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THE RESOLUTION OF THE GENERAL SYNOD ON FOREIGN MISSIONS: CONNAM – BY PRIMATE | Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)

THE RESOLUTION OF THE GENERAL SYNOD ON FOREIGN MISSIONS: CONNAM – BY PRIMATE

  • Korede Akintunde
  • February 7, 2024
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The General Synod passed a Resolution on the operations and functions of the Foreign Missions of the Church of Nigeria in order to bring all Foreign Missions within the Constitutional Provisions of the Church of Nigeria and under the supervision of the Office of the Primate and the Directorate of Missions [Foreign].  Effectively, Dioceses created outside the jurisdiction of the Church of Nigeria were dissolved and reverted to Missionary Dioceses and Areas. This is in line with the Fundamental principle of juridical policy in the Anglican Communion. The Church of Nigeria has the right to own Missions and Convocations outside her geographic Jurisdiction and share in partnership in Missions with Dioceses and Provinces that share her Doctrinal and Missional convictions.

The Implementation of the Resolution on CONNAM has begun. The necessary Consultations and putting the necessary Structures in place have also been effected.

  • The CONNAM Missionary Regions have been delineated and Assigned to the Bishops.
  • Mission Areas have been created and we have appointed the Canon Missioners who will supervise these areas under the Bishops of the Regions.
  • The Legal Officers for CONNAM have been appointed and they are as follows:

1. Attorney Muyiwa Sobo              – Chancellor

2. Attorney Okey Dike                    – Deputy Chancellor

3. Attorney Emeka Nwankwo         – Deputy Chancellor

4. Attorney  Henry Nnabugwu       – Registrar

5. Attorney Taiye Iyasere                – Deputy Registrar

  • Other CONNAM Officers:
  • Chaplain to the Council of Knights, Dames and Ladies
  • The CONNAM Communicator
  • The Coordinating Team for Prayer and Spirituality

CONNAM MISSIONARY REGIONS, AREAS

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MISSIONARY BISHOPS/CANON MISSIONERS

S/NOMISSIONARY REGIONSAREASHEADQUARTERSMISSIONARY BISHOP CANON MISSIONERS
1SOUTHWEST MISSIONARY REGIONArea 1: West of Harris County, Western Texas Counties, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah.Holy Trinity Church, Houston, TX.The Ven. Chukwuma Ubadinobi
Area 2: East of Harris County, Eastern Texas Counties, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, and Hawaii.All Saints’ Church, Houston, TX.The Ven. Ugochukwu Okoroafor
2.SOUTHEAST MISSIONARY REGION  Area 1: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and TennesseeChrist’s Church, Marietta GAThe Rt Rev’d Celestine Ironna
Area 2: Missouri, Arkansas, and MississippiThe New Evangelical Church, Columbia, MOThe Ven. Yinka Eniade
3.GREAT LAKES MISSIONARY REGION    Area 1: Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, and MinnesotaChurch of the Resurrection, Indianapolis, INThe Ven. Sunday Bolarin
Area 2: Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North DakotaMount Zion Church, Chicago, Ill.Vacant
4.NORTH ATLANTIC MISSIONARY REGION    Area 1: New York, New Jersey, and PennsylvaniaAnglican Church of Transformation, Mayslanding, NJThe Rt Rev’d Augustine Unuigbe
Area 2: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhodes Island, Maine, and Vermont All Saints’ Church, Boston, MAThe Ven. Femi Adetoro
5.SOUTH ATLANTIC MISSIONARY REGIONArea 1: Maryland, Delaware Washington DC, Virginia, and West VirginiaAll Saint’s Anglican Church, Hyattsville, MDThe Ven. Tunde Shabi
Area 2: North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and KentuckyEmmanuel Church, Raleigh, NCThe Rt. Rev’d Martyn Anagbogu
6.PACIFIC MISSIONARY REGION  Area 1: Western Los Angeles counties, Southern California, Idaho, and MontanaChrist’s Church, Los Angeles, CAThe Ven. Ikechukwu Nwafor
Area 2: Eastern Los Angeles counties, Washington, and NevadaHoly Trinity Church, Los Angeles, CAThe Ven. Chris Odoemena
Area 3: Northern California, Oregon, and AlaskaAll Saints Church, Sacramento, CAThe Ven. Aaron Ajoku
7.CANADA MISSIONARY REGION  Area 1: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova ScotiaAnglican Church of the Redeemer, ReginaThe Ven. Matthew Olajide
Area 2: Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and LabradorAnglican Church of the Annunciation, TorontoThe Ven. Loveday Chuks Elezie
Area 3: British Columbia, Alberta, YukonAnglican Church of the Trinity, New Westminster, BCThe Ven. Temidayo Fasan

We must thank and commend all our Bishops, Clergy, and Laity for their sacrifice, cooperation, and teamwork in working out the demands of the Resolution.  We have faced some challenges such as misinformation and misunderstanding of the purpose of the Resolution. However, consultations with different Groups have helped us. We are still working to sort out some of the issues.

Generally, we have made much progress and all our people are in support of the restructuring and resetting of Missions as the main focus of CONNAM. The future is bright and we are set to move to the next stage of the Task, through collective Visioning, Missions, Training, and Reorientation, Church-planting and Discipleship. The Clergy of CONNAM are eligible to be elected as Bishops of the Church of Nigeria. CONNAM is part and parcel of the Church of Nigeria and shall not be handed over to anyone or group. We shall work in partnership with other Christian Mission organizations and churches that share our Doctrinal convictions and passion for Mission.

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