Bishop Adegbite Now NACREN Patron

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By Joyce Remi-Babayeju

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Bishop Stephen Adegbite is now the Patron of the National Association of Christian Religious Educators of Nigeria, NACREN.

The National President of the Association, Prof. Reuben Maiture on Tuesday, conferred the honour on him.

The investiture which took place at the NCPC Corporate headquarters during a courtesy visit by the Association was witnessed by the executive members of the religious body.

The NCPC boss thanked the NACREN executives for finding him worthy of the honour, as he underscores the importance of the association.

The Bishop Adegbite noted the role of the Association in instilling the tenets of Christianity in the Christiandom.

He said that the Christian Religious Studies, CRS has been his area of specialization, having studied it from undergraduate to doctoral level at the university.

The NCPC boss urged the executive members of NACREN to continue to strive for relevance by encouraging the study of CRS in our schools.

According to him; “the blood of martyrs will continue to be the seed of the church.”

He admitted that he is a good example of an adherent of Christian Religious Studies and has benefited immensely from the subject.

He added that religious studies cut across other disciplines and has done a lot for humanity.

Furthermore, he further stressed the need to identify Christians in the tertiary institutions with a view to sponsoring them on pilgrimage to rebuild their faith and encourage others.

Likewise, he promised to work in synergy with NACREN to achieve the objectives of the Association.

He also assured them of his support for their annual bible quiz completion, stating that their labour of love will never be in vain.

Earlier, the National President of the National Association of Christian Religious Educators of Nigeria ,Prof. Reuben Maiture disclosed the visit was to congratulate Bishop Adegbite on his well-deserved appointment as the Executive Secretary of NCPC.

He pledged to continue to uphold him in prayer, stating that God has started the good work in his life and with his determination and commitment, he would finish well.

Prof. Maiture explained that NACREN is a learned professional body established in 1973 and that Christian Religious Studies is their ministry.

He affirmed that teachers must possess Godly character and must teach in words and deeds.

He solicited for the support of the Executive Secretary in the sponsorship of the annual bible competition of the Association.

He commended the invaluable role played by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN by insisting that Christian Religious Studies must be taught in schools, stating that CRS is now a full-fledged subject in our school curriculum.

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