The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN) has ended its 175 years anniversary in Calabar and declared the next ten years (2020 – 2030) as a decade of Aggressive Church Planting, Discipleship and Growth.
His Eminence Nzie Nsi Eke, the prelate PCN and Moderator of its General Assembly announced this at Hope Waddel Parish, venue of the anniversary celebration on the theme “From Glory to Glory ”.
He said that the immediate commitment of the church is on mission which was the driving force of the early converts in Nigeria.
Hear him “we shall reflect on grounds covered and challenges ahead. Every synod, presbytery, parish, and Presbyterian – clergy or laity is hereby directed and encouraged to take an active part in this commitment of Church Planting, Discipleship and Church Growth ”.
The prelate disclosed that since the arrival of the Church of Scotland in Creek Town in 1846, some notable achievements and victories have been won by God the PCN witness in Nigeria.
His Eminence said that some of the important contributions of the PCN in the ecumenical family within and outside Nigeria over the years were impacts on humanity and human development in Nigeria society.
His words “We recall with humility and great gratitude the great impact achieved through the preaching of the gospel of the sovereign grace and love of God in Christ Jesus for the salvation of humankind.
“We celebrate the planting of churches all over Nigeria and in some other West African countries. We note the global partnership with the Presbyterian Church in Canada and the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the running of Churches in Toronto and Texas respectively”.
“We recall with inexpressible joy the historic achievements of the eradication of the killing of twins in Nigeria, with continual credit to the noble work of a Scottish Missionary, Mary Mitchell Slessor”.
“We appreciate God for the significant contributions of Presbyterianism to the development of the Nigerian Nation through the establishment of schools, hospitals, farms, and through strategic human capital development. Today, Presbyterian Churches own schools at various levels – Nursery, Primary, and Secondary – all across the nation”.
The 175th Anniversary Celebration ended with a thanks giving service on Sunday at Duke Town Parish where the journey started from and spread throughout Nigeria and beyond.
A total of 175 persons were honoured. Some of the awardees who spoke with Lens correspondent commended the church for finding them worthy, stressing that the import of the recognition calls for higher service in the Vineyard of God.