By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Over 300 participants drawn from 16 denominations that form the bloc, have converged on Kaduna for the 65th Tarayyar Ekklisiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (TEKAN) conference, being hosted by the United Church of Christ in Nations (HEKAN).
In his welcome address on Wednesday January 8, , President of HEKAN, Reverend Amos G. Kiri amplified the need for unity amongst church leaders, in view of challenges being experienced.
“We are here to discuss issues of common interest affecting all of us as one body of Christ. TEKAN has come a long way, it has placed on us the honour and responsibility to keep the flag flying and make it a stronger fellowship for our sake and that of posterity.
” You will agree with me that there are enormous and numerous challenges facing the 21st century church; the antidote to overcoming these mounting challenges of our times and perhaps the end time is to stand strong together as a fellowship, ” he said.
Reverend Kiri stressed that TEKAN’s relevance is important and very necessary to overcoming the prevailing challenges.
“TEKAN’s relevance is therefore, paramount and cannot be overemphasized if we must defeat the prevailing tactics of the enemy to divide the body of Christ the world over and especially in Nigeria.
” The Bible has cautioned us already, ‘Two cannot walk together except they agree’ (Amos 3:3). Walking together as a fellowship for these last 65 years has not only been beneficial to the Christendom; walking together as one is the key to TEKAN survival and continuous relevance, ” he added.
He assured that the 65th assembly is pregnant with interesting issues to be deliberated upon.
“I am hopeful that our prayers for a successful general assembly has not gone unheard, God himself is here and will guide our leaders to a successful conclusion of this assembly,” he prayed.
The 65th TEKAN General Assembly is a weeklong event and features several activities including; business session, Sunday Worship Service, personal devotion and others.
President of TEKAN, Dr. Caleb S. Ahimais expe ted to deliver his speech on Thursday January 9.
The 16 denominations that comprise TEJAN are; CRCN, EYN, COCIN, LCCN, UMCN, NKST, LWF, HEKAN, ERCC, RCCN, ANCA, ECCN, UMCA, CEFN, NRC and MBCN.