Proposal For The Establishment Of A National Christian Council Of Liberia (NCCL)
By Rev. John S. M. Russell
I want the readers of this document to know that everything written in it is just a proposal to be considered by members of the Body of Christ in Liberia. The proposal contains the following:
II. The purpose of the Council – the primary purpose of the proposed council is to provide a forum that will bring together all factions of the Body of Christ in Liberia for many reasons:
III. Structure – the administrative structure of the proposed Christian Council will be determined by the Body when it meets in a National Conference for the purpose of reviewing the proposal and acting for or against it.
We hereby propose five administrative regions comprising the fifteen sub-political divisions of the Republic to enhance the saturation of the nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through preaching and teaching. The proposed regions shall be:
Region one: Region Two
Region three: Region Four
IV. The task of the Council
Record and transcribe minutes of all general meetings of the body.
Writing on each of the basic areas mentioned above must reflect the Sovereignty of God and the centrality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For example:
1. Training – All recognized seminaries and Bible schools and colleges will be used and supported by the Council to implement the equipping and empowering plans of the Council for the effective spreading of the Gospel throughout the land. The Council will train its members based on its own developed curriculum. There will be great emphasis on the conduct of seminars and workshops in all the administrative regions on a regular basis in order to keep the momentum high among the servants of God.
2. Church Construction –The Council will endeavor to generate funds nationally and internationally to renovate some existing churches that are financially weak and low in membership and construct new ones in places where there are no churches as people respond to the preaching and teaching of the Gospel. This approach will strengthen the unity of the Council and the oneness of the Gospel message throughout the nation
3. EDUCATION - The most important role the church has to play in developing cable leaders to serve in decision making positions is education. The church must jointly strengthen its existing schools and universities and increase their number. Providing quality education should be a number one concern of the body of Christ. All required disciplines of global educational system must be included in all church related schools and universities in Liberia. Every top decision making position in Liberia requires trained and qualified citizens.
Saturating the nation with the gospel of Jesus Christ through prayer; preaching and teaching the word; building descent places of worship; encouraging inductive bible studies in churches and homes; and conducting national crusades. The emphasis must be on the salvation of souls; helping people to live peacefully in good health and safe environments; and experiencing the joy of having an intimate relationship with God..
Conclusion: I am pleased to distribute this document to all my colleagues in ministry and lay members of the Body of Christ in Liberia as a way of sharing some thoughts that I believe are worthy of their reflection. We read in II Chronicles 16:9 that:
“The Lord Keeps close watch over the whole world, to give strength to those whose hearts are loyal to him…” (Good News Bible)
May the Lord find us fit for the gift of divine strength, wisdom and knowledge for the production of an accurate and acceptable document that will fully embodied the vision and plan of God for our beloved country, Liberia.
God bless you!
John S. M. Russell, retired clergy person of the United Methodist Church
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