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Christian Education Department

Stewardship Unit

Our Mission

Our mission is to encourage the joy of biblical stewardship in congregation and individuals by providing church leaders with exceptional stewardship resources, training and consultations.

Our Vision

Our vision is to see followers of Christ faithfully living by God's principle as stewards in every area of their lives.

Our Core Values

We strive to be Christ-centered and bible based with our core values including recognition of God's ownership of all things and the desire to equip and serve others with excellent teachings in ways understood be all cultures and generations in Nigeria.

OUR PROGRAMMES

Empowering Believers with Abundance for Kingdom Growth

Our programmes are classified into segments to emphasize the various aspect of stewardship that are covered in our training, revival services and seminars.

General Stewardship:

The Total Stewardship Becoming a Generous Congregation. Discipleship begins and end with Stewardship

Church Finance:

Responsibilities of Financial Officers

The Role of the Pastor in the Church's Financial Matters

Wealth Creation:

Pulling Down the Strongholds of Poverty

Creating Godly wealth in an ungodly world

Doing Business as a believer (Christian and Business).

Personal Stewardship: Health is Wealth Money Management - Increasing Income, Debt mangement, Saving, retirement and Investment e.t.c.

Training for Church Leaders

Our stewardship staff is equipped and available to provide training for the pastoral and financial leadership of your church, associations, and conference. This training would include guidance and encouragement for fulfilling a position of leadership in the church as well as extensive help in developing a church budget and a year round stewardship calendar.

Stewardship Emphasis

Our office believes that stewardship is everything a believer does after conversion. Although this means stewardship should be a part of the ongoing discipleship ministry of the church, nevertheless, periodically, there is a need for a special emphasis on stewardship. This could be a weeklong programmer or a four to seven weeks extensive session depending on the need of the church. The stewardship office would annual produce booklets that would guide the church in teaching a biblically based stewardship programme.

Church Fundraising Campaign

We believe fundraising is not just a man's method of raising money for the church, but that it is God's method of raising people for His kingdom. We believe that there is a biblical way and methods of raising necessary and adequate funds for church projects and we have been equipped to help churches in Nigeria understand the significant relationship between its spiritual growth (Discipleship) and giving. We deny BOLDLY that the church should beg; though it is the principal beneficiary of a gift: though it is even seen to have needs that are so often pleaded for. Yet, we advocate that the principal beneficiary of giving is the giver.

We will help your congregation see themselves as farmers. Farmers know that the only way to secure their future is to sow as much seeds as they can; hoarding seed will not accomplish much. Our money is the seed God has given us to grow a harvest for His kingdom, and He promises in 2 Corinthians 9: 10 - 11 that He will "multiply our seed and increase the harvest of our generosity, if only we will be faithful to sow" Doing Business by the Book/Christian in Business

We believe that the role of Christian business people is unique and far-reaching and also a significant part of stewardship of influence. Christians in business interact with a major segment of the population and so they are instrumental in the generation and distribution of wealth. They exert significant influence over public policy and are positioned to give credibility (or denial) to many of the great themes of Scriptures. The stewardship office is equipped to offer Christian leaders concise and comprehensive biblical principles of how to apply the Truth of the Bible to all spheres of life and ministry. In creating wealth, we believe in empowering believers to know the how and why of being called into the business world.

Christian Stewardship Prayer Request

Pray that each worker in the Baptist Building and those they will be in contact with will see themselves as stewards of God's grace.

You can pray with any of these Bible passages:

"His master replied, 'You have done well, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' (NIRV)Matt. 25:21
"Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful." (NIV)1 Cor. 4:2.

Rev. Dr. Samuel O. Oladimeji
Christian Stewardship Division
NBC, IBADAN

DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING MINISTRY

Our Aim

Training Today’s Church for Christ-Like Service and Leadership. Christian discipleship is about exposing our hearts, minds and wills to the glory of Christ so that we may be transformed to His image and thus be equipped, desirous and able to serve our Lord and others in leadership and “followership”.

