Jos Diocese

Preamble

Every single thing that the Lord has asked us to do is with the intention of making him known and bringing people to Christ in such a way and manner that their faith will be seen in action, in transforming lives and society and in bringing revival and renewal to the church.
We do not have any option to do otherwise. Our mandate is very clear, and enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit our focus is to fulfill our mission on earth and attain everlasting life in heaven. Our goal is to reach heaven and to lead people to heaven. The only way to do this is through evangelism and the mission of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore all the departments that have been established or which will be established have this one common task, goal and mission.

The foundation, which was started with the creation of the Diocese in 1980, saw another wave in 1992 and we are now able to build on that solid base. Developments seen so far include:
The establishment of churches in both rural and urban areas.

  • More priests ordained.
  • The opening of more schools owned by the Anglican Church. At present there are 13 Secondary schools and some 20 Nursery / Primary Schools.

The creation of new Departments within the Diocese:

  • Diocesan Children’s Ministry
  • Education Department
  • Christian Institute
  • Women’s Work
  • Gospel Health and Development Services
  • Diocesan Mission Team
  • Diocesan Youth Commission
  • Sports Department
  • Pastoral Publications Commission
  • Clean and Safe Environment
  • Relief and Welfare Department
  • Transportation and Technical Workshop
  • Diocesan Men’s Fellowship
  • Lands Department
  • Investment Committee

Schemes for the benefit of clergy and their families, including:
•    Scholarships for clergy children
•    Clergy Retirement Scheme
•    Clergy Co-operative Society
In 2005 the Bishop moved into the new Bishopscourt, Gidan Kauna.
Where are we now? 1992 – 2006
3.    These things have been achieved through prayer, hard work, patience, endurance, long-suffering and dedication.
Local resources have often been meager, but they have been well targeted and purposefully invested. We have not been spared setbacks, criticisms and discouragements, but such attacks have actually helped to take us to where we are now.
This is only the first stage of the journey. The way continues, and we can and must do more as we reach for ever higher heights. Every Anglican member must be involved and be a part of what is happening. This involves:
•    Passionately seeking the mind of God and following his vision.
•    Prayerful identification and training of leaders who have caught the vision.
•    Catching every opportunity to implement the vision.
•    Unswerving faith and commitment.
•    Backing up these faith ventures by seeking material and financial resources.

Communicating the vision to every member:
•    I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint. Then the LORD answered me and said:
•    Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:1-3)

CHILDREN

The Children’s Department was established to raise godly children who will become godly leaders, and also to ensure that our Sunday Schools are well co-ordinated at diocesan, archdeaconry and parish levels. The focus now should be on:
•    Further training of Sunday School teachers.
•    Stocking of teaching aids for use and for sale to churches.
•    Encouraging church families to adopt and support orphans so that these children have the chance to grow in a healthy Christian environment.
•    Retreats and holiday camps for children’s workers and for children.

EDUCATION

Our schools and colleges are vital for the growth and development of godly citizens who are today’s and tomorrow’s leaders in the family, the community, the church and the nation. The focus now in teaching the Bible, Catechism, Music and Prayer Book shall be to bring about
•    Improvement of the moral, spiritual, academic, structural and financial standards of all schools and colleges.
•    Anglican tradition, teaching and worship shall be a part of the curriculum in all schools.
•    The Diocesan Education Board shall regulate the management of schools.
•    The Education Department shall be manned by a fulltime qualified educationist.
•    A clear programme of in-service training for teachers shall be established by the Education Board.
•    Payment of staff salaries to be monitored by the Education Board.

The Way Forward . . .
•    Adult Education programmes to be introduced in schools and colleges, with particular emphasis on literacy.
•    More churches and archdeaconries be motivated to establish schools.

CHRISTIAN INSTITUTE

This growing college is based on prayer and the word of God, committed to evangelism and mission, to teaching and to living the gospel. Concern for academic standards must go hand in hand with spiritual formation for renewal, revival and transformation of lives, churches and communities.
Anglican thought and tradition are taught and practised. To achieve this the focus now is on:
•    The development of a Women’s School and married quarters, with emphasis on the training of pastors’ wives.
•    Courses on health and music to be incorporated into Theology programmes.
•    Extra-mural classes to be run by the health department as well as by music and mission departments.
•    Establishment of a programme of open seminars to assist staff development and kindle interest.
•    Residential full-time staff to be recruited.
•    Improvement of financial situation through strict payment of fees, fund generating projects and grants.

WOMEN’S DEPARTMENT

The Mothers’ Union, Women’s Guild, Girls’ Guild and Care for Widows have grown and developed. The focus now shall be on:
•    Christian concern for homes and family living.
•    Child – to – child training.
•    Award of scholarships to pastors’ wives, widows and female students.
•    Provision of health care in villages (in collaboration with other mission agencies).
•    Giving of soft loans to Pastors’ wives and women to establish small-scale enterprises.
•    Leadership training, especially for leaders and pastors’ wives.
•    Running of a Guest House. (This project has started at No. 1 Argak Close, Sabon Bariki.)
•    The establishment of Girls’ hostel for University students.
•    Further encouragement and support of the aged, widows and other less privileged.
•    Establishment of a tailoring unit that will train tailors to sew cassocks, clerical wears, school uniforms, interior decorations, Holy Communion Accessories etc.

