “Attaining the Righteousness of God’’ (Philippians 3:9) as the theme for the year 2018. Adopts 4 top goals for the year 2018, which are Attaining the Righteousness of God, Prayer & Revival, Discipleship, Mission and Evangelism. Calls on her Pastors at all levels to re-strategize on how to continue pursuing the discipleship mandate. Calls on the Government of Plateau State, particularly the State Assembly to align with Taraba and Benue States, by enacting the “no open grazing law” in Plateau State. As communities are being constantly attacked by Fulani herdsmen grazing into farmlands. Calls on the Plateau State government to put in place facilities that will resettle the internally displaced people back to their ancestral communities and farmlands. Condemns in strong terms the incessant attack on communities in Plateau State particularly, Miango, Riyom and Wereh, despite the presence of the security personnel. Condemns the constant kidnapping of her Pastors and members in recent times. We demand for their immediate and unconditional release. Condemns the mass illegal migration of unknown persons into the country. Calls on the Federal Government to curb the said illegal migration. Calls on the National Assembly to compile the list of all organizations which Nigeria belongs to and all the treaties signed with the view to dropping all the religious ones. Calls on the Federal government to intensify efforts in addressing the issue of decaying infrastructures such as roads, electricity and health institutions. Calls on State Governments across Nigeria to clear the...

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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME SPEECH AND REPORT DELIVERED AT THE 93RD GENERAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Announcements, General, Uncategorized | 0 comments

PRESIDENT’S WELCOME SPEECH AND REPORT DELIVERED AT THE 93RD GENERAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH

PRESIDENT’S WELCOME SPEECH AND REPORT DELIVERED AT THE 93RD GENERAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN NATIONS HOLDING AT THE COCIN HEADQUARTERS FROM 13TH TO 17TH NOV., 2017 PREAMBLE John 5:17-18 Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”                                                                                                                                                                                                      NIV John 9:4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. NIV Eph 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. NIV   GREETINGS AND WELCOME The Vice President, Rev. Dr. Obed Dashan, the General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Amos Mohzo, the Deputy General Secretary, Rev. Dauda Digga Jimra, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and members; EC members, Delegates, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, His Majesty, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, Former Presidents, Former Missionaries, Other Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, the Security, Beloved in the Lord, I greet you all in Jesus Name. Welcome to the 93rd General Church Council of the Church of Christ in Nations in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Welcome to the second GCC in our year of Seeking First God’s Kingdom in the Name of our blessed Redeemer who desires that we seek first His Kingdom. It is my prayer that in this GCC, we will prioritize and seek to do the work of the Kingdom to advance it. To advance the Kingdom of God, we all have a part to play, a special assignment to accomplish, both individually and collectively. Since our last meeting in May, some of our beloved have gone to be with the Lord from our RCCs. Of special mention is the passing on to glory of two of our veteran leaders and parents in the Lord Da Dr. Bitrus Pam our first indigenous General Secretary and Rtd. Rev, Luther Chishak the second indigenous President. May the Lord continue to comfort His church! Let us stand to observe a minute silence in honour of these great lives that were lived to the glory of God and the souls of all the departed brethren.   VISION AND MISSION OF COCIN We here state again our vision and mission, as we usually do every GCC meeting and by way of reminder: a) Vision COCIN envisions a church in which the leadership and membership are maturing in Christ by obeying the word of God, living holy lives, united and committed to worshipping God and spreading the wholistic gospel, thereby impacting the world as salt and light of her time to the glory of God, till the return of Jesus Christ b) Mission Statement To glorify God and not any person or material; to edify and equip believers to preach the good news of wholistic salvation in Jesus Christ to unbelievers; thus COCIN shall continue to administer the sacraments and be self-propagating, self-supporting, and self-governing. Beloved, God has given us a glorious vision, and a strategic and purposeful mission statement. It is therefore very unfortunate that quite a number of our Pastors give very little or no attention to it. This Council...