Our Message

Disciple’s Lifestyle and Distractions in the World

There are a lot of distractions in the world. But for us as Christ’s followers, we have to show our commitment to living a life that pleases God and making disciples of all nations. This was paramount in the ministry of our Lord Jesus while He was on earth. He started His ministry with the call of the first sets of disciples and ended it by instructing all of them to “go make disciples of all nations”. Jesus calls us to a new life, commissions us for a purpose and empowers us with the Holy Spirit so that we can fulfil that purpose – to follow Him as disciples and live for Him as disciple-makers.

When we become His disciples, then we can also make disciples of other people. By this, we will bring advancement to the Kingdom of God. Jesus spent valuable time to train and shown His disciples the new way of life. He did so through His teaching, but most importantly through His lifestyle. He lived an exemplary lifestyle. This is what we, as Christians, have been called to do. Disciple’s Lifestyle is not a programme but a decisive way of life. It is a guide to living a Christ-like life by being and doing.  It is a resource for personal living that points Christ’s followers to Him; teaches the basics of the faith, and then equips us to go out and do the same in our sphere of influence. As disciples of Jesus, we are expected to actually follow Him i.e. listen to what He says, look at what He does and imitate Him.

There is no shortcut to maturity in God’s Kingdom. Every believer has to determine to grow if they will be fit to make disciples of others. It is when mature believers purposefully take up the challenge of training and imparting the principles of discipleship to teachable men and women through whom the Kingdom of God can be established on earth. We must therefore be willing not only to preach the Gospel but also to live it and impact others through it. Our decision to emulate Christ’s lifestyle will bring overflow of blessings to our lives, families, and nation at large.

 

Our Information

I.   Our Annual Literatures

2015 The Disciple: A Student of God’s Word

2015 Disciple’s lifestyle for Youth and Adult

2015 Igbe-aye Omo-Ehin

2015 Disciple’s lifestyle for Children

II. 2015 Life Commitment

This year Life Commitment comes up in July 2015. We urge churches to observe the programme. The Resource for the programme is The Disciple: A Student of God’s Word.

 

III.     Regular Discipleship Resources

1. Six Lessons (Christ Dwelling in You)

2. Believer’s Handbook

3. Follow the Master

4. Serve the Master

5. Master Life

6. The Mind of Christ

7. Experiencing God

8. In God’s Presence

You can purchase these books from Nigerian Baptist Bookstore, Ibadan or Publications Department, Baptist Building, Ibadan.

Joseph O.Afolabi
Coordinator
Discipleship Training Ministry,
Christian Education Department,
Nigerian Baptist Convention, Ibadan.
theteam4christ@yahoo.com
08159990113, 08023054033

Family Life

Family life education is an educational programme of the church designed to intentionally minister to every member of the family that attends our churches or members that are prospects. Family is defined in this context as a father and a mother with or without children while Family Life is the day to day running of the family and all that operates in a family in relation to father, mother and their children. This may also include the effect of the external forces on families such as extended family members, friends, neighbours and co-workers in society where the family lives. Education is teaching, training, instructing, and an idea that gives information, explanation and enlightenment that can help families be what God intended them to be.

Why Family Education in the Church?

 Family life today is in disarray and families in our churches are not exempted. The family today faces a lot of problems that scientists, psychiatrics, professional counsellors and even medication cannot cure. The desire to participate in church activities, social fellowship and the inability to say no to people and events has robbed many Christian parents of their God-ordained parental responsibilities. Many husbands and wives live separately because of economic, social or political issues, lucrative job opportunities, transfers, riots and so on. These types of parents are increasing in our society and it is affecting the family adversely. Inattention to the above mentioned issues has resulted in divorce, separation, unfaithfulness in marriage, loss of family values, disobedient and wayward children, ungodly and unsaved society.

Many of the activities mentioned above have choked studying the Word of God, holy living, Christian values and building good relationships from many families. If family life education is ignored, the future of the church is at stake, knowing that the congregation of a church is made up of many families. The witness of a church is affected by the type of people attending the church and the purpose of the church to affect lives for eternity is jeopardised.