MEN’S DEPARTMENT

The men’s Fellowship is one of the recently established departments in the Diocese. The vision is:
•    To cater for the spiritual, moral and economic well being of the men of the Diocese.
•    The mobilisation and establishment of this fellowship at the local church, parish and archdeaconry levels.
•    To organise workshops, seminars and retreats towards spiritual and economic empowerment of men.
•    To organise an annual Diocesan Conference for men, with a focus on raising committed and faithful husbands and leaders.
•    To encourage and support the aged, widows, widowers and other less privileged persons.
•    To be involved in the provision of some essential facilities needed in some of our local areas, for example, toilets, portable water etc..

GOSPEL HEALTH and DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the concern for the whole person to fulfill their potential for the benefit of the community and to the glory of God has born fruit, especially in the area of concern and care for HIV/AIDS patients and their families. The future scope should include:
•    Reaching more villages, and providing help, teaching for the community and training for local workers in hygiene, basic health care and first aid.
•    The spread of health care delivery services to villages where there is no clinic or dispensary.
•    The establishment of a clinic in every diocesan secondary school.
•    Collaborate with other Christian bodies for the provision of affordable, quality drugs.

DIOCESAN MISSION TEAM

Much has begun in terms of outreaches, annual mission  convention and provision of discipleship materials. The focus now is:
•    Mission and evangelism must become the lifestyle and not the occasional activity of every member of every church.
•    Full use should be made of Confirmation classes for discipleship training.
•    The recruiting, training and sending of missionaries to unreached areas of this diocese, and beyond.
•    Mission 1-1-3 must be achieved in our Diocese.

YOUTH COMMISSION

This new department seeks to co-ordinate the activities of all youth ministries. The focus now shall be on:
•    The organization of an annual Youth Synod, holiday camps and conferences for youth.
•    The teaching, training and encouraging of all youths to live according to a Kingdom lifestyle.

CLEAN & SAFE ENVIRONMENT

This young department will focus on:
•    Teaching of basic hygiene, care for the environment, animals and nature study.
•    The mobilization of individuals and churches to maintain a high standard of cleanliness in the home, church, schools and their surroundings.

RELIEF and WELFARE DEPARTMENT

The original aims of this young department will continue to be pursued with vigour:
•    To provide relief materials and help to less privileged and displaced people, especially in war-torn areas of the diocese.
•    To mobilize the church throughout the diocese to provide the necessary relief materials.

TRANSPORT and TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT

A comprehensive “Bezalel Workshop” shall be established
•    To train a faithful, honest and effective technical workforce.
•    To repair vehicles, generating plants, computers etc..
•    To empower Christian men and women economically through the acquisition of knowledge, training and skills

AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT

•    To provide readily available agricultural tools for mechanized farming.
•    To provide high yielding seeds and seedlings at an affordable cost for farmers in our rural areas.
•    To establish and provide a reliable source of fertilizer for farmers.
•    To establish forestry and horticultural units.
•    To raise and nurse seedlings of all kinds of plants, fruits and flowers.
•    To evangelise through agriculture

LANDS DEPARTMENT

•    To acquire more land for farming and developmental purposes
•    To ensure proper documentation and demarcation of all lands owned by local Churches, Parishes, Archdeaconries and Diocese.

PASTORAL PUBLICATIONS COMMISSION

•    The P.P.C. shall continue to be responsible for the publication of such materials as shall seek to spread God’s
•    Word, to teach God’s people, and to build up the Body of Christ, the Church.
•    Priority in publication shall be given to those works which fulfil the requirements of 1. above, meet the local need, and are deemed to be viable.
•    The monies shall form a revolving capital to be used for the work of the P.P.C. alone.
•    Contributors and authors shall derive no personal financial gain from works published by the P.P.C.

EVERY MEMBER OF THE DIOCESE

is expected to:
•    Pray for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in all his fullness to bring about the fulfilment of this vision.
•    Seek to grow spiritually, morally and financially through the study of the word of God and to produce fruit in the support of and commitment to the work of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
•    Strive at all times to live and work together in unity, love and willing co-operation.
•    Use individual gifts and talents to the glory of God and for the expansion of his Kingdom.
•    Live a life of integrity, transparency and accountability at all times and in all places, thereby setting an example to others.
•    Be wise and prudent in the use of financial and material resources.
This includes:
•    Prompt and regular payment of assessment.
•    Investment at diocesan, archdeaconry and parish level, e.g. in building shops or guest house; purchase of shares; farming enterprises.
•    Provision of scholarships for training church workers.

WHEN? NOW!!

In all things, we must:
•    Give God alone the glory.
•    Hold firm to the teachings of the Bible as the full and final authority for our life, mission and ministry
•    Always seek the help, guidance and indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to perform and fulfil the vision.

Prayer Study of the Bible

•    Living a godly life Mission
•    Transformation of individual lives
•    Transformation of families
•    Transformation of communities
•    Transformation of the church
•    Transformation of the environment
•    Transformation of the nation

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