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Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in General, Homepage Slider | 0 comments

PRESIDENT’S WELCOME SPEECH AND REPORT DELIVERED AT THE 93RD GENERAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN NATIONS HOLDING AT THE COCIN HEADQUARTERS FROM 13TH TO 17TH NOV., 2017   PREAMBLE John 5:17-18 Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”                                                                                                                                                                                                       NIV John 9:4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. NIV Eph 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. NIV   GREETINGS AND WELCOME The Vice President, Rev. Dr. Obed Dashan, the General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Amos Mohzo, the Deputy General Secretary, Rev. Dauda Digga Jimra, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and members; EC members, Delegates, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, His Majesty, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, Former Presidents, Former Missionaries, Other Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, the Security, Beloved in the Lord, I greet you all in Jesus Name. Welcome to the 93rd General Church Council of the Church of Christ in Nations in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Welcome to the second GCC in our year of Seeking First God’s Kingdom in the Name of our blessed Redeemer who desires that we seek first His Kingdom. It is my prayer that in this GCC, we will prioritize and seek to do the work of the Kingdom to advance it. To advance the Kingdom of God, we all have a part to play, a special assignment to accomplish, both individually and collectively. Since our last meeting in May, some of our beloved have gone to be with the Lord from our RCCs. Of special mention is the passing on to glory of two of our veteran leaders and parents in the Lord Da Dr. Bitrus Pam our first indigenous General Secretary and Rtd. Rev, Luther Chishak the second indigenous President. May the Lord continue to comfort His church! Let us stand to observe a minute silence in honour of these great lives that were lived to the glory of God and the souls of all the departed brethren. VISION AND MISSION OF COCIN We here state again our vision and mission, as we usually do every GCC meeting and by way of reminder: a) Vision COCIN envisions a church in which the leadership and membership are maturing in Christ by obeying the word of God, living holy lives, united and committed to worshipping God and spreading the wholistic gospel, thereby impacting the world as salt and light of her time to the glory of God, till the return of Jesus Christ b) Mission Statement To glorify God and not any person or material; to edify and equip believers to preach the good news of wholistic salvation in Jesus Christ to unbelievers; thus COCIN shall continue to administer the sacraments and be self-propagating, self-supporting, and self-governing. Beloved, God has given us a glorious vision, and a strategic and purposeful mission statement. It is therefore very unfortunate that quite a number of our Pastors give very little or no attention to it. This Council...

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Pastors’ Wives Urged to Support Husbands Ministry

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Announcements, General, Homepage Slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pastors’ Wives Urged to Support Husbands Ministry

Report by Timothy Alamba COCIN Pastors’ wives have been charged to help their husbands fulfill the call of God in their lives without any deviation or distraction from the world. The COCIN President, Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri gave the charge recently while declaring open the 2017 COCIN Clergy Wives Conference with the theme: ‘Seeking God’s Kingdom with emphasis on Relationship and Unity’ which was held in Gindiri Ulster Church. “When clergy wives get it right the Church also will get it right. You are the strength of your husbands and you have the power to make your husbands what God want them to be. In the Church today if women do their work well, we will get Pastors who will be dedicated to their calling. If all of you will receive this teaching and go back home to work with it, the church will grow in every area” Rev. Datiri told the Women. The guest preacher at the conference Rev. Dr. Benjamin Pokol who took his text from Matthew 5-7 called on the women to do away with tribalism, sectionalism, division that are threatening to tear the church apart as we are all branches of the same tree. He decried the situation in the church today where competition has replaced collaboration and conflict has replaced cooperation. According to him the theme of the conference is a call for deconstructing the old nature and reconstructing the new and spiritual nature by the help of the Holy Spirit of God who lives in our hearts. This is because any heart that is not being worked on by God cannot relate well nor can it truly unite well with others. Earlier in her welcome address the wife of the COCIN President, Ngo Na’omi Datiri charged the Pastors wives to keep faith with God despite all the challenges confronting them on a daily basis and discouraged them from joining committee of friends in their Churches as they belong to all women. She also advised them to learn some skills to support their families and the church. The COCIN President also led some leaders of the clergy wives and other church leaders on a courtesy call to the Palace of the Sum Pyem, Da Charles Mato Dakat to thank him for his support to the Church in so many ways. The Sum Pyem who counted it a privilege to host the Church leaders in his Palace assured them of more support from his chiefdom but however solicited for their cooperation in achieving peace, security and more development within the Mission Compound and the entire chiefdom. Other papers presented at the conference include: ‘Pastor’s Wife and Mentoring’ by Mrs. Justina K Damap, ‘Pastor’s Wife and Stress Management’ by Rev. John Audu, ‘Pastor’s Wife and Health Management with Emphasis on Hepatitis and Cancer of all kinds’ by the COCIN Director of Health, Dr. Nantok Dami and ‘Pastor’s Wife and Planning ahead of Retirement/Entrepreneurship’ by Mrs. Lami Dakwak. There were goodwill messages from the CWF Coordinator, Mrs. Godey Terry Nuhu, Wives of past leaders represented by Mrs. Alexander Lar, Mwaghavul Micro Finance Bank and others. The 2017 clergy wives conference had in attendance 1,321 women and the conference was rounded up with a Holy Communion...

