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RoW church leaders conference

Our desire for organizing this conference is to see that church leaders understand the importance of relationships restored with God, with each other and balance with creation restored. To see Christians united across Nigeria in action as part of a movement for change that gets to the heart of the problem of poverty and shifts the balance of power, so that the poorest and most vulnerable people are treated with justice and love.
The event started 9:30 am on Thursday 19th March 2020 with the arrival of participants, registration and breakfast. The session opened officially by 10 am with an opening prayer, welcoming of visitors and introduction.
The session started with after welcome address by the Country Director of Tearfund was Contextual Analysis of Nigeria by Ben Osawe, he gave a good background to the issues that will be discussed subsequently in the meeting. It was followed by a group discussion asking the question what is the situation of your environment?. With three groups formed from the participants, leaders and secretaries were selected, the discussions helped the participants to discuss factors of environmental problems and to envision a new environment.

The next session was taken by Dr Stephen Daniyam discussing the topic of the Church as light in the 21st century. This session focused on the Biblical concept of the Church as Light and the historical narratives impacts made by the church in a contemporary world. Many Church leaders were inspired to holistic development or mission as seen commanded by Jesus.
The Next Session was taken by Prof. Danny McCain discussing the topic: Church as salt in the context of a broken Environment. This session was an eye-opener for many church leaders bringing the deep theological discussion on the environment to bear and laid the 3 principles of Preservation, Conservation and Restoration of the environment and indeed all God’s creation. The session was inspiring and challenging for participants, questions were asked and several discussions on action followed.

This great event has birth a movement of church leaders who are now committed to solving environmental issues. This group has met monthly to discuss group engagements and have trees planted at every meeting. So far, over 200 trees have been planted in till Jan 2021, this is particularly exciting as it promotes actions that are able to proffer immediate and simple solutions to environmental problems.

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Renew Our World

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

Our world is at a crossroads. We can choose whether to move forward, to continue the incredible gains made against poverty, to strive to halt climate change, to break down structures of inequality… or not.

If we take God’s call of transformation and renewal to heart; then we must be compelled not only to choose justice, but to lead the movement toward it.

Renew Our World is a global movement of Christians who believe that since we are truly image bearers of God, we should act like it – living out love for one another in actions and in truth. Since we are image bearers of God, we won’t stand by while our neighbours are trapped in poverty, and we won’t stay idle as creation is left untended, and inequality is left to fester.

Right now, we are campaigning and praying for action on climate change and waste.

 

Our Vision

 

We have a vision for a world where all people have their basic needs met, everyone has the chance to flourish, we care for creation, and reduce inequality between rich and poor. We believe the church is called to lead the way.

 

You can read more about our vision in the Restorative Economy report.

 

How do we do it?

 

Through our national campaigns combined with joint global moments we’re building a global movement of Christians praying, living and campaigning to make the world fair and sustainable.

 

Are you feeling stirred to play your part in God’s calling to renew our world? Sign up to receive email updates from the campaign and check out our National Campaigns Hub to get involved with a campaign near you, or join from anywhere in the world.

 

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