Biblical Foundation for Family: The establishment of family started in the beginning. The account in Genesis chapters one and two explicitly gave what God did to establish family. In this account, God Himself established the family. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God bless them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it’” (Genesis 1:27-28). Also in Genesis 2:18, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” This account explained further how God made a woman for the first man. “And for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” In other words, God made a woman out of a man in order for them to be one flesh that would help them raise up a family. Therefore, the creation story is not just creating people but creating a family that would soon multiply into more families on the surface of the earth. Marriage, the coming together of a husband and a wife was instituted to raise up a family and the people of Israel had so much respect for marriage. Hear this, “If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married” (Deut. 24:5). But today, many do not attach any importance to marriage, which is really affecting us adversely as Christians. The declaration of Joshua showed how much he understood the responsibility God placed on him in regards to family. In Joshua 24:15, he said, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” God established marriage to raise up a godly children that will love and obey Him (Malachi 2:15).

In the New Testament, Jesus also knows the importance of family. He supported the establishment of a family at Cana in Galilee. He taught about permanence in marriage in Matthew 19:4-6; therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate. Paul gave instructions for a healthy home in 1 Corinthians 7. I believe John the beloved had family in mind when He said in 1 John 3:12-14, I write to you dear children, I write to you fathers, I write to you young men. I believe he wrote to mothers too; though not in the same passage, John devoted a whole chapter to address a mother in 2 John. The writings of John gave us the focused people in the family we can minster to and some areas of ministering.

The division has Four units, namely:

1. Children’s Ministries – Ministering to children from birth to twelve years old.

2. Teenagers’ Ministry – Ministering to young people from 13 to 19 years of age.

3. Marriage Enrichment programme for couples and young people in courtship.

4. Christian Parenting – Ministering to Parents, grand-parents and guardians.

BIBLE VERSE: “...But as for me and my house hold, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

SLOGAN: Winning the Family through the WORD

OUR MISSION: Family Life Education Division exists to create awareness on the importance of family and its position in God’s plan, making every family to become an extension of God’s family on earth.

VISION: To be a chief provider of excellent training and effective kingdom educational recourses that will make every person in Nigeria and beyond become a member of God’s family.

OBJECTIVES

1. Family Life Education is established to nurture and develop Christian life in the family.

2. To teach the biblical principles that will lead every member of a family to becoming a true disciple of Jesus.

3. To provide opportunity where every member of the family can be equipped for the work of the ministry.

4. To encourage local churches to develop children’s and teenager’s workers through retreat, seminars and workshops.

5. To strengthen family members through Bible study and discipleship materials.

CORE VALUE

1. Evangelism: Reaching out to every member with the gospel and challenging them to reach out to the other families in their neighbourhood.

2. Discipleship: Use all the literature produced to disciple children, teenagers and their workers, young couples, parents and the aged.

3. Dynamic Worship: Use children worship service programme for children and encouraging every member of the family to participate in individual worship, family worship and dynamic corporate worship in the church.

4. Fellowship: Encouraging churches to have small groups for young couples, parents, singles, single again and senior citizen where they can share concerns and develop themselves.

5. Ministry: Giving opportunity to every member of a family to serve. This may include missions, stewardship - giving time, self and possession to the cause of the gospel

 

CONVENTION LITERACY PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

The beginning of "Sunday School Class" by the first Baptist Missionary to Nigeria could be said to mark the commencement of Literacy programme of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. This unorganized literacy programme continued until 1960 when the Convention formally organized and inaugurated the programme. A missionary named Dr. A. H. Dyson was appointed the first head of the department of Adult Education as it was called then. In 1983, a new Director in person of Dr. K. O. Anifowose was appointed following the exit of Dr. A. H. Dyson. Dr Anifowose stirred the ship of the department till September 28, 1998, when he died in a ghastly motor accident along Kaduna road.
In the early part of 1998, before the demise of Dr. Anifowose, there had been a re-structuring at the Baptist Building that changed the name of the department from Adult Education to Social Ministries Department with Adult Education becoming a division under Social Ministries alongside other divisions like Prison Ministry and Social Concerns. Following that was Revd. Dr. J. A. Aderinto who became the Director of Social Ministries Department. In the year 2000, another restructuring occurred and The Adult Education Division was transferred from Social Ministries Department to Christian Education Department. This was to bring all Educational programmes of the Convention under one department. The following year, a proposal for the change of the name of the division from Adult Education to Literacy was presented to the Advisory Board of the Christian Education Department by Mr. S. O. Adeyemo, the officer in charge of the division. This was approved and the name was changed to Literacy Division. The reason for the change was to fully integrate the young literacy learners who are not Adults into the programme.

