The Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN has ordained 29 new Pastors with a charge on them to constantly study the Word of God, teach, encourage and rebuke the flock of God entrusted to them.
The COCIN President, Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri gave the charge while performing the ordination rites of the Pastors from the Provisional Church Councils (PCC) of Borno, Kabwir and Tafawa Balewa held at the Convocation Center of the Federal College of Education, Pankshin, Plateau State.
He enjoined wives of the ordained to support their husbands in ministry by constantly praying for them and correcting him if he strays from the path and also charged members to work with their Pastors and not make their duties unnecessarily harder by being a stumbling block to them.
In a sermon, the PCC Chairman of Jos, Rev. Gyang Bot read from Matthew 16:18 with the topic, “Leading God’s Church in Trying times” where he outlined that the Church in Nigeria is under attack from kidnappers, Fulani herdsmen, Boko Haram and others.
He said Nigerians are currently going through sufferings because we refused to obey to the voice of God on matters of election and governance that is why God has allowed us to have what we bargained for.
“Sometimes God allows us to go through sufferings not because we have sinned but because He wants us to witness His great power of deliverance and salvation. There can never be triumph without overcoming challenges”, he said.
Rev. Bot charged the newly ordained Pastors not to be intimidated or give in to the many sufferings the Church is going through but trust in God because Jesus has assured us of total victory against the forces of hell.
“If we intend to be successful as a Church in these trying times, we must ensure that we live holy lives, avoid forming cliques, be courageous and live as men and women of integrity so that our gospel will shine forward as a testimony to those who do not know Christ”, he said.
Earlier, the COCIN General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Amos Mohzo in a welcome address appreciated the Provost of FCE, Pankshin for the provision of venue for the event and condoled with those who lost their loved ones while his deputy, Rev. Dauda Jimra read the roles of the Pastor to the newly ordained.
The occasion had in attendance the immediate past CAN Chairman, Plateau State and former COCIN President, Rev. Dr. Soja Bewarang while goodwill messages from the District Head of Pankshin, Nde Monday Gokum and the Pankshin LGA Vice Chairman, Evangelist Sam Mbok.