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COCIN PRESIDENT CONDOLES THE SENIOR PASTOR HEADQUARTERS CHURCH JOS

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Announcements, General | 0 comments

COCIN PRESIDENT CONDOLES THE SENIOR PASTOR HEADQUARTERS CHURCH JOS

The COCIN President Rev Dr. Dachollom Datiri today led other leaders of the Church to the house of the Senior Pastor COCIN Headquarters church, Rev Yakubu John Sagai to condole him and the family over the demise of his father who passed on early Monday morning August 7, 2017 after a lingering illness. According to Rev Datiri “we can’t say we lost Baba because we know where he is, even though we know it is painful and is not easy to depart with a close relation. We sometimes lack words to use but I always resort to the Bible. He read from Psalm 73:26 and 147:3 and condoled the family, reassuring them that God is close to them to bind their broken hearts. Responding Rev Sagai express their profound gratitude to the Church leaders for the condolence message, prayers, support and visit even when their father was sick. He Prayed God to bless them. The president was accompanied by the Vice President Rev Dr. Obed Dashan, General Secretary Rev Dr. Amos Mohzo, Director ICT Rev Davou P Jakawa and...

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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 92ND GENERAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN NATIONS HELD IN JOS, PLATEAU STATE FROM 15TH – 19TH MAY, 2017

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Announcements, General | 0 comments

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF  THE 92ND GENERAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN NATIONS HELD IN JOS, PLATEAU STATE FROM 15TH – 19TH MAY, 2017

PREAMBLE 1       Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Col 3:1-4 NIV) At the end of its session, the General Church Council:   Appreciates God for the success of the first phase of a “Night with the COCIN President” which took place on the 13th of May, 2017 for an interactive session with some members of the church.   Appreciates God for a successful Seminar for those who will retire within the next five years, which was held from 11th – 13th April, 2017 and calls on the would be retirees to put into practice what they learn.   Calls on her Members to embrace the Vision and Mission statements of the Church purposefully as a divine strategy towards our glorious destiny as a Church.   Calls on her Members to embrace the COCIN Theme for the year “Seeking God’s Kingdom first” as a Vehicle that will convey us to our top goals for the year which are Prayer, Revival, Discipleship, Mission and Evangelism.   Congratulates Mrs Nanwul Gutip author of the book, “COCIN: Birth to Growth’’ Revised Edition. Encourages her Members to buy and read the book as well as the handbook on COCIN Practical Experience Service Scheme (COPESS).   Appreciates the Christian Learning Material Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, an outfit of Association of Evangelicals in Africa, for training our Sunday school teachers earlier in the year.   Congratulates The Associations of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) for a successful Golden Jubilee celebration and the Awardees and also encourages her Members to contribute in cash and kind towards the AEA headquarters building project in Nairobi, Kenya.   Calls on her Members to attend, buy and support the launch of the African Study Bible (ASB) planned to take place on the 29th June, 2017 at the Christian Centre, Abuja.   Resolves to partner with Kairos, an organization whose objective is to equip Christians with tools and strategic approach to World Evangelization, to train all her Pastors on Missions.   Calls on her teeming Members to be wise and modest in their spending in this present recession and to form cooperative societies that will enable them have access to loan facilities. Commends her members for giving generously despite the recession.   Calls on her member to ensure they participate in the ongoing INEC voters registration/revalidation and National Identity Management Council card registration (NIMC).   Commends the government of Plateau State for working so hard in maintaining the peace we now enjoy in the State, however, calls on the government to as a matter of security urgency address the invasion of Wase LGA, in large trucks, by suspicious persons.   Appreciates God for the return of further eighty two (82) Chibok School girls, hoping that the remaining girls and others will be released and rejoin their families soon.   Calls on the Federal Government to intensify their effort towards curbing the harassement, threats and killing by the Fulani herdsmen in various communities in the...

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KARL KUMM UNIVERSITY TO COMMENCE ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Announcements, General | 0 comments

KARL KUMM UNIVERSITY TO COMMENCE ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR

The COCIN President Rev Dr Dachollom Datiri has express the desire of the Church to start academic activities at the Karl Kumm University this year if God wills as some of the key structures needed for the take-off of the school are at finishing level. He made this known recently at RCC Port-Harcourt during a consultative forum with key stakeholders from different LCCs within the RCC who gathered at RCC headquarters In Eliogbolo. According to him the University is another mission field that all COCIN members need to pay attention to it by contributing their quarter in making it a reality as is a place that many people will be moulded for God. He expressed hope that the Karl Kumm University project which started since 2004 will start operation this year after 13 years of preparation. He further encouraged the stakeholders to appreciate the grace of God in their lives by supporting the projects and programmes of the Church through willing contributions and participation, which according to him will help COCIN to sustain and further advance her vision of spreading the gospel through COCIN Community Mission (CCM), Foreign Mission, Tele-evangelism and others. According to him no amount of plans or sabotage by the devil will stop the growth of the Church and the spread of the gospel because from the starting of the Church by the disciples of Jesus to the present God has been raising men and women who sponsors the programs of the Church. Rev Datiri also use the forum to enlightened them on the vision and mission of COCIN and gave them reasons why they need to know it and to key into it. He taught the people not to respond to God’s call to service presumptuously or passively which entails pride or non-chalant attitude but in appreciation of God’s grace upon their lives, partner with Him by availing themselves and their resources for His service. There was a question and answer session where they people ask their questions and were given answers while others who proffer some suggestions to the Church were ask to put it as a memo and submit through the proper channel of communication in the Church. Rev Caleb Katwal the Chairman RCC Port-Harcourt In his remarks thank God for making the programme a reality which he said should have taken place since 2015. He thanked the COCIN President for sparing time out of his busy schedule to visit them and charged the Pastors and other stakeholders to pay close attention to what will be passed unto them so as to go back and teach others. He further charged them not to be proud or possessive because it is possessive attitude that make them see giving for the service of God as tax. Earlier while acknowledging the attendance of members from all LCCs within the RCC, Rev Yusuf Pwol who is the RCC Secretary observed that all seven (7) LCCs within the RCC were well represented at the forum this include: Eliogbolo, Eleme, Odili Road, Abakaliki, Benin, Warri and...

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COCIN PRESIDENT’S WELCOME SPEECH AND REPORT DELIVERED AT THE 92ND GENERAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN NATIONS HOLDING AT THE COCIN HEADQUARTERS FROM 15TH TO 19TH MAY, 2017

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Announcements, General | 0 comments

COCIN PRESIDENT’S WELCOME SPEECH AND REPORT DELIVERED AT THE 92ND GENERAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN NATIONS HOLDING AT THE COCIN HEADQUARTERS FROM 15TH TO 19TH MAY, 2017

PREAMBLE Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Col 3:1-4 NIV)   GREETINGS AND WELCOME The Vice President, Rev. Dr. Obed Dashan, the General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Amos Mohzo, the Deputy General Secretary, Rev. Dauda Digga Jimra, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and members; EC members, Distinguish Delegates, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, His Majesty, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, Members of the National Assembly, Former COCIN Presidents, Other Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Praise, the Security , Beloved in the Lord, I greet you all in Jesus Name. Welcome to the 92nd General Church Council of the Church of Christ in Nations in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Welcome to the first GCC in 2017 the year we have resolved to stay focus, in the Name of our blessed Redeemer who desires that we prioritize our lives. It is my prayer that in this GCC, we will concentrate our attention and effort in seeking first the Kingdom of God and that all through the remaining months of the year we will focus on the things that really matter. This means that deliberately, we must eschew verbal attacks, negative criticisms, personal sentiments, personal and sectional agendas, etc.; and focus on those things that advance the Kingdom of God. Beloved, this is God’s will for us and it is not right for us to go any other way than this. We must focus on serving God, prayer, revival, discipleship, evangelism and missions, studying God’s word, living to please God and advancing His Kingdom. Permit me to pause here to bring words of condolence to families of the departed. Our hearts go out to the widow and children of our late brother, late Rev. Samuel Poret, Chairman PCC Panyam, our brother Rev. Sabo Goyol and our brother the Vice Chairman of Sabon Gida who lost their wives, Rtd Rev. Amos Kpam Dusu who lost their two sons on the same day, and a host of others too numerous to mention. Only God can comfort these families. May the Lord be close to them, strengthen them, and heal their broken hearts. REPORT ON THE LAST SIX MONTHS The last six months have been eventful. The following activities we undertook stand out and are worth reporting: Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) Golden Jubilee This took place soon after our last GCC from 14th to 20th November 2016 in Nairobi Kenya. COCIN was represented by the President and the General Secretary. Activities included a symposium that discussed the church in Africa 50 years from now as well as the church’s role in shaping the Africa that we want. The main celebration service featured awards for those who have played key roles in the development of AEA with the bulk of the awards coming to Nigeria.   Kairos Training This is a training that equips Christians with tools and strategic approach to...

