The Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECCOL) has ended its 48th Liberia Annual Conference with several key projects earmarked for the development of the Church in Liberia.
According to the Church, the 48th Liberia Annual Conference focused on uniting the Church(ECCOL), future activities and how the Church fits in the development of Liberia.
The 48th Liberia Annual Conference of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECCOL) brought together about four hundred Delegates from 6 of the 15 counties of Liberia.
Speaking on the theme “Understanding the Time” from 1 Chronicles 12:32, the first elected Bishop of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECCOL), Rev. G. Abraham Powell reminded members of the Church to do away with vices that could undermine the peace, unity and development of the Church in Liberia.
Bishop Powell called on the congregation to ensure that issues that brought about division in the Church should not be repeated.
The Prelate however stressed the need for unity to be the hall mark of the Church, if the Church should flourish in Liberia.
He said the only medium through which this can happen is when members of Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECCOL) have a clear understanding of the time according to the book of Ecclesiastes.
Bishop Powell said the failure of Christians to understand the time has resulted to many Christians making wrong decisions.
Bishop Powell said the Church has put in place a micro finance loan scheme with the aim of empowering women in the Church and the construction of schools in four counties where the church has branches.
Bishop Powell reporters that all of these initiatives are intended to bring about growth in the Church with a focus on both spiritual and physical empowerment of E.C members.
Meanwhile, Bishop Powell is encouraging E.C members to ensure that they register during the voter registration exercise.
He said registering for the pending Presidential and Legislative elections is the first step to participating in the elections and shows high level of patriotism.
At the end of the Conference, the Church agreed to train several Church members how to read the Holy Bible in the Bassa Vernacular, the provision of 30 scholarships to Church members to persuade high school and college education, and the construction of a multi-purpose School Complex at the St. Paul E.C Church in Gardnarsville which is already on-going, among others.
Also, the construction of a school building is ongoing in Virginia in Montserrado County, quarterly salary payment to National Council members and the establishment of clinics, among others.
During programs marking the official close of the 48th Liberia Annual Conference of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECCOL), it was also announced that the former Bishop of the Church, Rev. Matthew T. Gueh has been ex-communicated from the Church due to acts incompatible with his status as former Head of the E.C. Church of Liberia.
The decision was taken and endorsed by Delegates attending the 48th Liberia Annual Conference of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECCOL), held at the newly refurbished Frank Walker E.C. Church, Marshall Road in Margibi County.
The 48th Liberia Annual Conference of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECCOL) was held from January 22-29, 2017.
Delegates described the Conference as one of the best, and commended Bishop Powell for his tremendous achievements just within a one-year period, as the E.C Church of Liberia leaves from Statics to dynamism.