THE SECOND SESSION OF THE THIRD SYNOD OF THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF CAMEROON HELD IN BAMENDA FROM THE 16TH TO THE 19TH OF JULY 2015.
Another time for the gathering of the elders of the church as synod delegates in yet another council (synod) of the Anglican diocese of Cameroon has come and gone. In this year’s synod which marks the 2nd Session of the Third Synod of the diocese, giant strides towards higher levels of maturity were conspicuous in all areas of the proceedings of the synod.
At a glance, the wisdom, maturity and sense of growth could be perceived in the diocesan, the Rt. Revd Dibo Thomas Babyngton Elango as his choice of the Guest Speaker spoke for itself. The Rt. Revd Tunde Adele, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Calabar, and Guest Speaker for the synod in his grey hair and apostolic wisdom expounded and taught in a spirited manner on the Theme “Where Art Thou?” drawn from Genesis 3:9.
WHERE ART THOU?
Speaking in one of the services where the Governor of the North West Region, his Excellency Adolphe Lele Lafrique was present, the Guest Speaker, pointed out clearly that not everyone in the Church is heaven bound. In his illustration, he explained that not everyone you meet in a carpark is a traveler. Citing an incident which happened to him once when he was travelling, he pointed out that he saw some people sitting in the car as if they were travelers but to his greatest disappointment, he discovered at the end of the day that he was the only traveler in that car at the time he entered. Where were the other five he met when he just entered the car? They were not travelers but they behaved as passengers. Such people are in the church. The Speaker admonished the Christians to beware of the people they sit with in the church because not everyone coming to church is following Christ. He asked the Question, “Where are we as a Church; as clergymen, as parishioners”; where are we in response to obedience and total devotion to God’s word?. The Guest speaker in very strong terms emphasized that God is still asking us today as he asked Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden; “Where art thou”?
A GREAT ADVANCEMENT IN THE LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION AND CONTRIBUTION
It is also worth noting that for the first time, the synod saw a great advancement in the level of participation and contribution of delegates during the group discussions. The council decided on pertinent issues affecting the diocese. One of them includes the splitting of the North West/Western Archdeaconry and the South West Archdeaconry into two, namely: the North West/Western Archdeaconry, and the South West Archdeaconry headed by two administrators; Revd Canon Remigius Alumona and Revd Canon Anatole Ndeffo respectively. This dynamic move by the Diocesan has helped to facilitate the administration of the archdeaconries concerned.
A STRONG DETERMINATION TO PUT ORDER AND DISCIPLINE IN THE CHURCH
Essential also at the end of this council was the strong determination of the diocesan to put order and discipline in the church. In his presidential address the Bishop announced that Revd Fr. Emmanuel Yuh has been de-robed and Revd Leo Ndzi Shangong’s resignation has been accepted by the Diocese. The diocesan underlined that square pegs have to be put in square holds as the diocese is clocking eight in this second session of the third synod. He further in his spirit of innovation and transformation, made other preferment and transfers as follows:
1. Revd Fr. Richard Ashu Egbe preferred Canon.
2. Revd Fr. Anatole Ndeffo preferred Canon
3. Revd Fr. Humphrey Anyanwu preferred Canon
4. Revd Canon Humphrey Anyanwu transferred from New Covenant Church Camp Yabassi Douala to Christ Anglican Church Mokolo Yaounde.
5. Revd Fr. Denis Njegani Samba transferred from St. Michael and All Angels’ Cathedral to New Covenant Church Camp Yabassi, Douala
6. Revd. Fr. Muma Girald transferred from St. James Anglican Church Ngoundere to St. Matthew’s Anglican Church Buea
7. Revd Divine Bikom transferred from St. George’s Anglican Church Mbanga to St. Michael’s and All Angel’s Cathedral Douala
8. Revd. Chianumba Augustine transferred from St. Matthew’s Anglican Church Buea to Victory Anglican Church New Bell Douala
9. Revd. Christian Nwachukwu transferred from Victory Anglican Church New Bell to St. Jame’s Anglican Church Ngoundere.
10. Evangelist Clifford Ogwu transferred from Emmanuel MiracleAnglican Church Douala to St. George’s Anglican Church Mbanga
The lord Bishop also announced the following withdrawals:
1. Revd Fr. Chibuzor Emmanuel, missionary from Diocese of Niger Delta North, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and serving at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Kumba was withdrawn and
2. Revd Fr. Emeka Nwoke, missionary from Niger Delta North Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and serving at Christ Anglican Church Mokolo has also been withdrawn.
The lord Bishop, the Rt. Revd Dibo Thomas Babyngton Elango in his reaffirming words to the Synod delegates and the Government of Cameroon, which was effectively represented by the Governor of the North West region reiterated the unrelentless commitment of the church in the fight against Boko Haram and other vices plaguing our society.