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COCIN COMMUNITY MISSION AND VOM CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL SEND OFF LAST WHITE MISSIONARIES

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Announcements, General | 0 comments

COCIN COMMUNITY MISSION AND VOM CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL SEND OFF LAST WHITE MISSIONARIES

COCIN Community Mission (CCM) and Vom Christian Hospital (VCH) recently appreciated the last set of white missionaries after 23years of selfless service. Thanking Dr. and Mrs. Howard for their selfless sacrifices to CCM, the CCM Coordinator, Rev. Victor Kawai revealed that Dr. Howard is a missionary veterinarian from Australia to Nigeria officially transferred to CCM from COCIN Rural Development Programme/COCIN Community Development Programme. Kawai disclosed that Howard commenced operation at COCIN Animal Health Service of CCM’s ministry and focused on field work alongside CCM missionaries in Warari and Shiroro zones of Niger State. In his quest to work among the missionaries, he has taught them how to rear and vaccinate animals which led to his distribution of vaccine each year and training them through workshops as part of his missionary activities. He pointed out that although they will miss him, but thanked God that he has impacted greatly in their lives and prayed for God’s protection as they travel back to Australia. Also speaking, the Medical Superintendent of VCH, Dr. Fredrick Dachung appreciated God for the life of Dr. Howard and his wife Philippa for their show of love and support to VHC by developing their Drugs Revolving Fund to help the less privileged. Dachung appreciated them for the time they took to visit, their prayer and  contribution in daily walk with the Lord adding that the good Lord will reward them. In his exhortation, former Coordinator of CCM, Rev. David Pofi took his scriptural reading from 2Timothy 4:6-8 and Ecclesiastices 3 with the topic “Time”. He expressed that time is what God has given all human beings equally, great or small, rich or poor and what you make out of your time determines your future and eternity which is critical. Pofi reiterated that what we do with time in situations and our posting stations as missionaries is what really matters as all will be accountable to God at the end. He stressed that Paul fought a good fight but sadly today most Church workers fight for their stomach and warned true Christians against such as the day of reckoning is coming. He thanked the Mychaels for their tireless service in Nigeria as missionaries adding that their labour in the Lord will be rewarded greatly. Responding, the couples in tears expressed their joy for the riches of friendship God has allowed them to have for the past 23 years in Nigeria. They noted that they have learned that God rules and reigns over all and added that because God has called them into the ministry, he has equipped them for the service so also he will equip the others to continue with his service. There were goodwill messages from the past CCM Coordinators, Rev. Aliyu Yakubu, Rev. Jonah Guktur, Rtd. Rev. Daniel Gula and wife, Rev. Godwin Tirsing, Chairman of the missionaries, Rev. Haruna Akebok while various gifts were presented to the celebrants at the...

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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 91ST GENERAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN NATIONS HELD AT THE COCIN HEADQUARTERS CHURCH, JOS, PLATEAU STATE FROM 7TH -11THNOVEMBER, 2016

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Announcements, General | 0 comments

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF  THE 91ST GENERAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN NATIONS HELD AT THE COCIN HEADQUARTERS CHURCH, JOS, PLATEAU STATE FROM 7TH -11THNOVEMBER, 2016

PREAMBLE 7 “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ –the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ –yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like Him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 only let us live up to what we have already attained.”             (Philippians 3:7-16 NIV)                   At the end of its session, the General Church Council: Adopts the theme for the year 2017 as “ Seeking first God’s kingdom and righteousness (Mathew 6:33)” Reiterates the need for her leaders and members to intensify discipleship, prayer and revival in all congregations. To also sustain in great measure support for missions and evangelism. Accepts the Christian Learning Material Centre, an outfit of Association of Evangelicals in Africa, to train our Sunday school teachers early in the New Year(2017). Resolves that all its members to contribute at least =N=200.00 per month or =N=2,000 per year towards Missions and KKU in the coming year (2017). This is to augment the ongoing collections at various levels of the Church. Congratulates The Associations of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) as it celebrates its Golden Jubilee between 12th and 20th of November, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. Encourages her members to support the building project of the AEA headquarters at Nairobi, Kenya, COCIN being one of the foundation member bodies and an active member since its inception. Enjoins her members to buy the African Study Bible funded by OASIS and an organization in United States of America known as SIL, some of the copies will be customized for COCIN. It is expected to be launched on the 24th day of March, 2017, in Abuja- Nigeria. Commends the government at all levels for working so hard in maintaining the peace we now enjoy in most States, more particularly Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, the Executive Governor of Plateau State. Calls on her teeming Members to be wise and modest in their spending in this present recession, more particularly, restrain from selling off their harvest. They should organize vigilante groups that will guard their farms from...

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