WORSHIP DIVISIONS IN THE DIOCESE

OUTSTATIONS

These are newly created congregations. They are manned by Catechists/Evangelists or lay Readers and directly supervised by the parishes/Archdeaconries under which they were created. Depending on the strength and capacity of the supervising parish or Archdeaconry, some of the Outstations have their own land and worship building while others are on rent.

It all starts with mobilization of evangelical campaigns which culminates in a group of worshipers that are willing to serve the Lord together within that geographical area. The outreach programmes are usually initiated, sponsored and supervised by the mother parishes. An outstation is named by the Bishop of the Diocese.

PARISH

It is a congregation which has independent land, church building, a hall, a vicarage and economically independent to take care of bills, pay stipends, assessments and salaries of workers; headed by a Parish Priest or a Vicar.

When all the requirements are met, the Bishop pronounces a congregation “Parish”.

ARCHDEACONRY

A number of at least three Parishes/congregations put together under an administrator or an Archdeacon forms an archdeaconry. The number of Archdeaconries and their geographical descriptions are established and described by the Bishop in consultation with the standing committee of the Diocese. Archdeaconries are governed by Archdeaconry boards with the Archdeacon or Administrator as the chairman according to the stipulations of the Diocesan Constitution (See Chapter VII, Article 38 Constitution and Canons of the Anglican Diocese of Cameroon)

CREATION OF AN ARCHDEACONRY

There must be at least three parishes for the group of churches concerned to be accorded Archdeaconry Status. One of the Parishes concerned must have the requisite resources to be accorded an Archdeaconry headquarter.

The Bishop for administrative purposes shall in consultation with the Parishes concerned; agree with both lay and clergymen on the need to form an archdeaconry in the area.

DEANERY

If a Parish has grown above the level of a Parish but not yet an Archdeaconry, it could be given the status of a Deanery. It is financially or economically strong and can take care of outstations and raise them to the status of full grown Parishes. Deaneries are a portrait of Archdeaconries in the making. Rectors are incharge of archdeaconries.

DIOCESE

A Diocese is a group of at least five Parishes headed by a Bishop. These Parishes could be in one or more Archdeaconries or portions of existing archdeaconries could be ceded together into a Diocese. It is synodically governed and episcopally led. Its creation and procedure is prescribed by the constitution and Canons of the Church of the Province of West Africa (Article XVIII) On the Admission and creation of New Dioceses.

CREATION OF A DIOCESE

A new diocese may be formed with the consent of the Provincial Synod. This could take three different ways namely; by the division of an existing diocese; by the junction of two or more dioceses or of parts of two or more Dioceses or; by the creation into a diocese of an evangelized area.

It is from the synod of the diocese to be divided that the proceedings for the creation of the new diocese originates. In the case of the junction of two or more dioceses, the synods of the dioceses concerned must mutually agree. If it is an evangelized area, a convocation of the clergy and Laity of the evangelized area shall be called for that purpose.

If the See of a Diocese is vacant, no proceeding shall continue towards its division until the vacancy is filled.

The New Diocese is considered in union with the church of the Province of West Africa only when the Provincial Synod has given its consent and when the New Diocese accedes to the constitution and Canons of the Province. The accession shall be filed with the Provincial Secretary.

In case a Diocese is formed out of an existing diocese, it shall be subject to the constitution and Canons of the Diocese out of which it was formed until a new one is developed by the Synod of the New Diocese and in which case the provincial Synod will be required to adopt such constitution and Canons.

If a diocese being formed will reduce the existing diocese to fewer than six parishes, then its creation shall cease. No new Diocese can be formed with less than five parishes. (See Article XVIII Of the Constitution and Canons of the Church of the Province of West Africa.

PROVINCE

A province is a number of Dioceses put together and headed by an Archbishop. It is governed by the Provincial Synod. The Church of the Province of West Africa where we belong is further divided into two internal Provinces namely: the Internal Province of Ghana and the Internal Province of West Africa all headed by the Archbishop, and Primate of the Church of the Province of West Africa.