OBJECTIVES
To reach out to the illiterates within the churches of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. . To use literacy programme as a tool for evangelism i.e. reaching out to all illiterates irrespective of ethnic or religious inclination. . To help teach one and win one for Christ. . To cooperate with the Federal State and Local Government or any private agency involved in the fight against illiteracy. . To help train volunteer literacy facilitators who will in turn facilitate the learning of Literacy among the learners. . To develop literacy primers and follow-up literatures. . To expose the illiterate ones to the know- how of studying and meditating in the Word of God.

TYPES OF LITERACY PROGRAMMES

The Convention runs three types of literacy programmes, namely: Basic, Post-Basic and Functional literacy programmes. Basic Literacy: This is a literacy programme organized for beginners. These are people coming to the learning environment for the first time. They see writing and reading as magic, they are to be helped hence they are helped to learn the three (3R) 'riting, Reading and 'rithemetics.

Post Basic: This type of literacy programme is meant for those who are willilng to move higher in their learning activities. They want to go beyond just knowing how to read and write to obtain one certificate or the other e.g. primary six, G.C.E. etc.

Funtional Literacy: This is a programme designed to help the people in their everyday life. It is literacy for the development of one and the society. Such literacy skills when acquired can help one in his/her work or vocations. It is the skills required of a man or a woman to function well in a society.

LITERACY MINISTRY

What in the world is literacy ministry all about? According to Dr. K. O. Anifowose, literacy ministry is not mere teaching others how to read and write, but a God-centered love in action. It is the believers' sharing of their God-given talents with others in love purposely to help them discover their God-given potentialities. In essence, literacy ministry is the leading of others to Christ through teaching and witnessing. It is invariably a call to serve others through teaching. The concept of literacy ministry emerged from the love and compassion Jesus had for His disciples, comprising both Jews and Gentiles who were always flocking to Him during His earthly ministry. Starting literacy ministry calls for Divine wisdom and inspiration. Literacy ministry cannot be done without self-dedication, genuine love, compassion for people and being sensitive to needs of the illiterate contingents of the society. Before embarking on the work of literacy ministry, one should have been a prayerful and dedicated Christian. One should have counted the cost of self dedication and be well convinced that God actually wants him to serve in this ministry. All literacy ministry facilitators viz Adult teachers, Superintendents and the likes, should emulate Jesus, the ultimate founder and originator of literacy ministry.

LITERACY MISSION WEEK

This is a programme which was inaugurated in 1985. It is a one-week annual programme designed to allow for the participation of adult new readers and their handlers. It is to be observed by every Baptist Church in our prestigious Nigerian Baptist Convention. During this week, special programmes are observed to motivate the adult readers, teachers and churches so they may continue to relish and embrace the reading classes. The programmes for the week are often gotten from the Literacy Division of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Baptist Building, Oke-Bola, Ibadan.
The Nigerian Baptist Convention has deemed it fit to set apart the first week of March, every year for the Literacy Mission Week in all local Baptist Churches. The weekly programme depending on local churches preferences often includes varieties such as dramas, informative and educative lectures on various topics such as health, education, child-care, Christian faith and so on. Important personalities and experts on various fields are invited as facilitators of the various programmes of the week. Bible quiz is also included in the weekly programme. As the name of the week suggests, it is believed that the programme will be designed in such a way that will largely promote the cardinal aim of winning more souls for Christ. It is therefore expedient for every church of the Nigerian Baptist Convention to embrace and promote the Literacy Mission Week for kingdom growth and to the glory of God.

