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The Lutheran Church of Nigeria is holding its Biennial Synod Convention from Wednesday, January 6, 2016, to Sunday, January 10, 2016 in Obot Idim. The 2016 Convention marks the 80th anniversary of The Lutheran Church of Nigeria, founded in 1936 by LCMS Missionaries. The Convention theme: Christ Lives in Me, For Life Together based upon Colossians 1:27. Approximately 6,000 people attended the convention.
A focus of the convention is on the funding and development of the Lutheran University Nigeria Project. The Lutheran University would have a huge effect on the Lutheran Church of Nigeria. In Uyo, there are at least two other universities. Education is very important and desired in Africa. Bishop Paul Fynn of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana operates a university of 8,000 students. The potential for a Lutheran University in Nigeria is huge.
The convention begins at 6 AM and finishes around midnight. There are generous breaks during the day for rest and protection from the high temperatures, which is projected to be 108 F (or 44 C) today. More on the convention in the coming days.
The convention schedule follows.
Convention Schedule January 6-7
Convention Schedule January 7-8
Convention Schedule January 8-9
Convention Schedule January 9
— Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of Church Relations
The Lutheran Church of Nigeria held a deaconess conference with the LCMS on the theme, “Deaconesses in Mission.” Approximately 200 women attended.
The women were very eager to join the conference.
Deaconess Grace Rao spoke about the role of women in the church.
Dr. Collver reflected on the Lutheran Church of Nigeria’s Theme, “Christ Lives in Me,” and used the Gospel of Mark to describe the Christ that lives in you, while tying it to mercy works.
Dr. David Erber assisted with the conference.
Nigeria in the rainy season.
The Lutheran Church Of Nigeria (LCN) was the LCMS’ first African mission start. The church began in 1936 in Uyo, Obot Idim. Archbishop Christian Ekong in the video above outlines some basic information about the Lutheran Church of Nigeria and speaks about the challenges of needing to train 100 pastors immediately at the Jonathan Ekong Memorial Seminary (JEMS) while only having a handful of professors to teach. The church has about 133,000 members in 355 congregations with 250 pastors and 50 evangelists.
Archbishop Ekong in Seminary Library
Jonathan Ekong Memorial Seminary Sign
Student at JEMS holding his CPH Book Lutheranism 101