The newly elected education secretary of the Cameron Baptist Convention, CBC, Director of Finance and the Directors for Men’s and Women’s Departments have all been inducted into their various functions by the church. This was during a recent triple event at the CBC church in Nkwen, Bamenda.
The newly appointed officials include the new CBC Education Secretary, Job Nyanganji, Director of Finance, Ntam Ephraim, the Director of Men’s Department, Rev Jegu Richard as well as the Director of Women’s Department. They replaced, expatriate missionary worker, Walter Glop, Rev Paul Mbunwe and Haddison Paul Luma respectively. Rev Mbunwe who had served the church as Pastor and as pioneer Director of the Men’s Work and Hospital Chaplain was described as a selfless leader who before his last days at work had put in place internal rules and regulations, a strategic plan for the men’s work for the next four years and a staff police. In appreciation, the men’s work donated a Toyota corolla car to him as retirement car to enable him live well in retirement.
In a send forth ceremony earlier conducted by Rev Dr. Mokake, he described the outgoing directors as people who have dedicated their lives to the service of the church and that they should consider their retirement merely as exchange of assignments. Speakers at the event pointed out that change in any organisation or assembly has never been a problem but the challenges that come with it.
In his message to the appointees and to the entire congregation, the Executive President of the CBC, Rev Dr. Ncham Goodwill, reading from the book of Joshua, chapter 1:1-9 on the theme leadership, a call to courage highlighted that leadership challenges have continue to growing with the growth in the society. To him, many people want the leaders to follow the popular way. “Many people do not want to be leaders today. Leadership has become in between the governed and the governor. If you do not do what they people want, you become unpopular. At one moment you hardly know whether you are leading or following but always be strong and courageous,” he cautioned.
John Fru Ndi, who was described as a friend of the church congratulated the outgoing directors and thanked them for jobs well done. “You are taking office when education in our country is at crossroads, but given your accumulated experience and the trust in God I believe the various assignments God has selected for you shall sail through,” he said.
By Jean Marie Ngong Song