CHALLENGES
Do you know that Literacy Ministry is a veritable tool for evangelism? Do you have a Literacy Ministry in your church? If your answer is no, please start one today. Appoint a Literacy Director and other Literacy facilitators for your Church. Besides, help your Association to establish a Literacy Division. Appoint a Literacy Superintendent for the Association and he or she is to supervise the Literacy activities of all the Churches in the Association. APPEAL We appeal to all the Conference Secretaries to appoint somebody who has been in the ministry: volunteer or appointed officer who oversees the Literacy activities of all the Associations in the Conference. Let's all join in the effort of giving the Nigerian Baptist Convention Literacy Programme a better, transforming, and result oriented outlook as we resolve to give Convention Literacy Programme a better place in our churches. For more information on how you can establish an effective Literacy Ministry in your church, please contact our office, Literacy Division, Christian Education Department, Baptist Building, Ibadan or the Conference Literacy Officer/Education Minister of your Conference.

ANNUAL CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CONFERENCE

We implore our churches to endeavour to have and sponsor literacy workers to our Annual Christian Education Conference and as well as applicable.

LITERACY QUATERLY REPORTS FROM ASSOCIATIONS

We would like all our Literacy Associational Superintendents / Coordinators to send in their quarterly reports at the appropriate time for good correspondence.

ASSOCIATIONAL LITERACY SEMINAR

We urge all our Associational Superintendents / Coordinators on the need to organize a Literacy Seminar at least once a year, to serve as a form of retreat for all Literacy workers in churches within the Association. Reports on this should be forwarded to us along with the quarterly reports.

LITERACY WORKERS’ RETREAT

For the purpose of maximizing the NBC Literacy Programme in our various churches, we passionately recommend that individual churches should organize a yearly retreat for all their literacy facilitators.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL EMPOWERMENT:

The Role of the Local Church.
There are many roles the local church can play to empower the Sunday school. Prominent among these are the followings:
To Organization of an effective Sunday school
This is based on the grading of the Sunday school into different age groups such as follows:

Suggested Class Divisions Ages

Preschool Division Birth - 2years - 3-5years

Children’s Division 6-8years - 9-10 years

Youth Division 12-14years - 15-17 years

Adult Division 18-24 years

Young Adult 25-29 years

Intermediate Adults 30-59 years

Senior Adults 60 years and above

Extension Division

This is mainly for those who cannot attend the normal classes such as people on special duties, e.g. medical personnel, traffic and prison wardens, the sick, the aged, the prisoners etc.

Each class should have at least two teachers, and the average number of class members should be between 12-20. It is essential to conduct weekly workers meeting so as to pray and discuss the welfare of the Sunday school. There should also be a Sunday school council which will comprise of the Pastor, Sunday school superintendent, Sunday School Secretary and Divisional Heads. They meet monthly to plan and prepare the entire Sunday school program of the church.

To Enlist and train Sunday school officers and workers.

The growth of Sunday school depends on enlisting and training of officers. The key officers of the Sunday school are: the pastor, the superintendent, assistant superintendent, the Sunday school secretary, and the teachers. The pastor needs to organize training sessions for the officers to enable them function effectively.

To Provide classes and time for Teaching

It is the responsibility of the church to provide adequate classes and time for Sunday school lessons .Some churches use classrooms for the Sunday school lessons but most churches use the church auditorium for the classes.

Suggested time to begin the Sunday school is 9.00am. The opening assembly should be brief -10-12 minutes; the lesson proper for intensive bible study should take 45 minutes; and the closing assembly should take about 5 minutes. Members should try to minimize noise as they move to and from their classes. To Provide Teaching Materials
The church is to provide teaching materials for the smooth running of the Sunday school. These includes : different versions of the Bible; Sunday lessons; bible commentaries ; Study Bibles; maps ;magazines; record books etc.

To organize and conduct seminars/ retreats/ clinics/ workshops/conferences

Opportunities for training are available during the Christian education conferences. The church should make provision for members to attend so as to improve the performance of the participants.

To Encourage her Workers

Since Sunday school workers are serving the Lord on voluntary basis, it is necessary for the church to appreciate their efforts in various ways as led by the spirit.

To Observe the Christian Education Department Program and Emphasis

These include, Annual Bible Study, Sunday school Emphasis Week, Holiday Bible School, Read the Bible Through, Weekly Visitation Evangelism.

The church has a major role to play in equipping the Sunday school for effective performance which will further empower the members for kingdom growth.