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About 50 pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana (ELCG), a member of the International Lutheran Council (ILC), attended the opening session of the pastors’ conference held at the ELCG’s seminary in Accra, Ghana.
The pastors’ conference has 6 sessions scheduled over 2 days. Session 1: Preaching of the Saving Gospel by Rev. Steven Schumacher, Session 2: Leadership in the 21st Century by Rev. Solomon S. Ayagri, Session 3: Understanding Prayer by Ps. John S. Donkoh, Session 4: Creation by Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Session 5 was originally supposed to have been done by Rev. Dale Kaster but due to illness the Rev. Dr. George Black will present instead, and Session 6: ELCG The Way Forward by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Paul Kofi Fynn. The presentation most significant to the immediate future of the ELCG is Bishop Fynn’s which we will cover in more detail tomorrow.
Rev. Steve Schumacher presents at the ELCG Pastors’ Conference on “Preaching of the Saving Gospel.” Consider supporting the work of Rev. Steve Schumacher by clicking here.
Bishop Paul Fynn of the Evangelical Lutheran Church stands in front of the seminary sign.
Although the seminary was dedicated just on 2 February 2014, the ELCG has completely repainted the seminary as part of its ongoing maintence program to keep various church properties in good condition. Arguably, the seminary looks better today than it did when it was brand new on its dedication day.
Dr. Albert Collver and Bishop Paul Fynn listening to a presentation at the pastors’ conference.
— Posted on 6 November 2015 by Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations
23 August 2015
Several news items from Africa this past week in Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
GHANA AND THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF GHANA
Last Sunday, 16 August 2015, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana (ELCG) held a conference on same sex marriage and homosexuality in Africa. The conference was broadcast on Ghana Television (GTV). Below is a clip from the conference with an interview with Dr. Paul Kofi Fynn and Dr. Albert B. Collver. (The video can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/UdTJQrEg63I)
NIGERIA and the Lutheran Church of Nigeria
The Lutheran Church of Nigeria (LCN) has a synod theme called, “Christ Lives in Me.” The theme is tripartite: “Christ Lives in Me for Witness”; “Christ Lives in Me for Mercy”; “Christ Lives in Me for Life Together.”
The chorus of the theme song:
Christ Lives in Me
he lives in Me
Christ lives in me
He has given us the grace
He has given us the grace to rule the world
He has given us the grace to overcome the world
He lives in me
Christ lives in me
Christ lives in me for witness
Christ lives in me for works of mercy
Christ lives in me for life together
The song can be listened to at: https://soundcloud.com/collverab3/christ-lives-in-me-lcn
TANZANIA — Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania Elects New Presiding Bishop
This past week (16 August 2015) the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) elected a anew presiding bishop, Frederic Shoo.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) is the second largest Lutheran church in the world with about 6 million members after the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY), which has about 8 million members. The Missouri Synod is not in altar and pulpit fellowship with the ELCT, however, the Missouri Synod does have friendly relations with some of the bishops in the ELCT.
Presiding Bishop Frederick Shoo is known as the “tree bishop” due to the large amount of trees he and his North Diocese have planted to help preserve the glaciers on top of Mount Kilimanjaro. PBS did an interview with Bishop Frederick Shoo a few years ago here: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2012/07/13/july-13-2012-kilimanjaro-trees/11790/#
— Rev. Albert B. Collver, Ph.D., Director of Church Relations
On Sunday, 16 August 2015, we attended worship at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana (ELCG) in Accra, Ghana. Approximately 300 people attended the morning service. The service was fuller than usual due to a youth conference which was held at the church and a symposium on same-sex marriage after the service.
The Choir at St. Paul’s Lutheran sang “God is our Protector” before the sermon.
The choir sings.
Rev. Steven Schumacher preached on John 6.
After the sermon, people come to from to give their offering. During their offering, the entire congregation sings and sometimes dances.
The congregation sings and dances during the presentation of the offering.
Immediately following the service, a symposium on same-sex marriage was held in the congregation. The recent decision of the US Supreme Court to legalize same sex marriage in all fifty States has had worldwide effect. The panelists discussed the topic of same sex marriage from a variety of perspectives including updates on the situation in the United States, perspectives from the Ghanian legal system, Biblical perspectives, and from a Ghanian cultural perspective. LCMS people participated in the panel including Dr. Albert Collver, Dr. David Erber, and Rev. Steve Schumacher.
Approximately 300 people attended the symposium on same sex marriage. The event was broadcast on Ghanian television and covered in the local newspapers.
Rt. Rev. Bishop Paul Kofi Fynn listened attentively to the presentations.
Presentations also covered how Ghanian culture viewed marriage and how the Ghanian legal system viewed civil rights and homosexual activity. A challenge for nations such as Ghana is that Western development aid and loans are often tied to adopting a human rights perspective that allows for same sex marriage.
On evening Saturday, 2015 August 15, Bishop Paul Fynn of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana, Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations for the LCMS, and Dr. David Erber along with LCMS missionaries Steve and Cindy Schumacher and professors and students from the Ghanian Lutheran Seminary dedicated two new seminary residences.
Blessing of the Seminary Residence in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Cutting of the Ribbon
The seminary residence was built in cooperation with a grant provided by the Global Seminary Initiative (GSI), LCMS human care, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana. The seminary residence was needed because of the completion of the Ghana Lutheran Seminary which was dedicated by President Matthew Harrison, and the new missionaries who have arrived in West Africa.
Bishop Paul Fynn, Dr. Albert Collver, and the Builder of the House
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana was established in 1958 by missionaries from The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. ELCG (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana) became a partner church of the LCMS in 1971. Currently membership of the ELCG stands at 29,000. Nine missionaries from the LCMS are working alongside local pastors, evangelists, and lay leaders in more than 1,000 congregations and preaching stations.
The dedication service outside the residence
Missionary Steve Schumacher pictured signed at the dedication
After the dedication of the residence house, a tour of the house was provided. The house was constructed to international standards so that Westerners would feel comfortable staying in the house.
Advanced, energy efficient lighting in the living room
A modern kitchen with furnishings from Germany
People gathering and enjoying the evening
Rev. Steve Schumacher and his wife Cindy pictured
The seminary residence pictured with a car port and a wall.