CREATION OF A PROVINCE

Under the supervision of the Archbishop of Canterbury and in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of the Anglican Communion, a Province is formed.


THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF CAMEROON

THE REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON; AN AFRICAN COUNTRY SITUATED ON THE GULF OF GUINEE. GREEN RED AND YELLOW WITH A YELLOW STAR IN THE MIDDLE ARE THE COLOURS THAT MAKE UP OUR NATIONAL EMBLEM, THE FLAG.


CAMEROON SHARES BOUNDARY WITH NIGERIA, EQUATORIAL GUINEE, GABON CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CHAD AND CONGO

INTRODUCTION

Cameroon is on the Gulf of Guinea with a total population of 23,130,708 (2014 census). It is a Central African country of varied terrain and wildlife. Its inland capital, Yaoundé, and its biggest city, the seaport Douala, are transit points to ecotourism sites as well as beach resorts like Kribi – near the Chutes de la Lobé waterfalls, which plunge directly into the sea –and Limbe, home to a wildlife center.

Because of its modest oil resources and favourable agricultural conditions, Cameroon has one of the best-endowed primary commodity economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Still, it faces many of the serious problems confronting other underdeveloped countries, such as stagnant per capita income, a relatively inequitable distribution of income, and a generally unfavourable climate for business enterprise. Since 1990, the government has embarked on various IMF and World Bank programs designed to spur business investment, increase efficiency in agriculture, improve trade, and recapitalize the nation's banks. The IMF is pressing for more reforms, including increased budget transparency, privatization, and poverty reduction programs.

Cameroon has a real growth rate of 4.6%. It has an unemployment rate of 30% (2001 est.) and the population below the poverty line is almost half of the total population. It has a low inflation rate of 2.6% (2013 est.) making business conducive.

THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF CAMEROON

The Anglican Diocese of Cameroon is a part of the churches that make up the Anglican Communion world-wide. It is one of the Dioceses that constitute the Church of the Province of West Africa, precisely it belongs to the Internal Province of West Africa (IPWA).

It has 24 parishes and 18 Priests. There are 4 Archdeaconries with a congregation population of more than 10,000.  These are potential direct customers of any conceived project.

There are four Archdeaconries that make up the Diocese namely:

I    North West and Western Archdeaconry in the North West and Western Regions of Cameroon

This comprises of the following churches

1.All Saints Parish Bamenda

2.King of Kings Anglican Church in Ndu,

3.Holy Trinity Church in Bafoussam

4.Anglican Church in Mbengwi

II   South West Archdeaconry in the Southern Region of Cameroon

1.St. Paul’s Parish Kumba

2.St. Andrews Parish Tiko

3.St. Peters Parish Limbe

4.St. Matthews Church Buea

5.Calvary Church Tombel

6.Anglican Missionary Church Koussala

III  Littoral Archdeaconry in the Littoral Region of Cameroon

1.St. St. Michael’s and All Angels Cathedral Douala,

2.Emmanuel Miracle Parish Douala,

3.New Covenant Parish Douala,

4.Victory Anglican Church Douala,

5.Anglican Missionary Church Youpwe Douala,

6.St. George’s Anglican Church Mbanga,

7.Our Saviour’s Church Kotto Pendaboko,

8.Christ Church Trois Boutigue Douala,

9.Good Shepherd Church Akwa North Douala

VI   Center Archdeaconry in the Center and Adamawa Regions of Cameroon.

1.St. James Church Ngaoundere,

2.St. John’s Parish in Ngoussso Yaounde,

3.Christ Anglican Church Mokolo Yaounde,

4.Christ Roi Parish Ahala in Yaounde,

5.St. Theresa’s Church Yeugassi Yaounde,

6.Anglican Missionary Church Obala Yaounde

 

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